An anonymous commentor (why the need to hide - I'm not going to eat you for heaven's sake) has a bit of an ill-informed go at me. I've fisked the comment - not a regular habit here but I thought worthwhile on this occasion:
"I've just read your piece in issue 7 of Bradford Howdo? magazine, headed with this quote 'Sometimes I sits and thinks, and sometimes I just sits'"
- Secured the restoration of Manningham Mills
- Improvements to Manningham Park
- The rescuing of Eastbrook Hall
- Robert’s Park, Saltaire
- Bradford International Markets Festival
- City Park
- Impressions Gallery & Gallery One
- Refurbishment of John Street Market
- Airedale greenways project
- Airedale Partnership
- Broadband enablement of the whole District
- Improvements to Keighley market
I find the disdain and apathy which oozes through in your piece, along with your derogatory use off the word 'agitators' to describe people who are sick to death of inept politicians and corporations who have destroyed a section of Bradford, deeply offensive.
But you're a councillor aren't you, so we shouldn't expect anything else.
Understand that people who have lived in Bradford are utterly disgusted with you, the councillors and the corporations who have decimated Bradford. And your snide use of descriptive language against people with a valid repulsion at what's happened is a disgrace.
I’m going to start with the unpopular bit – throughout the development the council has acted in good faith and has delivered on the promises it made to developers, Yorkshire Forward, the Department for Communities and Local Government, and through them the European Commission. Occupiers, agitators and those riding the bandwagon of local annoyance may wish it to be otherwise but councils are in the business of running local services not developing shopping centres.
How long has that hole has been there? Why is it taking so long?
Whole cities get rebuilt after the tragedy of war in a fraction of the time it takes to build a bloody shopping center (sic).
You should be ashamed of yourself, but you're not are you? Like the council and Westfield you simply don't care.