Our first Play in the Park event has been held, and despite the early weather, was well attended with families enjoying themselves and picnicking. Details of these ongoing events, held in our parish on Fridays during the school holidays, are later in the newsletter. Neighbouring Parish Councils are also hosting some of these, so look out for dates across the broader district.
Hot off the press – the Levelling Up bid for Bingley was submitted in time for the government’s revised deadline of 2nd August. Whilst the Town Council has not seen the bid, via the District Councillors we have been told that it encompasses the total internal refurbishment of the Pool building to give a pool, gym, café and meeting space, as well as a partial covering of the Market Square and improvements to the public space between the two. Not sure when the outcome of the bid will be known, October had been mentioned previously, but as the submission deadline was pushed back a month, this may flow through to the award date. More details will be shared if and when we get them.
We have definitely had weather over the last month! The south of England is now starting to declare drought restrictions, and even though we’ve seen rain, the ground is still very dry and water levels are low in our reservoirs and rivers. Please consider your water usage, and take care when out and about.
Councillor Philippa Gibbons
Changing Places Project
Preparations for the Changing Places toilet are still underway: the drains are all in and operational, and the Changing Places pod is being constructed.
The foundations pads still need to be put in place to site the pod upon, due to a slight delay with the foundation works, however a completion date in early September is now anticipated.
Play in the Park
The Town Council has paid for Bradford Council to facilitate six Play in the Park events this summer throughout the Bingley parish.
The first event, held in July, was at Gilstead Rec.
The remaining five are taking place on the following dates and locations:
Friday 5th August – Myrtle Park
Friday 12th August – Crossflatts Rec
Friday 19th August – Cottingley Rec
Friday 26th August – Eldwick Rec
Friday 2nd September – Myrtle Park
All events run between 11am and 3pm.
There will be bouncy castles, sports equipment, space hoppers and giant board games. Please take advantage of these free events, bring your families and a picnic!
The most recent litter pick was another great success, which took place in Cottingley on 23rd July. Thank you to everyone who took part to make Cottingley a cleaner place to live.
The next litter pick is on 10th September, location to be confirmed. New volunteers always welcome.
Monthly Farmers’ Market
The next Farmers’ Market is due to be held in Bingley Market Square on Saturday 6th August, 10am – 2pm.
Please come and join us to buy local produce and unique handmade goods. Meet Town Councillors and discuss any issues you may have regarding the local area. Entertainment will be provided by Izak Wilkinson, 10.45am – 11.30am and 12.00pm-12.45pm.
If you are a local producer and would be interested in having a stall at the Farmers’ Market, please do get in touch with Otley Town Partnership who run the market on behalf of Bingley Town Council. They can let you know the requirements to be a stall holder and what would be involved. The can be contacted via their website at: Bingley – Yorkshire Farmers’ Markets (yorkshirefarmersmarkets.co.uk)
Alternatively if you are involved with a local charity which has public liability insurance and are interested in promoting their work at one of the Farmers’ Markets, please contact Ruth Thompson, Administrative Officer by email at email@example.com.
In addition to our monthly Farmers’ Market, Bradford Council hold weekly markets on Fridays and the other remaining Saturdays – please support your local markets when you can to ensure that they can stay open.
Assets of Community Value
The Town Council has recently received notification that we have achieved the status of Asset of Community Value for Myrtle Park.
Unfortunately our application nominating Bingley Town Hall was not successful, and we are still awaiting a response for the application nominating Bingley Pool. .
Bingley Town Council is delighted to welcome a new part time member of staff. Debbie is our new Admin Assistant. She has already fitted well into the team and is busy improving our social media capabilities.
I’m so excited to join the team at Bingley Town Council. I worked for Bradford Council for twelve years before coming here and already have been made to feel so welcome. My interests outside of work involve researching history, my particular obsession being royal history. I also love anything to do with books. It doesn’t matter how many I already have on my shelf, there is always room for more.
Office opening times are Monday and Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm.
Bingley Town Council can also be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on the following numbers:
Town Clerk: 07529 222679
Deputy Town Clerk: 07703 188660
Administrative Officer (Ruth): Tuesday and Wednesday – 077835 19439
Dates for your diary
Friday 5th August –Play in the Park – Myrtle Park. 11am to 3pm
Saturday 6 August – Monthly Saturday Farmers’ Market. (Held on the first Saturday of each month 10am to 2pm).
Friday 12th August – Play in the Park – Crossflatts Rec 11am to 3pm
Friday 19th August – Play in the Park – Cottingley Rec 11am to 3pm
Friday 26th August – Play in the Park – Eldwick Rec 11am to 3pm
Friday 2nd September – Play in the Park- Myrtle Park 11am to 3pm
Saturday 10 September – Community litter pick. The meet up point is to be confirmed and will be advertised on the Town Council website.
The next ordinary meeting of the Full Town Council is at 6.30pm on Tuesday 30 August 2022. The meeting will be held at Eldwick Church Hall, 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.
So that the Town 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