Photo of Councillor Gibbons

I hope everyone enjoyed the various events over Easter, including the Easter Eggstravaganza. Looking forward, hopefully the weather will improve and remember what it is meant to be doing! Especially as the forthcoming May bank holiday sees the Bingley Walkers Are Welcome walking festival on 6th May.

The Town Council consultation on the Neighbourhood Plan has now closed.  Thanks to all who have submitted comments – we’ll be reviewing all these and determining any amendments to the plan or other actions needed before it is submitted to Bradford Council for the rest of the consultation and examination process.

Kind regards,

Philippa (Chair of Bingley Town Council)

Bingley Five Rise Locks 250th anniversary event


Many thanks to all residents and visitors who attended the festival to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Five Rise Locks on Saturday 23rd March. It was a wonderful atmosphere and great to see so many people come together to enjoy the festivities. We would like to send thanks to the following companies/organisations for helping to make the day possible.

To Bingley Music Town for arranging the music and the bands: Playing for Kicks, Sisters of Rebellion, Fiddle & Fleet, Rum Doodle and Izak Wilkinson. Also, to Hall Royd Brass Band and Otley Wayzgoose Morris Dancers. The Market Square was certainly lively!

To all the businesses who put on special window displays and special offers for the day, and Bingley Brewery for the themed beer. To Chivers Solicitors for the banners and BRSK for the window dressing prize.

To RSH Artisan Markets for putting in extra measures and allowing the market to go ahead, despite the wild windy weather and to the market traders and community group stalls. 

To the All Saints Church bell ringers, Kaleidoscope Youth Theatre, Action Stations, Airedale Boat Club and Walkers are Welcome for guiding people to the locks.

To Damart for the use of their cafeteria and carparks and, not forgetting, Bradford Council and, of course, the Canal & River Trust.

Support for Bingley Pool


At a recent meeting of the Town Council, the latest development regarding the Levelling Up funding for Bingley Pool was discussed, and an update provided from a member of the Friends of Bingley Pool. They reported that they now have a further 5 trustees, including 2 Town Councillors, which means they have a varied skillset to help them. They have also been assured that the funds allocated to Bingley, including for the pool, have been ring-fenced, however were not aware of the next steps or the timelines involved.


The Town Council agreed to send a letter to Bradford Council confirming that we back the campaign of the Friends of Bingley Pool and fully support for refurbishing of our local swimming facility, and to request a timeline for progress with this funding.

Support for D-Day commemoration:


The Town Council will also be supporting Bingley Remembrance Group in their organisation of commemorations for the 80th anniversary of the D-Day, on 6th June this year. At a recent meeting of the Town Council, a representative of Bingley Remembrance Group confirmed that they will be liaising with local veterans and Scouts groups to encourage their involvement, as well as organising bands for the event.

The event will involve the lighting of a beacon, which will be taking place at various locations nationwide at 9.15pm, and the cost of this has been covered by the Town Council.

More information to follow on this event as soon as further details are confirmed.

Final public meeting for Neighbourhood Plan and consultation end date


Many thanks to all residents who attended the last open day for the Neighbourhood Plan Regulation 14 consultation on 24th March. This event saw healthy and positive conversations regarding the draft Plan for Bingley.

Please note that this consultation ended on 4th April 2024.

Letter of support for Cottingley footpath


At the recent meeting of the Town Council, a proposed footpath improvement across Cottingley Recreation Ground, which Bradford Council’s Traffic and Highways Department had highlighted to the Town Council, was discussed. Although these improvements are not yet funded, it was agreed that the Town Council will write to Bradford Council to confirm our support for this.

April Meetings and Events


9th     Planning Panel Meeting @ The Hub, 18:30

10th   Finance & General Purposes Committee Meeting @ The Hub, 18:30

13th  Community Litter Pick @ Cottingley (Meet at the shops), 10am to 12pm

16th  Neighbourhood Plan Working Group Meeting @The Hub, 18:30

18th  Events, Marketing and Communications Committee Meeting @ The Hub, 18:30

30th  Full Council Meeting @ Eldwick Memorial Hall, 18:30

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