July 2010 | Summer Newsletter
Manningham Masterplan
Welcome to the Summer 2010 edition of our newsletter
 

This is our third e-bulletin, designed to keep local residents, visitors, businesses and everybody else informed of news and activity taking place in the Masterplan area. The e-bulletin is published quarterly and will highlight achievements and developments in key areas such as improving housing conditions for residents, the creation of employment opportunities, enabling business start up / growth, and implementing environmental improvements.

Masterplan welcomes new Chair

Following the local elections in May, Cllr David Green has replaced Cllr Adrian Naylor as Chair of the Manningham Masterplan Board. He also becomes Portfolio holder for Regeneration and Economy on the Council's Executive.

Cllr Green has been a Councillor for nearly 20 years and has held several key positions on Bradford Council relating to economic development and regeneration.

Masterplan welcomes new Chair
Work begins on new play area on Lumb Lane

Work has begun on the Grosvenor ground natural play area on Lumb Lane, to provide exciting new recreation and activity space for the community. The equipment to be installed includes stone climbing boulders, swings, slides, monkey bars and climbing nets. The designs also feature mounds and hollows landforms.

Designs for the project were drawn up following input from residents and community organisations during two consultation events held last year. The new play area is funded by Waste Recycling Environmental (WREN), Playbuilder and Ward Investment Fund. In addition, funding from Aiming High went towards purchasing play equipment for disabled children and young people. Cllr David Green, Executive Member for Regeneration and Economy and Chair of the Manningham Masterplan, said: "The residents in Manningham wanted a safe and secure place where young people could play and residents could relax and Grosvenor Ground will deliver exactly that."

Work is expected to be completed by October this year. Supporting environmental improvement works in the area is a key objective of the Manningham Masterplan.

Work begins on new play area on Lumb Lane
Improved allotments on Scotchman Road

Bradford Council has recently completed works to improve the facilities for allotment holders on Scotchman Road. As well as tidying up the site, perimeter fencing and new gates were also put in, to the value of £80,000.

Allotment holders are also making good use of their new water butts, valued at £3750, which were kindly donated by Yorkshire Water. Manningham Masterplan approached the company for help with solutions for using water in a more sustainable way.

Later on this year a pilot-run of new push down taps will be trialled on the site as a way of conserving water. This is the first allotment site in the district where this will be trialled.

Improved allotments on Scotchman Road
Environmental improvements in Manningham

Work is ongoing to improve two play areas in Manningham. Work on a brand new play area at the Millan Centre on Victor St is expected to start in mid July and finish by mid August. Work will include the installation of new play equipment and the reinstatement of the wooden animals which had become a firm favourite with local children. Funded by the Ward Investment Fun (WIF) and Waste Recycling Environmental (WREN), the work follows an earlier project to plant trees and shrubs at the centre.

Meanwhile, residents were asked for their views on designs for a new play area in Springcliffe gardens, on Bavaria Place on the 20th July. Funded by WIF, the project aims to improve this derelict play area for the benefit of local children. Work is planned to start in October this year and is expected to last two months. For further information, contact Mahmood Mohammed, Ward Coordinator on 01274 433533 or email: mahmood.mohammed@bradford.gov.uk Environmental improvement work is a key objective of the Masterplan.

Environmental improvements in Manningham
Manningham's heritage celebrated in new book

The built heritage of Manningham has been celebrated in a new book published by English Heritage. The book entitled ‘Manningham: Character and Diversity in a Bradford Suburb' charts the development of Manningham’s rich built heritage.

The book looks at important buildings of local interest including Apsley Crescent, Southfield Square, Hanover Square and Peel Square as well as Lister Mill which was once the largest employer in the city.

At the launch of the book, at Manningham Mills Community Centre on 24th June, Trevor Mitchell, regional director of English Heritage, said: "At its height, Manningham was regarded as Bradford's premier residential suburb. It was the 'best end of town' and a byword for status, style and exclusivity". Improving housing conditions for local residents and preserving Manningham's built heritage are key objectives of the Masterplan. To purchase the book, go to www.english-heritage.org.uk/publications/manningham/

Manningham's heritage celebrated in new book
Brisk Business at ABL and GRID*@ CBC

Just over half way through the calendar year and Carlisle Business Centre (CBC) and GRID* @ CBC which is based in the centre are reporting high occupancy rates. The occupancy rate at CBC, which provides business space for firms is a healthy 90 per cent with a lot of new start-ups. Owned by Action for Business Limited (ABL), the CBC offers affordable workspace as well as meeting and conferencing facilities.

The GRID*@ CBC, which helps new and pre-start businesses, has seen several of its businesses thrive despite the recession. One of their most recent success stories is 'Intermind Events'. Established less than a year ago they organise events, conferences and workshops for people struggling with psychiatric issues. Less than a year after start-up they landed a major contract with mental health charity MIND. As a result of this rapid expansion they now have their own 'space' in one of the new units at CBC.

ABL Chief Executive, Jenny Pupius adds: "Our positive start to the year confirms that Carlisle Business Centre is increasingly becoming a first port of call for small businesses in Bradford seeking affordable workspace. That's great news for us and the local community, which enjoys the spin-off benefits of having a successful organisation in its midst."

Earlier this year, CBC added a further eight units of workspace, funded by Bradford Kickstart. Supporting business growth and employment opportunities are key objectives of the Manningham Masterplan.

Brisk Business at ABL and GRID*@ CBC
Cartwright Hall re-opens following repairs

Cartwright Hall has re-opened after £200,000 of repairs. The Grade-II listed hall, set in the grounds of Lister Park, was closed in August after part of a ceiling collapsed.

The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Bradford attended the official opening on 5th June.

As well as work on the ceilings, building and plaster work has also taken place, as well as the redecoration of the ground floor. Cllr Reverend Paul Flowers, Bradford Council's Executive Member for Culture, Tourism and Sport, said: "It's wonderful to see such a marvellous building restored, refreshed and re-opened to the public."

For details of forthcoming exhibitions, visit: www.bradfordmuseums.org/cartwrighthall/index.htm

Cartwright Hall re-opens following repairs
Manningham Library celebrates centenary

Manningham Library celebrated its centenary on the weekend of the 3rd and 4th July. A range of activities took place including a viewing of the DVD that accompanies the English Heritage book (See 'Manningham's heritage celebrated in new book' above). A family walk entitled 'From Village to Velvet' also took place for local people to find out about the history of their area. Local volunteers are currently being recruited to help create a wall hanging to celebrate the centenary.

The newly refurbished and extended library opened in July 2009, after £1.5 million of funding from the Lottery.

Manningham Library celebrates centenary
New business forum for Manningham

A new business forum for businesses in Manningham was held on Thursday 29th July at the Sweet Centre on Lumb Lane.

Organised by Manningham Masterplan, GRID*@ CBC, Bradford West Area Co-ordinators Office and Be Involved, the business forum was an opportunity for businesses based in the area to talk about the issues that affect them. On the agenda, Bradford Council engineers gave an update on parking issues in the area and the GRID*@ CBC talked about the facilities they offer to help businesses.

The new business forum followed on from consultations that took place in March this year where businesses on Carlisle Rd and Lumb Lane were asked about the type of support and issues that affect them. Businesses also had an opportunity to comment on proposed plans to improve the business environment in these areas.

For further information please contact Kulbir Sandhu on 01274 434952 or email kulbir.sandhu@bradford.gov.uk

New business forum for Manningham
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