Dear Residents

This is the final mailing of 2021 and on behalf of Bingley Town Council I’d like to wish all residents the very best for Christmas and for 2022.

At the time of writing, new guidance has been given regarding COVID 19. Let us hope that further restrictions are not necessary, but please stay safe and follow the guidelines to keep yourself and loved ones healthy. Further advice in regard to booster vaccines has recently been given for those who are under 40.  Please check the Bingley Town Council website for further news. We will try to update guidance as quickly as possible.

Thanks to the Bingley Remembrance Group for their organisation of the annual service of Remembrance in Myrtle Park on November 14th. The event was exceptionally well attended by at least 1500 residents and the contribution by local schools and students was particularly noticeable.

The Chamber Of Trade Christmas Fayre and Lights Switch on was held on 27th November and despite Storm Arwen and the challenges that presented, the event was very well attended and provided a  much needed boost to shoppers, stall holders, local businesses and residents alike. Bingley Town Council would like to thank all at the Chamber of Trade for their superb work in providing this popular event.

The Council recently had a successful half yearly audit, which is very pleasing and the recommendations from the auditor have been noted and will be actioned immediately. Good governance is the first priority of the Council.

Once again, may I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and New Year and hope that we can look forward to another year in which to make Bingley a brighter, better more welcoming place

Helen Owen

Chair

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Councillor Helen Owen
Councillor Ros Dawson

Councillor appointment

Councillor Ros Dawson was welcomed to the Town Council as a member for the Priestthorpe ward.

Bingley Remembers

Red wool poppies

Thanks were expressed to Bingley Remembrance Group for the Remembrance Day Service on Sunday 14th November, which over 1500 people attended.

The big light switch on

Trees lit up

The Bingley Lights Switch on went ahead, despite the bad weather, on Saturday 27th November. Thanks were expressed to all councillors in attendance and notably to Bingley Chamber of Trade for hard work in the organisation of it.

There are still problems with some of the lights, however Festival Lights are continuing to work to resolve full service. Thanks were expressed especially to Councillors Goode and Truelove for their hard work with the lights in the town centre and in Gilstead, and the Council can look forward to rolling out the Christmas lights in other districts of Bingley next year.

Litter picks

Litter bags

Community litter picks were held on Sunday 14th November and Saturday 11 December. 

Thank you to all the members of the public who gave up their time to make Bingley a cleaner place for everyone   These were the last littler picks for 2021.  Thanks are also given to Councillor Dawson and Goode who have been instrumental in enabling these litter picks to take place.

Changing Places Update

The Town Council agreed the Business Case and a Tender Report for a Changing Places toilet facility in Bingley town centre.   A preferred contractor has been agreed.

The outcome of the bid for Government funding towards this facility put in by Bradford Council is still being awaited, however the Town Council agreed to cover the costs whatever the outcome of this bid.

 

It was also agreed to halt any new discretionary funded projects that may be placed before the Town Council until either the outcome of the Government funding is known or until the Town Council determine that the anticipated funding will not be forthcoming within a timeframe that would be considered reasonable.  This is  to ensure that the Town Council do not incur additional costs resulting from a pricing increase from the preferred contractor due to the delay.

Covid – updates

Sign informing people to stay 2m apart

Coronavirus remains a threat to the health of the nation.

Click here to read the current Government advice  on Coronavirus: how to stay safe and help prevent the spread – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).

Click here to read the recent advice  from Bradford Metropolitan District Council  regarding face mask requirements.  Covid-19 recent updates and important information (govdelivery.com)

A helpful summary of the new rules as a result of the Omicron variant can be found at: Omicron: What are the new Covid rules for the UK? – BBC News

Bingley Town Council logo

Office hours

Following  the recent Government Omicron guidelines The Town Council’s office at The Hub, Myrtle Place is now temporarily closed to the public

Bingley Town Council can however still 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 5 February 2022- Monthly Saturday Farmers’ market.  (Held on the first Saturday of each month 10am to 2pm)

Council Meetings:

The next ordinary meeting of the Town Council is at 6.30pm on Tuesday 18th January 2022

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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Bingley Town Council, Myrtle Place, Bingley BD16 2LF

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