There’s a lot in this newsletter so I’ll keep this short.
I’d like to thank the Councillors for having confidence in me and re-electing me as Chair for this civic year.
Hope everyone enjoyed the bank holiday weekend.
Councillor Philippa Gibbons
Election of Chair and Vice Chair for 2023-24
At the Annual Meeting of the Council of Bingley Town Council held on 16th May, the Chair and Vice Chair were elected for the municipal year.
Councillor Philippa Gibbons will continue in her role as Chair of the Town Council, and Councillor Mark Truelove will continue in his role as Vice Chair of the Council for the next year.
Council vacancies/co-option of councillors
At the recent local elections held on 4th May, all 14 members of Bingley Town Council were elected uncontested.
This means that there are currently two vacancies on the Town Council, that we will not need to go to election to fill.
Two residents will be sought for co-option, and we will adhere to our co-option process to progress this – further available here: Town Councillor Vacancies – Bingley Town Council
Committee/working group appointments/terms of reference
At the recent Annual Meeting of the Council the Town Council’s committees and working groups were appointed, and the membership agreed.
These are the three statutory committees, the Finance and General Purposes Committee, the Planning Committee and the Staffing Committee; we also have the Events, Marketing and Communications Committee.
There is also the Emergency Support Sub Committee, which is a sub committee of the Finance and General Purposes Committee, and one working group, the Neighbourhood Plan Working Group.
Further information on the committees and working groups, including membership details, can be found on our website here: https://bingleytowncouncil.gov.uk/council/committees/
At the meeting the terms of reference for each of these groups were also approved – these can be found in the Documents section of our website: https://bingleytowncouncil.gov.uk/documents/
Schedule of meetings
At the last meeting, the schedule of meetings for the year was also approved.
It was agreed to adhere to the current schedule for meetings: the last Tuesday of every month for the Full Council (except in December and January, for precept preparation and agreement); the second Tuesday in the month for Finance and General Purposes Committee meetings; the second Wednesday in the month for Planning Committee meetings; and other committees and working groups to be agreed when necessary.
All meetings are open to members of the public and the press.
Upcoming litter pick
The next litter pick is due to take place on 10th June, to meet at Three Rise Locks, Bingley, from 10am to 12pm – everyone welcome.
Work with BCB Radio
The Town Council have been approached by BCB Radio to make a programme about the Town Council as part of a series of programmes they are making including local councils.
Further information to follow on our website and social media pages once we have a confirmed date.
Buddy Scheme for Age UK
The Town Council received a recent request to help publicise Age UK’s ‘Buddy Scheme’, which is a new scheme where residents can be paired with a like-minded buddy with similar interests and hobbies, who will be an Age UK Volunteer.
Age UK Bradford is also searching for volunteers for this scheme – you should be available to volunteer at least twice a month for at least a year.
To find out more about this scheme and the volunteering role for yourself or someone you know, please call 01274 391190 or email email@example.com.
Allotments’ surpluses scheme
‘Share Your Spare’ is a new scheme to collect any spare allotment produce to donate to local groups, facilitated by Feeding Bradford and Keighley (a food aid network supporting foodbanks, low cost markets, and community meal providers).
For more information about the project, please email them directly at firstname.lastname@example.org