A former President of Bradford Chamber of Commerce has called on his regeneration ideas for the city to be adopted in City Hall.
John Pennington, President just after the turn of the Millenium, has put forward several ideas to help develop the city centre. Under Cllr Pennington’s plan, key shopping streets such as Darley Street, Kirkgate and Ivegate, would be covered at rooftop level with polythene sheeting, creating a space for an indoor-outdoor market. Free parking for two hours, a taxi rank outside the Alhambra, and the return of the £1 hop-on hop-off city bus are also in his plans.
John, now Deputy Leader of the Conservative Group in City Hall, has produced a report, which includes these thoughts: “Picture a refurbished Odeon connected to the Alhambra by a glass atrium containing a restaurant with panoramic views over the City Park fountains and up-to-date toilet facilities.”
John has suggested that, with or without a new high-speed rail station for Bradford, there should still be a cross-rail scheme to merge the city’s two existing stations, possibly using tunnels. Cllr Pennington also called for West Yorkshire Combined Authority to immediately release £325,000 of funding allocated to Bradford Live for its project to reopen the former Odeon building as a venue.