The problem with Shipley town centre is that it is trapped in the past. Some of the buildings within the market centre are beautiful and full of character but the retailers don’t add to the charm, they detract (see Argos for example, those blue pieces of card against the windows are an eye-sore).
The market town needs a tenant mix charter – limiting the number of charity stores, news agents etc. Like Saltaire high street, Shipley should seek to attract independent retailers, bistros and crafts stores.
I’m not sure that additional parking would solve the issues but a more pleasant outdoor space (areas to dine, take a break and socialise – some with shelter – think alfresco) would assist.
The clock-tower also needs to be improved; it could be an iconic piece but it isn’t.
The primary problem is the amount of vacant space and, what appears to be dilapidated units. Local landlords (with help from the local authority) should invest in the area to improve the buildings.
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