Modern improvements needed to a forgotten market town

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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2 comments on “Modern improvements needed to a forgotten market town

  1. Yes I agree with the above, making the space a more welcoming town centre with more shops, boutiques & nice places to eat out would be great. More places to sit down and greenery too, independent coffee shops would be also be great idea.
    More safe parking would be great as Asda will charge for parking for long periods of time. It would be great to not have to travel out to have a nice evening out.

  2. Tops of the shops around the square need painting & updating, they have been turquoise since I was young. More plants and trees. More sitting out areas with tables/chairs/brollies to make it more cosmopolitan.

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