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Hello All, 

Thanks to all involved in putting on two great events – the Remembrance Day Parade and Christmas Lights switch on.  Both were very well attended and a credit to the town.   

The weather has got decidedly wintry so please look out for any elderly or vulnerable neighbours and ensure they are OK. 
For anyone who is struggling this winter, the Warm Homes Healthy People initiative may be able to help, see more details and check eligibility for this free service here – 
or phone them on 0808 1683547 (freephone).

Season’s Greetings to you all.

Councillor Philippa Gibbons


Bingley Christmas lights switch on, Saturday 2nd December 2023


In partnership with Bingley Chamber of Trade, Bingley Town Council funded the Christmas lights’ switch on at the Market Square in Bingley on Saturday 2nd December. It was an incredibly successful event, with the biggest turnout in the seven years of the event being held.

Many thanks to everyone who attended, to our partners Bingley Chamber of Trade for organising it all, the market stall holders and residents of Bingley for braving the cold weather to support the event, and, last but not least, the wonderful Star Wars characters who turned the Christmas lights on. You can view some of our favourite photos below.

Bingley Remembrance Day 2023


Despite the cold weather, the Bingley Remembrance Parade and service at the cenotaph in Myrtle Park was very well attended.  Thanks go to all at Bingley Remembrance Group for organising a fantastic event, and to all who came and laid wreaths or took part. 

Bradford Council’s Winter Operation 2023-2024


At a recent meeting of the Town Council, representation was received from Bradford Council’s Highways Division on their winter operation. This was an incredibly informative and useful presentation, which confirmed that Bingley has a very good operation in place, with both Bradford Council and Bingley Town Council grit bins in various locations, and several priority routes for the gritting team.

Bradford Council would like to know if there are any areas of any areas of concern for Bingley, which can then be assessed.

Further information on Bingley’s footpath route and answers to the many questions asked can be found on their website here:

Events being considered for 2024:


The Town Council’s Events, Marketing and Communications Committee (EMACC) has been considering the Town Council supporting local community events next year, including the 250th Anniversary of Five Rise Locks in March 2024 and commemoration of D-Day on 6th June 2024.


250th Anniversary of Five Rise Locks, 23rd March 2024

The Town Council agreed to earmark £5,000 from the Regeneration and Tourism cost centre of the budget to support this event, which will be organised by the Canal and River Trust (CRT). A networking event for local community groups, due to be held on Saturday 27th January 2024, will focus on this event, with a view to becoming involved and supporting the CRT where possible.


D Day commemoration, Thursday 6th June 2024

Bingley Remembrance Group will be organising a local event to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the D Day Operation, which took place on 6th June 1944. Local authorities and groups are being encouraged to commemorate this event by lighting beacons nationwide on this day, and the Town Council have agreed to support this event, possibly through the funding of a beacon for Bingley.

Further information on both these local events for next year will be publicised as soon as they are known.

Bradford TramTrain proposal


At the recent Full Council meeting of Bingley Town Council, the Town Council agreed that we are broadly supportive of the Bradford TramTrain proposal. We will be writing to Bradford Council to say we support the scheme in principle and that it would be beneficial to the area for it to be at least be given due consideration. 

It is proposed that TramTrains would transform train access to and through Bradford city centre, by combining Bradford’s two separate rail networks and providing cross-platform connections from TramTrains to regional and national train services at Bradford Interchange, which would also improve connections to regional and national train services at Shipley to Leeds and beyond.

Local Government Boundary Commission for England electoral review of Bradford Council


The Local Government Boundary Commission has undertaken an electoral review of Bradford Council, with draft recommendations proposing new boundaries for the council wards in Bradford. A 10 week consultation on these proposals will run until 5th February 2024.

These proposals can be viewed, the maps explored and comments made at the following website:

The Town Council would like to encourage residents to share their thoughts on this with us prior to the deadline of 5th February 2024 to allow the Town Council to put these views forward in our official response.

Changes to Bradford Council’s HWRC Opening Times


Please don’t forget there are changes to Bradford Council’s Household Waste Recycling Centre opening times from today, 4th December 2023.
The following sites will be closed on Mondays as part of a pilot scheme:
• Midland Road HWRC
• Dealburn Road HWRC
• Ford Hill HWRC
• Sugden End HWRC
• Dowley Gap HWRC
• Golden Butts HWRC
Bowling Back Lane HWRC and Keighley HWRC will remain open.

Bingley Town Council Events and Meetings

December 2023


12th – Planning Committee meeting @ The Hub from 6:30pm

13th – Finance & General Purposes Committee meeting @ The Hub from 6:30pm

18th – Neighbourhood Plan Working Group meeting @ The Hub from 6:30pm

Bingley Christmas Light Switch on 2023

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