Dear Residents,

It has been an interesting first month as Chair.   As I review the work undertaken in the Bingley parish this month it has been is great to see a wide variety  of events and activities taking place in our local area.  Residents have enjoyed visiting the regular monthly Farmers’ Market, taking part in community litter picks and attending a beer festival.   You can read more about these events and activities in the mailing below.  In addition, councillors have continued their work to progress projects such as the Changing Places toilet installation.

Events, activities and project completions  can only take place through the support and dedication of our staff,  our councillors and all our community volunteers.   I would like to thank all of those who have given their time this month to help Bingley be a great place to live and work.

In particular, special thanks go to Councillors Barton, Dawson, Goode, Kirdale and Winnard for their help at the monthly market and to Councillor Goode for his support of the community litter pick

Regards,

Councillor Steve Williams

Chair

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Councillor Steve Williams

Bradford Bid for 2025 City of Culture

Dancers on stilts, Lantern parade and performances.

At the last Town Council meeting there was a presentation by Councillor Simon Cunningham of Bradford Council’s Bid Team, who confirmed that Bradford is on the shortlist to be next City of Culture in 2025, a very popular national competition, along with the other runners up, Southampton, County Durham and Wrexham.

The first application was submitted last year, and, out of lots of competition, Bradford was then included on a long list of eight places; a second bid submitted in February resulted in a short list of four.

The next phase of the competition will decide who wins, and Bradford Council’s 2025 Bid Team have already been working on this phase; an expert advisory panel will visit the district in May and a final decision will be announced at the end of May.

Changing Places

The Town Council were recently notified by Bradford Council that we will be receiving £20,000 from government funding for Bingley’s Changing Places toilet. This is great news!

The Changing Places facility has now been ordered, and should be in place next to the Hub at Myrtle Place before the summer.

Monthly Farmers’ Market

Charity stall at Bingley Farmers' Market

The last Farmers’ Market held on 2nd April went very well, and positive feedback was received: thanks to all councillors for their help.   This month’s local charity stall was from Walkers are Welcome who were able to promote the upcoming  Bingley Walking Festival.

The next Farmers’ Market will be held on Saturday 7th May.  If you are involved with a local charity which has public liability insurance and are interested in promoting their work at one of the Bingley Town Council Farmer’s market please contact Ruth Thompson, Administrative Officer by email at a.o@bingleytowncouncil.gov.uk.

The ‘Sup’ Beer Festival

The ‘Sup’ beer festival event held in Bingley on 19th March, facilitated by Bradford Council, was also a big success. After a difficult few years, the Sup beer festivals offered the perfect opportunity for the community to come together and support local businesses in a free-entry, family friendly event.  However there was an issue with the sound coming through the walls of Bingley Little Theatre, highlighting that greater liaison with local groups/neighbouring premises and event organisers is necessary in future.

Summer Plants for Local Groups

Floral display

The summer bedding plants for local groups around the parish have now been ordered. These are always a welcome sight to herald the better weather, and are very well received by residents.

Community litter picks

Litter picking equipment

Thank you to all the volunteers who spend their time working to keep Bingley litter free.  Please help them by always taking your litter home or finding a suitable bin.

The last litter pick held on 12th March was a great success, with 26 bags of litter collected by councillors and volunteers: thanks to all involved.

There was also an extra litter pick this month on Saturday 9th April to support the riverside clean-up work of the Aire River Trust.  Aire River Trust have advised that  the event collected a whopping 513 bin bags of litter, 103 tyres and all manner of items including fridges, road signs, bikes, shopping trollies, bed, settee and a bathtub.  An amazing achievement to all the groups who participated in the event.

The dates for the next community litter picks are:

Saturday 23rd April  10am to 12 noon.  Meeting point: The end of The Drive, near the entrance to Crossflatts School field

Saturday 11th June

Saturday 23rd July

Saturday 10th September

Saturday 22nd October

Sunday 13th November (Remembrance Day)

Saturday 10th December

Please always check the Events section of the Town Council website before attending to ensure the litter pick is still going ahead and to find meeting locations and times.

Bingley Town Council News

Election of Vice Chair

Councillor Mark Truelove was voted in as Vice Chair of the Town Council for the remainder of the municipal year. Councillor Truelove has been on the Town Council for several years, and is an independent councillor for the Eldwick ward.

Co-option of new member

Due to the resignation of the former Chair of the Town Council, Helen Owen, we will be co-opting a new member very soon. The deadline date for applying is Tuesday 12th April, and the co-option meeting will take place on Tuesday 19th  April. Please visit the Town Council’s website for further details.

Intention of recruitment

The Town Council will shortly be advertising for a new Admin Officer, due to the expanding workload with all our projects. This will be a part-time role, supporting the work of the Town Council and the existing staff team. Please keep an eye out for the advert on our website and Facebook

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Office hours

Office opening times are Monday and Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm.

Bingley Town Council can also be contacted by email at enquiries@bingleytowncouncil.gov.uk 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

Events:

Saturday 23rd April – Community litter pick –  10am to 12 noon.  Meet at the end of The Drive, near the entrance to Crossflatts School field

Saturday 7th May – Monthly Saturday Farmers’ Market.  (Held on the first Saturday of each month 10am to 2pm).

Council Meetings:

Co-option meeting: 19th April 2022 commencing at 6.30pm.  The meeting will be held at Cardigan House, Ferncliffe Road, Bingley

The next ordinary meeting of the Full Town Council is at 6.30pm on Tuesday 26th April 2022. The meeting will be held at St Wilfrid’s Church Hall, Gilstead

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.

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Newsletter distribution

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Bingley Town Council, Myrtle Place, Bingley, BD16 2LF

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