July 19th saw the lifting of most of the legal covid-related restrictions in England and the beginning of the next stage of our journey through the pandemic. The emphasis has now moved from Government imposed restrictions to one of individuals’ making decisions in relation to the precautions needed to best protect family, friends and the wider community. Individual responses to these “freedoms” will vary and patience and understanding are likely to continue to be needed as we navigate our way through this next stage.
As we try to move towards a more normal way of life, Bingley Town Council is supporting the return of public activities. August will see the return of live entertainment at the monthly Farmers’ Market and the official opening of the Town Council’s Office space at The Hub. Look out for Play in the Park and litter pick events that are planned throughout the summer. I do hope you will enjoy the events that are on offer and will be able to make the most of the summer.
Monthly Market, Bingley Back in Business and the Official Opening of the Hub
The next Monthly Market will take place on Saturday 7th August. Live entertainment will return for this and future markets as long as restrictions allow.
Our performer at the August market is Ste Leech. Ste resumed playing a few years ago after a 50-year hiatus (he played in a band in the 1960’s). Ste has a wide-ranging repertoire and you can expect a mix of Pop covers (old and new) Irish, Americana, Self-penned songs, Folk, Country, Indie and possibly even a little Reggae/Ska.
The Bingley Back in Business event will also take place at the same time, organised by the Bingley Community Partnership. This will include an exhibition by Bingley Camera Club, refreshments in the Arts Centre, a ‘Gratitude’ stall from the Youth Cafe and a free raffle for vouchers to spend with local businesses. Thanks to those businesses which have participated.
The official opening of the Town Council office and public toilets by Deputy Lord Mayor Bev Mullaney will take place at 11.00 a.m. with the office being open for general public viewing from 11.30am to 12.30pm.
The litter pick on Saturday 31st July was well attended and the team of litter pickers worked hard to improve the appearance of Bingley’s streets, paths and parks.
It is great to have such a dedicated team of volunteers but it would be better if they were not needed. Please do ensure you always place your rubbish in an appropriate bin or take it home with you.
The number of discarded hand wipes and covid masks was particularly high and for all our safety these should be carefully disposed of and not left for others to clear up.
Updates from the Full Council Meeting held on 27th July 2021
The Chair welcomed all visitors and thanked them for their interest.
Staff and Councillors were thanked for their attendance at recent IT training which will enable the council to work more effectively.
Via a Special Motion, The Council voted to rescind the motion agreed at the June Full Council Meeting, to write to Airedale General Hospital to request negotiation and a reversal of the decision to alter pay and conditions for workers at AGH, employed since 2018. The motion was carried by 7 votes to 6 with 1 abstention.
N.B. Airedale General Hospital Solutions have agreed to the request for an improved set of pay and conditions, in line with those agreed for former staff on Friday 23rd July 2021.
Speed Indicator Devices. The Council agreed to consider the proposal from BMDC for the installation of Speed Indicator Devices. A report and proposal will be brought to the next Full Council meeting.
Five Rise Locks. A project to provide Pavement Waymarking Signs from Bingley Railway Station to Three Rise and Five Rise Locks has been revived and discussions with the Canal and River Trust are ongoing. A proposal will be brought to Full Council
Neighbourhood Plan Working Group. A new consultant will be sought to guide the Plan through the next stages of the plan to completion.
Parks and Recreational Space. The Council agreed a motion to request that BMDC urgently address the problems with play equipment, surfaces and safety issues in each of the local Recs and Myrtle Park. Ward Councillors were requested to ask questions to the next meeting of BMDC.
The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. A request for the Town Council to provide beacon(s) to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee was discussed. Efforts in the past had proved this to be impossible to provide for a council of the size and resources of Bingley. It was agreed that as the Statutory Authority, BMDC should organise the district-wide celebrations and this view would be conveyed to BMDC.
Play in the Park Events.. The first Play in the Park event provided by Bingley Town Council takes place at Myrtle Park on Saturday 7th August. Followed by:
Friday 13th August – Crossflatts Rec,
Wednesday 18th August, Gilstead Rec,
Friday 20th August – Cottingley Rec,
Friday 27th August – Eldwick Rec
Friday 3rd September- Myrtle Park.
All 11.00 a.m – 3.00 p.m.
If the weather is too wet, please check social media and the council website for postponement and new dates. Portaloos will be at each event and mobiloos at the Myrtle Park events.
Public Toilets’ The quote for a radar key for each of the public toilets was agreed and will be ordered.
Consultation on LNER route from Keighley Town Council.. The Council agreed to support the efforts of Keighley Town Council to request a daily morning and return service from London Kings Cross to Airedale. The letter will be specific to Bingley and will be copied to Keighley Town Council.
Covid – updates
The government Covid guidance website advises that England has now moved to Step 4 of the roadmap. Most legal restrictions to control COVID-19 have been lifted at step 4. This means that:
- You do not need to stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with. There are also no limits on the number of people you can meet.
- However, in order to minimise risk at a time of high prevalence, you should limit the close contact you have with those you do not usually live with, and increase close contact gradually. This includes minimising the number, proximity and duration of social contacts.
- You should meet outdoors where possible and let fresh air into homes or other enclosed spaces.
- The Government is no longer instructing people to work from home if they can. However, the Government expects and recommends a gradual return over the summer.
- The requirement to wear face coverings in law has been lifted. However, the Government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport.
- There are no longer limits on the number of people who can attend weddings, civil partnerships, funerals and other life events (including receptions and celebrations). There is no requirement for table service at life events, or restrictions on singing or dancing. You should follow guidance for weddings and funerals to reduce risk and protect yourself and others.
- There are no longer restrictions on group sizes for attending communal worship.
However please bear in mind that while most legal restrictions have been lifted at step 4, and many people have been vaccinated, it is still possible to catch and spread COVID-19, even if you are fully vaccinated, therefore everyone should be cautious while managing the risks as cases of COVID-19 remain high
Further advice can be obtained at Coronavirus: how to stay safe and help prevent the spread – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Notice of Elections
Elections have been requested by residents for Central Ward and Crossflatts and Micklethwaite Ward. It is anticipated that the election date will be Thursday 23rd September. Further details will be available from Electoral Services at Bradford Metropolitan District Council shortly and will be posted on the Bingley Town Council website
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 email@example.com or by phone on the following numbers:
Deputy Town Clerk: 07703 188660
Administrative Officer: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday – 077835 19439
Dates for your diary
Monthly Saturday Farmers’ market – First Saturday of each month 10am to 2pm
The next ordinary meeting of the Town Council is at 6.30pm on Tuesday 31 August 2021
The agenda for the meetings can be found on the Town Council website within the Documents section.
You can see all the council’s meeting dates in the Events section calendar on the website
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