A survey seeking views on Bingley Market has been launched by Bingley Town Council.

The state of the market, which is now held twice a week and has dwindled in recent years to a handful of stalls, is a recurring issue of concern for many residents. The new survey seeks to gather information to inform a plan to revitalise it.

Ros Dawson, Chair of Bingley Town Council, said: “Like many residents, I want a thriving market and to regenerate our town. The aim of this consultation is to start to find out what might be viable. I urge everyone to get involved and share their views.”

The survey is supported by current Bingley market traders.

Nick Walker, who owns the fruit and vegetable stall, said: “In the past, we’ve had some very good food stalls and anything to encourage more shoppers is welcome. I hope we’ll find out what people want from the market and that it will get the investment it needs so that Bingley can have a market to be proud of.”

The survey is available on line and also in hard copy at various locations around Bingley including Eldwick Post Office, Cottingley Cornerstone Centre and Five Rise Locks cafe and other locations in the area. Boxes in which to post completed surveys are also being provided and, in addition, the surveys can be returned by post (stamp needed) to Bingley Town Council.

You can complete the survey on line here Bingley Market Survey

Bingley Town Council is being advised by NABMA, the National Association of British Market Authorities, which it joined earlier this year. It is also seeking to investigate the process for transferring the market area and control of activities on it, currently run by City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council, to Bingley Town Council.

Bingley Market dates back over 800 years to 1212 when King John granted the town a charter, believed to be among the first of its kind in the country. The Town Council recently obtained a copy of Charter which is kept in the National Public Records office.

Separately, Bingley Town Council is working with Bradford Council to enable trees in the market area to be pruned and for dead trees to be removed. This involves taking down the Christmas lights which will be re-installed once the works on the trees have been completed. The Town Council is also investigating adding further lights to the existing display.

For more information contact Ruth Batterley, Town Clerk, 07703 188660 or enquiries@bingleytowncouncil.gov.uk