I would like to pass my thanks on to all the Bingley Residents who came to the Public Meeting on Thursday 24th July to show their support for action to be taken at the old Bradford and Bingley site.
The Public meeting, kindly hosted at All Saints Church in Bingley and chaired by Rev Beverley Mason, saw residents put questions to a panel including Leader of the Council David Green, Local Bingley Councillors, as well as Sainsbury’s representatives.
Attendees saw the 5 executives from Sainsbury’s answered questions regarding the Old Bradford and Bingley site, as well as the future of the Sainsbury’s convenience store. Sainsbury’s explained that they are currently considering different demolition options for the site, however they did estimate that the demolition could take 24 weeks for full removal. They also mentioned that they have 2 potential buyers for the site, one for residential purpose and a second buyer considering residential and commercial plans. It was acknowledged that Sainsbury’s had failed to give effective and regular communication with the residents of Bingley, and thus this was something they are committed to changing, especially given their continued plans for a smaller convenience store.
Having a chance to hear the concerns of my constituents first hand, they left with many issues to consider, including the appearance and upkeep of the site, as well as to consider what the future purpose of the site should be and how best it can serve the residents of Bingley.
After a refreshments break offered by the helpers at All Saints Parish Church, the second half resumed with questions to Cllr David Green, Leader of Bradford Council. With the threat to close the public toilets and Bingley Swimming Pool, along with the recent approval of the housing development at Micklethwaite, this session was just as lively.
Again Cllr Green offered regular contact with Bingley residents on these matters, and the issue was highlighted that Bingley is a separate town to Shipley and Keighley, and therefore has its own needs.
I hope that everyone who attended the public meeting found it useful, and I will be sure to update you with any information I receive.
In the meantime, if you have any queries please feel free to contact me.
Philip Davies MP