May is an important month in the Town Council year as it includes both the Annual Town Meeting and the Annual Meeting of the Council. While similar in name they fulfil very different functions.
The Annual Town Meeting is an opportunity for residents to come along and learn more about the work of the Council and also to engage with Town Councillors and let them know what residents would like the Town Council to be doing. We would love to see more people at this event so there can be a real sense of dialog between the Town Council and residents. Unfortunately, this year’s event was not as well attended as we would have liked which feels like a missed opportunity all-round
At the end of the month the Annual Meeting of the Council was held. At this meeting the Chair and members of the various Committees are chosen for the coming year. I was elected as the Chair, a role I am delighted to take on and look forward to serving the community over the coming months.
In addition the Council agreed to reinstate the Events, Marketing and Communications Committee as a means of improving engagement with the community and promotion of the market and other events. The May Farmers’ Market had a limited number of stalls and a reduced attendance, something we need to improve. In addition, a Youth Involvement Working Group was set up as an investigative working group.
The meeting also saw a presentation from Bradford Council on progress with the Levelling Up bid for Bingley, which has to be submitted by 6th July. This was the Town Council’s first involvement in the process and we pressed the need to retain a community swimming facility within Bingley.
Over the coming year, I would like to see engagement with the community increase. Just as a reminder, information about the Town Council and its activities can be found in the following places:
- Print newsletters are distributed twice a year, shortly you should all receive a copy of the latest newsletter which doubles as our Annual Report for 21-22.
- Website Bingley Town Council contains news, calendar and agendas and minutes of meetings.
- Recordings of our Full Council, committee and working group meetings are available on YouTube at Bingley Town Council – YouTube. This is relatively new endeavour for us, so please excuse any technical hiccoughs.
- Monthly newsletters/mailings on the website, or emailed if you subscribe.
- Facebook page.
Cllr Philippa Gibbons
This month’s feature photo (at the top of the mailing) shows Jean Robinson, President of 5 Rise Frocks Women’s Institute, and Councillor Steve Williams unveiling the restored commemorative stone in Jubilee Gardens, Myrtle Place.
The stone was originally laid following restoration of the gardens for the 1977 Silver Jubilee but the inscription had become rather weathered over time.
As part of the Platinum Jubilee year the 5 Rise Frocks Women’s Institute decided to raise money to restore the stone and add a new inscription. A variety of fund raising activities took place from tombolas to bring and buy sales. Along with other donors, a grant towards the project was made by Bingley Town Council. A further sign to recognise all the generous donors who made this restoration possible is to be installed.
The Governments white paper on levelling up* states that Levelling up means giving everyone, in all parts of the UK, the same opportunities to make the most of their lives.
The Government has set up a Levelling up Fund and local authorities can bid for funding. Bradford Metropolitan District Council (BMDC) has already successful bid for funds in round one. A second round of funding has now been released for major projects that can be of benefit to the local community and bring improved economic prosperity to the district. Councils have until 6th July to bid for funds and BMDC has indicated its intention to place four bids one of which will be for the Bingley area. A proposal is being developed and consideration is being given to the use of Bingley Pool and Bingley Town Hall as a potential leisure and hospitality complex. However obtaining the required funding is not guaranteed as the bidding process is a competitive one. An initial response to the bid might be known at the end of the year.
The draft Neighbourhood Plan has now been approved by the Full Council and submitted to Bradford Metropolitan District Council (BMDC) for review. Once reviewed there will be an opportunity for public consultation.
Monthly Farmers’ Market
The last Farmers’ Market was held on Saturday 2nd June and enjoyed the music of a pop up brass band who helped add to the Platinum Jubilee celebratory feel of the event.
If you are a local producer and would be interested in having a stall at the 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 Bingley Town Council Farmers’ markets please contact Ruth Thompson, Administrative Officer by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The next Farmer’s Market will be held 10am to 2pm on Saturday 2nd July.
Bingley Town Council News
At the Annual Meeting of Bingley Town Council the following appointments for the municipal year 22-23 were made:
Chair – Phillipa Gibbons
Vice Chair – Mark Truelove
Appointments for committees and working groups were also confirmed and a full list of these can be found on the Bingley Town Council website at: Bingley Town Council – Committees and Sub-Committees
Office opening times are Monday and Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm.
Bingley Town Council can also be contacted by email at email@example.com 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
Saturday 11 June – Community litter pick – 10am to 12 noon. Meet at the layby opposite Bingley Rugby Club
Saturday 2 July – Monthly Saturday Farmers’ Market. (Held on the first Saturday of each month 10am to 2pm).
The next ordinary meeting of the Full Town Council is at 6.30pm on Tuesday 28th June 2022. The meeting will be held at Bingley Baptist Church Hall, Clyde Street, Bingley.
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