Dear Residents,

This month saw the appointment of a new Councillor to make the Council up to full strength once again. Andrew Fenton joined us via the co-option process as Councillor for Gilstead Ward.

During the month we carried out two more litter picks again removing more than fifty bags of litter from the Parish. I’d like to record my appreciation of all the councillors and residents who turn out to help with these community events. It is our feeling that we’ve now got on top of the historical litter problem generally and now need to change behaviours and keep on top of it.

The April Farmers’ Market went well, although it wasn’t as well attended as usual by stall holders and consumers alike. Plainly we all need to support local businesses or lose them.

I have encouraged those councillors who had projects in mind and budget available for this fiscal year that they now should bring forward more detailed proposals so we can make appropriate decisions on them.

Regards,

Councillor Steve Williams

Chair

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Councillor Steve Williams

New opening times for The Hub public toilets on Saturday mornings

Toilet Sign

Following requests from park runners and market stall holders, the Town Council have decided to amend the opening hours of the public toilets at the Hub in Myrtle Place from 9am to 8am on Saturday mornings, effective immediately.

The Council hopes the new toilet times will add to the enjoyment (and comfort) of your early morning run and be useful for stall holders setting up the market.

Changing Places

Progress continues to be made on the Changing Places toilet project.

A recent meeting held with the contractors confirmed that the work will be complete on the new Changing Places toilet facility 8 to 10 weeks from receiving the down payment, which was received at the end of March.

The sub-contractor for the Smart Pod has been changed, meaning that drawings need to be completed again for the planning permission/building control aspect, which will have an impact on the timeline, however we should have a definite timeline very soon. The contractors looked at the existing services and suggested a better way to connect, and changing sub-contractors has not changed design, colours, warranties, price etc.

Once the work on the new facility is underway, the existing toilets will only need to be closed for 2 days.

Neighbourhood Plan

Work continues to take place on the Neighbourhood Plan; the consultant is currently working on the second draft of the Plan, which should be ready for approval by the Full Council by early summer, to go to consultation during the summer months.

Assets of Community Value

Bingley Town Hall

Applications for Asset of Community Value status will be submitted to Bradford Council to protect Bingley Swimming Pool, Bingley Town Hall and Myrtle Park, as their current status as Assets of Community Value will soon be coming to an end.

Youth Involvement Working Group

The Town Council has agreed the creation of a Youth Involvement Working Group, with a remit to engage with young people locally.

Monthly Farmers’ Market

Charity stall at Bingley Farmers' Market

The next Farmers’ Market will be held on Saturday 7th May from 10am to 2pm. Join us for plenty of  local produce and quality crafts.  Entertainment will be provided in two sessions by the group Adare.

If you are involved with a local charity which has public liability insurance and are interested in promoting their work at one of the Bingley Town Council Farmer’s Market, please contact Ruth Thompson, Administrative Officer by email at a.o@bingleytowncouncil.gov.uk.

Community litter picks

Litter picking equipment

Two litter picks have been held during the last month. The first was on 9th April in conjunction with Aire Rivers Trust and the Friends of Myrtle Park. The second was on 23rd April and focused on the canal bank round the school field in Crossflatts. This litter pick was in conjunction with Crossflatts Village Society and 26 bags of rubbish were collected.

Many thanks to everyone who was involved, including Crossflatts Village Society. That the litter picks continue to be a success is a credit to the Green and Clean champions.

The dates for the next community litter picks are:

Saturday 11th June

Saturday 23rd July

Saturday 10th September

Saturday 22nd October

Sunday 13th November (Remembrance Day)

Saturday 10th December

Please always check the Events section of the Town Council website before attending to ensure the litter pick is still going ahead and to find meeting locations and times.

Bingley Town Council Logo

Office hours

Office opening times are Monday and Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm.

Bingley Town Council can also be contacted by email at enquiries@bingleytowncouncil.gov.uk or by phone on the following numbers:

Town Clerk: 07529 222679

Deputy Town Clerk:  07703 188660

Administrative Officer: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday – 077835 19439

Dates for your diary

Events:

Saturday 7th May – Monthly Saturday Farmers’ Market (held on the first Saturday of each month 10am to 2pm).

Council meetings:

The Annual Town Meeting is at 6.30pm on Tuesday 17th May 2022.  The meeting will be held at Bingley Methodist Church Hall, Mornington Road, Bingley.

The Annual Meeting of the Council of Bingley Town Council will be held at 6.30pm on Tuesday 31 May 2022. The meeting will be held at Eldwick Church, Otley Road, Eldwick.

The agenda for the meetings can be found on the Town Council website within the Documents section.

You can see all the Town Council’s meeting dates in the Events section calendar on the website.

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Bingley Town Council, Myrtle Place, Bingley, BD16 2LF

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