Action to bring Ilkley's town centre up to scratch

Ilkley Gazette: Councillor Mike Ridgway Councillor Mike Ridgway

Action is being taken to help improve the appearance of Ilkley’s streets following criticism of the state of the town centre.

Aged and rusting litter bins in the town centre are being replaced, says Bradford Council, and a council officer has offered to visit Ilkley and carry out a visual audit of problems reported.

Meanwhile, Ilkley in Bloom has asked if Ilkley Parish Council would consider contracting a lengthsman – instead of debating a town centre manager – to make sure tasks are tended to in the town.

Ilkley parish councillor, Mike Ridgway, recently gave a presentation to fellow councillors highlighting patched-up pavements, dumped rubbish, overflowing and rusted litter bins, advertising A-boards strewn in the streets, and the deteriorating condition of business premises frontages.

Since then, he has been contacted by Ilkley people who echoed his sentiments about the appearance of the town – ranging from bins left blown over in the streets to discarded traffic cones.

A ward councillor also made a plea last week for drivers to avoid parking on and churning us grass roadside verges, particularly around schools.

Sue Gledhill, of Keighley Area Co-ordinator’s Office, told Ilkley Parish Council last week that district councillors had agreed to put money towards new litter bins for Brook Street She said the new, larger bins should be in place by the end of this month.

Mrs Gledhill told parish councillors she was happy to come to Ilkley to carry out a visual audit of maintenance issues which are the responsibility of Bradford Council.

But she said the authority’s budget was constrained.

“It simply is a case that the district council budget us very stretched, but certainly, the district councillors all share the view that it’s very important we do as much as we can do,” said Mrs Gledhill.

Ilkley in Bloom’s Kate Brown asked the parish council if it would be possible to employ a parish caretaker or contractor to help maintain good standards in the town centre.

Mrs Brown also told the council she had seen one trader putting out seven advertising A-boards on town centre streets, in conflict with Bradford Council guidelines on use of the boards.

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2:50pm Wed 26 Mar 14

pjl20 says...

The answer to the problem of Ilkley looking a little shabby and neglected, is unlikely to be addressed by the Parish Council. This is surely something Bradford MDC ought to attend to. This is to whom we pay our council taxes.

A better and long-lasting solution will be to break away completely from Bradford and to form a new Airedale & Wharfedale District Council, separate from the metropolitan borough. The new council to have it's own council tax raising powers and elected councillors. Plenty of space is available for staff in unused and empty buildings around the district, including Ilkley town hall.

Such a plan has the support of Kris Hopkins MP and Philip Davies MP. The new boundary would include Keighley, Ilkley, Shipley and Bingley, besides some smaller locations.

This way our council taxes would remain in this new district borough to be spent locally. Then we may expect our council taxes to be used to improve Ilkley. Council tax is not a charity, it must be used to support and enhance local services, amenities and facilities.
The answer to the problem of Ilkley looking a little shabby and neglected, is unlikely to be addressed by the Parish Council. This is surely something Bradford MDC ought to attend to. This is to whom we pay our council taxes. A better and long-lasting solution will be to break away completely from Bradford and to form a new Airedale & Wharfedale District Council, separate from the metropolitan borough. The new council to have it's own council tax raising powers and elected councillors. Plenty of space is available for staff in unused and empty buildings around the district, including Ilkley town hall. Such a plan has the support of Kris Hopkins MP and Philip Davies MP. The new boundary would include Keighley, Ilkley, Shipley and Bingley, besides some smaller locations. This way our council taxes would remain in this new district borough to be spent locally. Then we may expect our council taxes to be used to improve Ilkley. Council tax is not a charity, it must be used to support and enhance local services, amenities and facilities. pjl20
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7:45am Thu 27 Mar 14

jono1969 says...

The mobile fish van in the car park had 10 separate advertising boards around Ilkley the other day. Some covering traffic bollards.

It makes the car park look like a car boot sale 3 days a week.
The mobile fish van in the car park had 10 separate advertising boards around Ilkley the other day. Some covering traffic bollards. It makes the car park look like a car boot sale 3 days a week. jono1969
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