'Appalled' councillor quits Keighley Town Centre Partnership

A councillor has quit Keighley Town Centre Partnership because of what he describes as the “bureaucratic nonsense” he has to wade through to get things done.

Coun Andrew Mallinson, who represents Craven ward on Bradford Council, said he was “appalled” councillors had been told they had just two months to come up with £10,000 worth of environmental improvement projects in Keighley, and that the council had created a system seemingly destined to slow things down.

The Conservative member has asked to be removed from the Keighley Town Centre Partnership, which is dedicated to improving the town centre.

Last Thursday, the council’s Keighley Area Committee, of which he is also a member, heard it still had £38,013 to spend on numerous projects. This included a fund of £10,000 to improve Keighley town centre.

Jeff Bennett, area co-ordinator at the council, said: “We will set up a ward partnership team to see how these developments take place.” Their decisions will then have to go to other councillors for approval.

But Coun Mallinson said the town was already represented by the area committee, town centre partnership and Keighley Town Centre Association, and couldn’t understand why yet another group was needed.

He said: “I’m appalled we’ve got two months left of the financial year and we have £38,000 that still hasn’t been spent.

“I welcome money for the town centre environmental improvements, but no way are we going to come up with a project to spend £10,000 on in time.

“I welcome everyone getting involved, but this will just slow things down. We have two months to get on with something. We are just creating a dinosaur.”

Committee chairman Coun Steve Pullen said: “There are segments of the council that don’t know what another group is doing. We just want to tie this project together.”

Mr Bennett defended the new partnership, saying the idea was for all three wards that make up the town centre to have representation on how the £10,000 is spent.

After the meeting, Coun Mallinson said his role on the town centre partnership was undermined when such decisions had to go through another group or committee. He said: “It is just bureaucratic nonsense.”

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9:19am Tue 5 Feb 13

nannatyke says...

Committee chairman Coun Steve Pullen said: “There are segments of the council that don’t know what another group is doing

This sounds very familiary. Keighley Town Councillors don't seem to know what their committees get up to either!
Committee chairman Coun Steve Pullen said: “There are segments of the council that don’t know what another group is doing This sounds very familiary. Keighley Town Councillors don't seem to know what their committees get up to either! nannatyke

9:19am Tue 5 Feb 13

nannatyke says...

Committee chairman Coun Steve Pullen said: “There are segments of the council that don’t know what another group is doing

This sounds very familiary. Keighley Town Councillors don't seem to know what their committees get up to either!
Committee chairman Coun Steve Pullen said: “There are segments of the council that don’t know what another group is doing This sounds very familiary. Keighley Town Councillors don't seem to know what their committees get up to either! nannatyke

12:38pm Tue 5 Feb 13

Behind_the_8-Ball says...

Please note: this comment thread may be hijacked at any moment and be subverted into a discussion about "Blu-Tac"
Please note: this comment thread may be hijacked at any moment and be subverted into a discussion about "Blu-Tac" Behind_the_8-Ball

10:48pm Tue 5 Feb 13

samuels david says...

nannatyke.

To pay for the tremendous lost at the Civic Centre the public will at last waken up to the fact that they have been conned, especially if the Keighley precept sores to between 60 and 95% in a couple of months time.

(Because the ratepayers just don’t care, the KT council are still spending public money on trips for two to London.)

David Samuels
nannatyke. To pay for the tremendous lost at the Civic Centre the public will at last waken up to the fact that they have been conned, especially if the Keighley precept sores to between 60 and 95% in a couple of months time. (Because the ratepayers just don’t care, the KT council are still spending public money on trips for two to London.) David Samuels samuels david

6:32am Wed 6 Feb 13

Little Green Man says...

Blue-Tack
Blue-Tack Little Green Man

6:32am Wed 6 Feb 13

Little Green Man says...

Blue-Tack
Blue-Tack Little Green Man

6:32am Wed 6 Feb 13

Little Green Man says...

Blue-Tack
Blue-Tack Little Green Man

6:33am Wed 6 Feb 13

Little Green Man says...

'Sores' Dave?
'Sores' Dave? Little Green Man

11:13am Wed 6 Feb 13

samuels david says...

To those who do not understand the word, ‘Sores’.

It basically means, painful, annoying, distressing, an infected spot etc.

However I do hope that those who are posting are not trying create another rant.

Please let's try to observe the original thread by not reverting back to the ‘Muppet’ place name.

So sad!

David Samuels
To those who do not understand the word, ‘Sores’. It basically means, painful, annoying, distressing, an infected spot etc. However I do hope that those who are posting are not trying create another rant. Please let's try to observe the original thread by not reverting back to the ‘Muppet’ place name. So sad! David Samuels samuels david

4:26pm Wed 6 Feb 13

Graham Forsyth says...

Cllr Steve Pullan? That will be the same councillor who tweeted for MP George Galloway to may be top himself.

T&A 6th February 2013

“Bradford West MP George Galloway has called for immediate action against a Keighley councillor who posted an online comment saying the politician should “top” himself.

Coun Steve Pullen (Labour, Keighley East), chairman of Bradford Council’s Keighley Area Committee, made the comment on Twitter on Sunday in reply to anti-Galloway user Where’s George.

The spoof feed said: “Will George actually do something for Bradford West this week?” to which Coun Pullen replied: “Maybe top himself?”
Cllr Steve Pullan? That will be the same councillor who tweeted for MP George Galloway to may be top himself. T&A 6th February 2013 “Bradford West MP George Galloway has called for immediate action against a Keighley councillor who posted an online comment saying the politician should “top” himself. Coun Steve Pullen (Labour, Keighley East), chairman of Bradford Council’s Keighley Area Committee, made the comment on Twitter on Sunday in reply to anti-Galloway user Where’s George. The spoof feed said: “Will George actually do something for Bradford West this week?” to which Coun Pullen replied: “Maybe top himself?” Graham Forsyth

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