March was a busy month for us, trying to get through business as it’s our end of year, and with this being an election year we are now in a relatively quiet time due to the pre-election period. This still applies to us even though all seats are uncontested, meaning that those standing are deemed elected. There are a couple of vacancies and when the new council is convened I expect that we will be looking to co-opt into these.
It is the Annual Town Meeting on Wednesday 19th April. This is your opportunity to hear from groups that the Council has supported via the grant schemes and celebrate what’s been accomplished. It’s also your chance to tell us what and where we should be concentrating our efforts and what you think the priorities for Bingley are. So come along to Cottingley Town Hall at 6:30.
Councillor Philippa Gibbons
Upcoming Annual Town Meeting, 19th April 2023
The annual meeting for the electorate, the Annual Town Meeting, will be taking place on Wednesday 19th April at 6.30pm in Cottingley Town Hall.
Although convened by Bingley Town Council, this is a meeting of local electors and is an opportunity for parishioners to have their input into matters that affect Bingley.
We will also celebrate what community associations have achieved with their Town Council grants within the past year.
Representation for regeneration of Bingley provided at the meeting
At the recent Full Council meeting held on 28th March, the Town Council received representation regarding a proposal shared with Bradford Council for the regeneration of Bingley, from Sam Wood of Advantage42 Ltd, a social enterprise group that represents individuals who are philanthropists and take on assets for long term leases for the good of the community, to help the local economy.
We will keep residents informed of any fresh developments on this issue as and when they occur.
Nine bands have now been booked to play at the bandstand at Myrtle Park on Sundays over the spring and summer months, six of which will be paid for by the Town Council; Bradford Council and the Friends of Myrtle Park are also involved in the organisation of these concerts.
The dates and bands are as follows:
30 April – Pop Up Brass
14 May – Herr Jens’s Band
11 June – Guiseley Brass Band
9 July – Hall Royd Band
16 July – Bradford Concert Band
30 July – Pop Up Brass
6 August – Guiseley Brass Band
27 August – Herr Jens’s Band
3 Sept – Bradford Concert Brass
All 2pm to 4pm
Neighbourhood Plan progress, consultation due in next municipal year
Bingley Neighbourhood Plan is now mostly completed: the designer is currently putting this into PDF form.
The formal consultation for this Plan, the Regulation 14 Consultation, will take place following the Town Council elections in May, and it is envisaged that it will probably take most of the new municipal year to complete the necessary consultations with the public, Bradford Council and independent examiner.
The Regulation 14 Consultation will involve a consultation survey, and postcards will be posted to all residents, asking for consultation forms/responses, and there will also be several open days organised at the Hub and hard copies of the documents made available.
Recent and upcoming litter picks.
The most recent litter pick was held on Saturday 25th March at Leonard Street, Bingley, where nine volunteers attended and 12 bags of rubbish were collected; another 6 bags were subsequently collected in the wooded area opposite Dowley Gap, by a couple who were unable to make the same day.
Many thanks to all litter pickers, as well as Councillors Goode, Barton and Winnard for all their support.
The next litter pick is due to take place on Saturday 22nd April in Crossflatts, meeting at the top of Queens Road at 10am.
Cottingley Community Association Gardening Group
Recently, work was carried out to completely refurbish the deteriorating wooden flowerbeds on Cottingley Green.
The work has not only transformed the site aesthetically but has also made it safer for the volunteers at Cottingley Community Association Gardening Group. They can now safely continue their work, to maintain the appearance of this widely appreciated and well used space, for both residents and visitors to enjoy.
The work was commissioned by Bingley Town Council using funds from the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).