Bingley is better prepared for cold weather, thanks to Bingley Town Council investment and collaboration with Bradford District Council.

The parish now has more grit bins and more roads listed as official gritting routes as a result of a project led by Cllr Sara Hardman, a ward councillor for Crossflatts & Micklethwaite.

The initiative involved mapping every grit bin in the parish which covers Bingley, Crossflatts, Eldwick, Gilstead, Cottingley and Micklethwaite. With the help of other town councillors, Cllr Hardman identified areas most in need of new or replacement grit bins and also pinpointed key routes used by public transport that also required gritting in freezing conditions.

Cllr Hardman said: “The Town Council has responded to residents’ concerns following last year’s cold spell and, in particular, hazardous conditions on Lady Lane.

“The whole gritting project has been time-consuming but very worthwhile. I’ve been helped by many of my town council colleagues and now Bingley should be better able to respond to any icy conditions and ensure our roads and footpaths are safer for everyone.”

The results of the detailed survey and discussions with Bradford Council led to the district authority replacing or repairing nine bins and providing four new bins on Oakwood Drive, Pendle Road, Timble Drive and Primrose Bank. Bingley Town Council has spent a further £400 on new bins on Belgrave Road, Bailey Hills, Falcon Road and Birchdale. In addition, Lady Lane, Crownest Road and Marley View will now be included on Bradford Council’s gritting routes.

The council will monitor the situation over the winter and anyone with questions or concerns should contact the Town Clerk at