The new Telegraph & Argus feature reporting on extended hours of City Centre lighting funded through the Bradford Business Improvement District (BID) scheme is heartening to hear of, especially when 630 firms have apparently signed up for the BID initiative in Bradford.
Bradford BID involves the Council coming together with local businesses who fund the cost of public realm improvements within a defined geographical area and utilise Council contacts to help organise the work.
Bradford needs to do what it can to encourage both shoppers and those with leisure time to come into the City Centre at night-time when it remains dark from late October through until late March.
It seems that the operators of the Broadway Shopping Centre were the main private sector party behind this initiative and given that the Centre opens late some nights of the week, it must be in their best interests to help bring it about.
The cynical amongst us would probably argue that business ratepayers shouldn’t be having to put their hand in their pocket to fund such projects; but the reality is that Councils have had to pare back their expenditure since the Credit Crunch and still have huge demands on their remaining resources, an example being social care for the elderly and others.
Andrew Idle Associates are active in central Bradford and within the past year or two let or sold various retail premises on behalf of Clients.