Film ID:
YFA 1712



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From the BBC Planning For People series, this is a film about the building developments taking place in Bradford. The film gives reactions from both the Councillors behind the schemes and those who are against it.

Title: Planning For People. The narrator quotes J B Priestly about Bruddersford (his home town Bradford). Various stills of Bradford are seen. A digger breaking up concrete as the title |They are Changing Bruddersford| comes up. This is followed by an aerial shot of Bradford and an interview with Chief Executive of the new Metropolitan District Council, and former Town Clerk. The narrator gives history of Bradford and the Industrial Revolution, the growth of its wool mills. Stills are used to illustrate this.

Two locals are interviewed, and they explain their position against the development of Bradford. There are scenes of terrace houses and cobbled streets noted in J B Priestley's 1958 film about Bradford. The Chief Executive discusses the misconceptions of Bradford as a town of terraces and working class. Shots of middle class houses accompany this. There is also footage of former wool mills in the city centre next to new high rise offices. View of the old station being demolished. Kirkgate Market is replaced by a modern high rise building. Edward Hepher of the Bradford Victorian Society is interviewed, and he too explains his position against the developments. There is also an interview with the Director of Development Services. New woollen mills, such as Woolcombers Ltd, Thomas Henry Shaw & Co, are shown. A quarter of Bradford's population still works in the wool trade, and new working methods are shown alongside stills of old ones.

The next scene shows the new Euroway Industrial Estate being built on the edge of the new M66. There is an interview with the Director of Yorkshire and Humberside Development Association enthusing about such schemes. Television manufacturers Thorn Electrics employs many people from Bradford's 40,000 immigrant community. People of Bradford's Asian community are shown shopping, and there is also footage of an Asian cinema. It is noted that the immigrant community tend to live in the more run down areas of Bradford. The Director of Development Services notes it is difficult due to language barriers to relate the plans for development to these communities.

Following footage of new offices and high rise flats is an interview with Christopher Vincenzi, former Councillor. He says the public are not happy about having been left out of these plans. Telegraph and Argos paper being printed, various headlines are shown. Terrace house in Thornton where four of the Bronte children were born.

There are new plans for Idle, a village in Bradford affected by the new schemes. This is followed by footage of Idle village centre. Paul Hockney, District Councillor is interviewed. He complains pedestrianization was carried out before the new car park was built causing big traffic problems. View of unfinished car park. Much of the town is shown including views of new houses in Idle which are not Yorkshire stone as promised, the new bypass, shops in Idle, and derelict terrace houses with outside toilets.

Next is the village of Steeton. A planning meeting is held in the Parish Hall. There is footage of Steeton followed by an interview with the Clerk of Steeton Parish Council. Terrace houses in Steeton and surrounding countryside can be seen. This is followed by a shot of diggers breaking up a road, and the film ends with scenes of Bradford.

Commentary: Derek Cooper.

Sound: Ted Read, John Pearce.

Photography: Michael Shepherd, Adrian Goddington.

Film Editor: Peter Dunbar.

Written and produced by Gordon Croton.