‘We’re keeping police money’ in Silsden

Keighley News: Councillor Chris Atkinson Councillor Chris Atkinson

A district councillor has renewed his demand that Silsden Town Council hand over £25,000 of police cash.

Andrew Mallinson insists Bradford Council must be given the money to spend on community facilities in the town.

But town council chairman Councillor Chris Atkinson has reiterated his members are keeping the money for a proposed community building in Wesley Place.

West Yorkshire Police originally provided the money in 2005 for a community contact point in Silsden after the police station closed. Bradford handed the money to Silsden council about two years ago to provide a facility.

Coun Mallinson, who represents Craven ward on Bradford Council, asked for the money to be given back last October so it could be spent on the refurbishment of Silsden Town Hall.

Coun Atkinson declared at the time: “Possession is nine-tenths of the law and we have the money. The money was given to the people of Silsden, not Bradford.”

Coun Atkinson told the Keighley News his comment would still be the same. He said recent discussions between the two councils over the issue were confidential.

Coun Mallinson said: “The town council has had more than two years to develop a scheme. It has been given so much opportunity to do something positive and worthwhile for Silsden.”

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