It is good to see so many community groups back in action in Bingley.
Walkers are Welcome held their walking festival on Bank Holiday Monday with 5 different walks on offer and are holding a photograph competition with Bingley Camera Club – details on their website and Facebook page. Action Stations, Friends of Myrtle Park and Prince of Wales Park, Canal and River Trust volunteers and Bingley Bloomers have all been highly visible and I thank them for their efforts to improve the town.
Bingley Town Council have held two successful litter picks and the next one is September 11th – meet at the Council Hub 10.00 a.m.
The floral displays in the town and villages look fantastic and we have received many positive comments on them.
The Bingley Town Council Office (Hub) and public toilets in Myrtle Place were officially opened on August 7th by Deputy Lord Mayor Bev Mullaney. Thanks to her for finding time in her busy schedule for this. Thanks to the staff for their hard work and councillors who supported.
On the same day, Bingley Community Partnership hosted a Welcome Back to Bingley event. Refreshments and a photographic exhibition by Bingley Camera Club were held in the Arts Centre, a free raffle was a great success and local charities, including The Bingley Bubble and the Befriending Service took the opportunity to promote their services.
Bingley Monthly Market is back to full strength with live entertainment and a local Charity Stall. The market is held on the first Saturday of each month, with stalls selling local produce and crafts.
Five Play in the Park events have been held so far, with the last one on Friday September 3rd in Myrtle Park. Two were rescheduled due to poor weather and all have been well attended. The Myrtle Park events had a Mobiloo facility available.
Elections take place on September 23rd for the wards of Bingley Central and Crossflatts and Micklethwaite. It is heartening to see that candidates are willing to step forward and do their bit for Bingley.
Changing Places Update
Good progress has been made towards providing a Changing Places toilet in Bingley town centre.
The Town Council have gained planning permission, agreed the specification, agreed the tender list for builders and have now issued an invitation to tender. The tender review meeting is set for 1st Oct where the Town Council hopes to receive good news back from the selected group of builders and suppliers.
Five Rise Locks way-marker project
Bingley is fortunate indeed to have what is considered to be one of the seven wonders of the waterways* right on its doorstep.
The Five Rise Locks at Bingley stand out as one of the great engineering achievements of the 18th century and are the steepest staircase lock in the UK. Staircase locks are distinctive in that each lock opens directly into the next with the bottom gates of one lock forming the top gates of the next.
In order to celebrate this wonderful heritage asset and ensure as many people as possible can enjoy the sight of this impressive piece of engineering history, Bingley Town Council, in conjunction with the Canal and River Trust, is now working on a project to help visitors navigate to the site more easily.
A series of distinctive way-makers are in the process of being designed to guide the visitor from Bingley train station, along Main Street and to the locks. Once completed it is hoped the way-markers will encourage more visitors to make a trip on foot to the locks and support local businesses at they make their way along Main Street to the canal access point.
The monthly Farmers’ Market is open for business this Saturday, September 4th 10am to 2pm.
Enjoy a variety of stalls selling delicious produce, interesting craft items and beautiful flowers.
In addition the Town Council is delighted to have Hazjak performing two sets at the market this month. Listen and enjoy their harmonies in abundance.
Live Streaming of Town Council Meetings
The Town Council agreed this week to record and stream all Town Council public meetings to YouTube so that the public can watch the meetings at a time convenient to them. It is hoped this will improve the accessibility of the Town Council to members of the public.
The required equipment has been purchased and the intention is to start with the smaller sub-committees and working groups before recording the Full Council. The recording of the Full Town Council meeting is in the pipeline so please bear with us as we learn how to do it.
A Bingley Town Council YouTube channel has now been set up and will be soon be available for the public to access.
Covid – updates
The government Covid guidance website advises that England has now moved to Step 4 of the roadmap. Most legal restrictions to control COVID-19 have been lifted at step 4. This means that:
- You do not need to stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with. There are also no limits on the number of people you can meet.
- However, in order to minimise risk at a time of high prevalence, you should limit the close contact you have with those you do not usually live with, and increase close contact gradually. This includes minimising the number, proximity and duration of social contacts.
- You should meet outdoors where possible and let fresh air into homes or other enclosed spaces.
- The Government is no longer instructing people to work from home if they can. However, the Government expects and recommends a gradual return over the summer.
- The requirement to wear face coverings in law has been lifted. However, the Government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport.
- There are no longer limits on the number of people who can attend weddings, civil partnerships, funerals and other life events (including receptions and celebrations). There is no requirement for table service at life events, or restrictions on singing or dancing. You should follow guidance for weddings and funerals to reduce risk and protect yourself and others.
- There are no longer restrictions on group sizes for attending communal worship.
However please bear in mind that while most legal restrictions have been lifted at step 4, and many people have been vaccinated, it is still possible to catch and spread COVID-19, even if you are fully vaccinated, therefore everyone should be cautious while managing the risks as cases of COVID-19 remain high
Further advice can be obtained at Coronavirus: how to stay safe and help prevent the spread – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Notice of Elections
Elections have been requested by residents for Central Ward and Crossflatts and Micklethwaite Ward. It is anticipated that the election date will be Thursday 23rd September. Nomination details have now been posted on the Town Council Website at Statement of person nominated for Bingley Town Council by-election – Bingley Town Council
The Town Council’s office at The Hub, Myrtle Place has now reopened. Members of the public can visit in person Monday to Friday, 12 noon to 3pm.
Bingley Town Council can also be contacted by email at email@example.com 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
Saturday 4 September – Monthly Saturday Farmers’ market. (Held on the first Saturday of each month 10am to 2pm)
Saturday 11 September – Community Litter Pick. Meet at The Hub, Myrtle Place 10am to 12 noon
The next ordinary meeting of the Town Council is at 6.30pm on Tuesday 28th September 2021
The agenda for the meetings can be found on the Town Council website within the Documents section.
You can see all the council’s meeting dates in the Events section calendar on the website; however, please note there have been some changes to the usual pattern of meetings towards the year end.
The October meeting will be held as normal on Tuesday 26 October
There will be no Full Town Council Meeting in November
The December Full Town Council Meeting with be held on Tuesday 7th December
The January 2022 Full Town Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday 18th January
So that the council can keep as many people as possible informed, please do share this newsletter with friends and family and encourage them to subscribe too.
Bingley Town Council, Myrtle Place, Bingley BD16 2LF