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Protestors camping at the stalled Westfield shopping development in Bradford have vowed to stay there for another week. It comes after the firm responsible for the shopping centre made a plea to protestors to move out.

The group Occupy Westfield say they want to force the council to get on with building work there.

Occupy Westfield

The firm responsible for the Westfield shopping development in Bradford have made a plea to protesters to vacate the site.

"Occupy Westfield" set up camp in the area known as the "Bradford hole" last weekend because they say they want to force the council to get on with building work. The area was cleared in 2006 to make way for a shopping centre, but has remained undeveloped since.

Westfield Shopping Towns have written to the campaigners to say their actions are counter productive and could put off retailers.

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Westfield developers call for protesters to leave

Westfield play on words sign
A play on words: Protesters have put up this sign outside the site Credit: Calendar

The people behind the Westfield development in Bradford have writen to a group of protesters asking them to leave the site. Occupy Westfield are protesting over the slow progress of the shopping complex.

The site of the proposed Westfield development was cleared in 2006, but since then has remained undeveloped. There is currently planning permission in place for a shopping centre. Demonstrators say they want to force the council to enter positive talks over the site's future.

Bradford shopping developers "committed"

The developers behind a large shopping development in Bradford say they are committed to finishing the project.

Protesters have moved in to the site in the city centre, angry that building work has not been taking place and the Westfield project was mothballed in 2009.

Westfield Shoppingtowns Limited have written an open letter to the protesters, saying the development has fallen foul of the financial crisis, but they remain committed to Bradford.

Despite these conditions, Westfield has remained committed to Bradford and has invested significant funds and time into seeking to progress the Broadway scheme. Like you, we are are eager to start this development as soon as possible and we are progressing with the key leasing pre-lettings that need to happen before construction can begin. In October 2011, Westfield received a revised planning permission for the scheme and we are currently working with the Council to market Bradford asa retail destination.

– Duncan Bower, Director of Development

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Occupy Westfield

A group of protestors in Bradford have begun a what they say will be a week long occupation of a development site in the city.

The site of the proposed Westfield development was cleared in 2006, but since then has remained undeveloped. There is currently planning permission in place for a shopping centre containing 77 stores.

Members of the campaign group "Occupy Westfield" say they want their protest to force the council to enter positive discussions over the future of the site

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