The Christmas lights in central Bingley are now ON! We have all missed having an opportunity to celebrate together at the annual switch-on and fair, but hope that the temporary easing of coronavirus restrictions from 23 to 27 December will bring you some cheer. Lights in Crossflatts go on on 5 December.
I’m delighted to welcome Michael Taylor to the council as the new co-opted councillor for Bingley Central & Myrtle Park. I’m sure he will be a great asset and advocate for Bingley.
I’m also pleased to say that the council’s plans to develop a Changing Places facility have moved to the next stage and a new project delivery group is being set up to take the next steps. If you would like to be one of the non-councillors on the group, please get in touch.
Bingley’s monthly market returns on 5 December, so do please come along to support your local traders and enjoy the atmosphere.
Chair, Bingley Town Council
At the full council meeting on 24 November, the council committed to adding to its reserve for a Changing Places facility in Bingley. This will enable the council to work towards putting in place one of two options adjacent to the new hub: either a standalone modular facility or a permanent extension to house the specialist equipment.
The council has set up a project delivery group to further develop specifications, investigate funding options, draw up a business plan, oversee the installation/build and develop plans for management and maintenance. The group will consist of three councillors and ideally three non-councillors; the latter will be residents and those with particular expertise in or lived experience of Changing Places facilities or wider access or equality issues. Non-councillors will need to meet the eligibility criteria required of all non-councillors sitting on formally convened groups of the council. If you would like to get involved, please contact the clerk at email@example.com
An update on progress on Bingley’s Neighbourhood Plan was presented at the full council meeting on 24 November. All minutes and agendas of the Neighbourhood Plan Working Group, as well its terms of reference, are available in the ‘Documents’ section of this website where the evidence library is being compiled. Comments from the consultation last autumn on an initial draft plan have been incorporated and work on further chapters has continued through 2020, so the draft plan is now nearing completion.
The Working Group is now making preparations for the formal public consultation, which will be followed by an independent inspection and a consultation arranged by Bradford Council. A new councillor and a new resident were proposed and elected to the Working Group. The council wishes to thank all current and past resident members of the group for their hard work, commitment, vision and enthusiasm.
National restrictions apply until midnight on 1 December (national restrictions).
From 2 December, Bingley will be in Tier 3 (Very High Alert) along with the rest of West Yorkshire. In tier 3:
- you must not meet socially indoors or in most outdoor places with anybody you do not live with, or who is not in your support bubble, this includes in any private garden or at most outdoor venues
- you must not socialise in a group of more than 6 in some other outdoor public spaces, including parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, a public garden, grounds of a heritage site or castle, or a sports facility – this is called the ‘rule of 6’
- hospitality settings, such as bars (including shisha venues), pubs, cafes and restaurants are closed – they are permitted to continue sales by takeaway, click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery services.
- accommodation such as hotels, B&Bs, campsites, and guest houses must close. There are several exemptions, such as for those who use these venues as their main residence, and those requiring the venues where it is reasonably necessary for work or education and training
- indoor entertainment and tourist venues must close. This includes:
- indoor play centres and areas, including trampolining parks and soft play
- bingo halls
- bowling alleys
- skating rinks
- amusement arcades and adult gaming centres
- laser quests and escape rooms
- cinemas, theatres and concert halls
- snooker halls
- indoor attractions at mostly outdoor entertainment venues must also close (indoor shops, through-ways and public toilets at such attractions can remain open). This includes indoor attractions within:
- zoos, safari parks, and wildlife reserves
- aquariums, visitor attractions at farms, and other animal attractions
- model villages
- museums, galleries and sculpture parks
- botanical gardens, biomes or greenhouses
- theme parks, circuses, fairgrounds and funfairs
- visitor attractions at film studios, heritage sites such as castles and stately homes
- landmarks including observation decks and viewing platforms
- leisure and sports facilities may continue to stay open, but group exercise classes (including fitness and dance) should not go ahead. Saunas and steam rooms should close
- there should be no public attendance at spectator sport or indoor performances and large business events should not be taking place. Elite sport events may continue to take place without spectators
- large outdoor events (performances and shows) should not take place, with the exception of drive-in events
- places of worship remain open, but you must not attend with or socialise with anyone outside of your household or support bubble while you are there, unless a legal exemption applies
- weddingsand funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees – 15 people can attend wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions are not allowed, 30 people can attend funeral ceremonies, 15 people can attend linked commemorative events
- organised outdoor sport, and physical activity and exercise classes can continue, however higher-risk contact activity should not take place
- organised indoor sport, physical activity and exercise classes cannot take place indoors. There are exceptions for indoor disability sport, sport for educational purposes and supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s
- you can continue to travel to venues or amenities which are open, but should aim to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible
- avoid travelling to other parts of the UK, including for overnight stays other than where necessary, such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities. You can travel through other areas as part of a longer journey
- for international travel see the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Officetravel advice for your destination and the travel corridors list
Christmas ‘bubble’ From 23 to 27 December, up to three households will be allowed to form a Christmas ‘bubble’. This will enable families and friends to mix at home, although there will still be Tier 3 restrictive measures in venues such as pubs and restaurants. Between 23 and 27 December:
- you can form an exclusive ‘Christmas bubble’ composed of people from no more than three households
- you can only be in one Christmas bubble
- you cannot change your Christmas bubble
- you can travel between tiers and UK nations for the purposes of meeting your Christmas bubble
- you can only meet your Christmas bubble in private homes or in your garden, places of worship, or public outdoor spaces
- you can continue to meet people who are not in your Christmas bubble outside your home according to the rules in the tier where you are staying
- you cannot meet someone in a private dwelling who is not part of your household or Christmas bubble
Existing support bubbles count as one household towards the three household limit. Between 23 and 27 December, you can continue to use a childcare bubble, but only if reasonably necessary for the purposes of childcare and where there are no reasonable alternatives. You and the other household in your childcare bubble would count as two households towards the three household limit for Christmas bubbles. Full details here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/making-a-christmas-bubble-with-friends-and-family
- putting you in touch with a local food hub
- sorting out a priority supermarket delivery slot
- helping with loneliness and getting someone to give you a call
- referring you for welfare support
You can also visit: www.nhsvolunteerresponders.org.uk
The Town Council’s office is closed due to the lockdown with staff working from home. Bingley Town Council can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on the following numbers:
- Town Clerk – 07703 188660
- Administrative Officer – 07856 365806 (hours will vary)
Dates for your diary
Most activities, including group litter picks and markets, are currently on hold.
The next ordinary meeting of the Town Council is at 6.30pm on:
Tuesday 15 December 2020
The meeting will be held on Zoom. Formally convened Town Council meetings are not password protected and agendas for meetings containing the link for the meeting can be found on the Town Council website and on our Facebook page.
You can see all the council’s meeting dates in the calendar of the Events section of its website, and a full listing is available as a separate document, updated weekly, in the Documents section of the site.
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Bingley Town Council, Myrtle Place, Bingley BD16 2LF