Philip Davies calls for £25 million government grant for Shipley to be invested into market square

Improving Shipley Market Square must be prioritised as part of a multi-million-pound cash injection into the area, local businesses have told an MP.

When asked to rank six priorities; cleaning, markets, transport, parking, recreation and business rates by Shipley MP Philip Davies, most businesses listed the market area as the main concern.

Mr Davies wanted to hear from local businesses how a £25 million Town Fund announced by Government should be spent.

Mr Davies said: “We need to do everything we can to support our businesses and it is essential the business community are consulted and their views taken on board as they play a vital role in bringing economic benefits to the area and maintaining and creating new job opportunities.

“The market area needs improving so we can have a busy, bustling market square which is a focal point and attraction for people. Shipley is a fantastic place with lots to offer and we need continued investment so this £25 million is very much welcome. I am delighted Government has listened to me and specified the money is for Shipley not the Bradford district as therefore we can be certain cash will be spent here and not in other parts of Bradford.”

Mr Davies sought views of businesses as part of a wider survey into the needs of the business community following on from Covid-19. 

Mr Davies said: “We have an opportunity to make a real difference in the area with this money and it is vital it is spent correctly. I will do everything in my power to ensure the money is well spent and really makes a difference to our town.”

Businesses also made suggestions on other schemes that money should be spent on, including putting public toilets in place, along with installing electric car charging points and tackling anti-social behaviour.

Last year Government announced Shipley would benefit as part of its £3.6 billion Towns Fund to transform "forgotten" towns across the UK with "a focus on improved transport, broadband connectivity, skills and culture".

Anyone can have their say on how what the money should be spent on by submitting a suggestion at https://mytown.communities.gov.uk/ideas/