MP renews calls for new Shipley council area

Wharfedale Observer: MP Philip Davies MP Philip Davies

An MP has accused Bradford council of neglecting residents in Shipley and Keighley – but the government has refused to create two separate council areas.

Shipley MP Philip Davies said his constituents, including those living in Menston and Burley-in-Wharfedale, were “sick to the back teeth” of planning decisions taken by the Labour-run authority.

He re-issued a call by neighbouring Keighley and Ilkley MP Kris Hopkins, who is now a government minister, to allow Keighley and Shipley to become its own council area.

Speaking in the Commons Mr Davies said: “My constituents in Shipley are sick to the back teeth of Labour-run Bradford council imposing decisions upon them against their wishes and against their interests, particularly in planning, and it is perfectly clear that they only care about their heartlands in Bradford rather than Shipley.”

Mr Davies told MPs Mr Hopkins previously suggested a local authority for Keighley and Shipley constituencies should be examined.

He added: “This would take us out of the Bradford district. This is something I would, and my constituents would agree with wholeheartedly.”

Mr Davies went on to ask how the matter could be progressed given Mr Hopkins’ “elevated position” in the government department responsible for councils.

Communities Secretary and former Leader of Bradford Council Eric Pickles said there were no plans for a split.

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4:00pm Fri 7 Mar 14

pjl20 says...

This is a splendid question put to Kris Hopkins MP, now a Minister at the DCLG, by Philip Davies MP recently, in a House of Commons debate.

I am all for a new District Council of Airedale & Wharfedale, comprising Ilkley, Keighley, Bingley, Shipley, Menston and Burley in Wharfedale and some smaller villages within this area.

All to be separate from Bradford MDC with council tax raised locally and spent within the new council area, not siphoned off to be spent in Bradford city area.

I wrote to Kris Hopkins myself on the very same subject around a month ago. No reply has yet been received from him.
This is a splendid question put to Kris Hopkins MP, now a Minister at the DCLG, by Philip Davies MP recently, in a House of Commons debate. I am all for a new District Council of Airedale & Wharfedale, comprising Ilkley, Keighley, Bingley, Shipley, Menston and Burley in Wharfedale and some smaller villages within this area. All to be separate from Bradford MDC with council tax raised locally and spent within the new council area, not siphoned off to be spent in Bradford city area. I wrote to Kris Hopkins myself on the very same subject around a month ago. No reply has yet been received from him. pjl20
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8:13am Sat 8 Mar 14

RNJT1970 says...

Given the blatant lies told, time after time, from Bradford Met, the mis management if funds, the failure to provide services, the mis management of funds and failure to provide clear answers to direct questions, a newly formed council is the only way forward.

I asked the question recently about transferring control to North Yorkshire, but was told that we would not be any better off.
Given the blatant lies told, time after time, from Bradford Met, the mis management if funds, the failure to provide services, the mis management of funds and failure to provide clear answers to direct questions, a newly formed council is the only way forward. I asked the question recently about transferring control to North Yorkshire, but was told that we would not be any better off. RNJT1970
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