Autumn is truly upon us. Weather, trees and temperature are clearly changing.
COVID numbers are high in the district and we should all remain vigilant and careful. A number of councillors and/or their families and friends have been affected. Schools in the area have also been massively affected. Please follow advice on the NHS website re booster vaccinations. Links to this website have been provided below.
As Bonfire Night approaches, there are potential problems with illegal bonfires and fireworks being set off in public areas. Marcia Churley, Ward Officer, has advised there will be extra support and patrols by police and Ward personnel over the next few weeks. Please contact police with any concerns or information.
There are a number of community events being held in November including a Festival of Light, Remembrance Day services and the Big Lights Switch on and Christmas market. Further details are included in the newsletter below.
A Litter Pick was held on 23rd October. A small but select group of volunteers joined in and 26 bags of litter were collected. Many thanks to everyone who participated.
The process for adoption of a councillor for the Priestthorpe Ward by co-option has now been agreed and a co-option meeting will be held on 23rd November 2021. Application details for interested candidates are included below.
May I extend my thanks to all councillors and residents who serve on committees and working groups to support council projects and enhance life in Bingley for all.
Bingley Public Toilets
We are pleased to advise that the public toilets at The Hub, Myrtle Place, which are funded by Bingley Town Council, now have radar key access. The toilets are available 9am to 6pm, 7 days a week.
Progress is being made on the project to install a changing places facility for the town centre. Tenders have been received and are in the process of being reviewed. The working group continues to meet regularly to consider how best to take the project forward.
Update on the work of the Friends of Bingley Pool
The Friends of Bingley Pool attended the Full Town Council meeting of 26th October 2021 to provide councillors with an update on plans for the pool. The group will also be taking a stall at the Bingley Farmers’ Market (Saturday 6 November) in order to share updates with the local community. We encourage local residents to visit the stall to learn more about the work of the Friends of Bingley Pool and consider their own involvement in the project.
The second round of ‘Levelling Up’ funds will be announced later this year. One bid per parliamentary constituency is allowed in priority areas. Bradford District is one of these. Bradford Council has decided to make Bingley the focus of the Shipley constituency bid.
The Squire Lane wellness centre, which was awarded £20M, was what Bradford Council describe as “shovel ready”, the project was already in an advanced planning stage, which meant an application for the funding could be made quickly. However, whilst there are many ideas, with the Pool and Town Hall area as the focus, there is no “shovel ready”, scoped-out project here in Bingley. What kinds of projects will be eligible and whether what Bingley requires i.e. a swimming pool, will meet the government’s next set of criteria is as yet unknown.
Update on the funding from the Priesthorpe annex building
The Town Council discussed the issue of the use of funds from the sale of the Priestthorpe annexe at the 26th October Full Town Council meeting and agreed to contact both Bradford Council and the developers regarding the delay in relation to the funds from the sale of the building and the lack of progress on the new development. The Council have asked for the proposed Charitable Trust to be set up with a majority of representatives from the Bingley Area.
Speed Indicator Devices
Following a presentation by Councillor Hestletine and Councillor Miah, Bingley Town Council agreed to include an item in the 2022 budget for the purchase of Speed Indicator Devices, which will be placed at ‘hot spots’ around the town and which can be relocated after a certain amount of time.
Festival of Light comes to Bingley
Bingley has been chosen as one of the locations for a light installation as part of the Bradford District’s Festival of Light.
“Light in the Balance” will run from the 3rd of November to the 6th and is an audio- visual installation which is set to transform the woodland outside Bingley Arts Centre. Watch the beams of light scatter through the bare branches of the trees and surrounding foliage to create a mesmerising moving canvas of light and shadows.
Remembrance parade and services
Remembrance Day services will be held throughout the district on Sunday 14th November to remember all who have served and suffered through war and conflict.
In central Bingley there will once again be the usual parade and service. The parade begins on Queen St and processes to the cenotaph in Myrtle Park for the Act of Remembrance and Silence at 11.00 a.m.
Services will also be held in Eldwick and Gilstead at 11.00 a.m.
Photo: Joseph Wood, poppy cascade by Bingley 5 Rise Frocks WI at All Saints Church
Bingley Chamber of Trade and Commerce Christmas Fayre
Bingley Chamber of Trade and Commerce are hosting this year’s Christmas Fayre in Bingley Town Square on Saturday 27th November at 10.30am – 4.30pm with the lights switch on at 4.30pm.
Come and join the fun with children’s carousels, Santa’s Christmas land train, Christmas stalls in the Arts Centre, outdoor market and free donkey rides.
With the number of Covid cases continuing to remain high please continue to take precautions to keep you and your loved ones safe.
Guidance can be found on the NHS website at Coronavirus (COVID-19) – NHS (www.nhs.uk)
Or on the Government coronavirus website at: Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance and support – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
- Let fresh air in if you meet indoors. Meeting outdoors is safer
- Wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces where you come into contact with people you do not usually meet
- Get tested and self-isolate if required
- If you haven’t already, and are eligible, get vaccinated
Co-option of Councillor –Priestthorpe ward –
As no nominations for election were received, Bingley Town Council is now seeking a councillor for the Priestthorpe ward by co-option. The deadline for application is by noon on Tuesday 9th November 2021. A co-option meeting for the assessment of candidates will be held on 23 November at 6.30pm.
Further details on the role of a councillor and the application process can be found on the Bingley Town Council Website within the Documents section: current vacancies. Please note that Town Councillor roles are undertaken on a voluntary basis.
Adoption of Council polices and agreements
The Town Council regularly reviews its operating polices and procedures to ensure it stays in line with best practice.
As part of the Full Town Council meeting of 26th October the following polices were ratified:
Supporting documents policy. Covering the uploading of supporting documentation, for agenda items of the Full Town Council meetings, to the Bingley Town Council website.
CCTV Privacy Impact Assessment,
While the recent F&GP committee meeting ratified the Internal Controls Policy and checklist
The Town Council’s office at The Hub, Myrtle Place has now reopened. Members of the public can visit in person Monday to Friday, 12 noon 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 6 November – Monthly Saturday Farmers’ market. (Held on the first Saturday of each month 10am to 2pm)
Sunday 14 November – Jubilee Gardens litter pick. Meet at The Hub, Myrtle Place at 8.30am
Tuesday 23 November – Councillor co-option meeting . To be held at the Bingley Baptist Church, Clyde street commencing at 6.30pm
The next ordinary meeting of the Town Council is at 6.30pm on Tuesday 7th December 2021.
The agenda for the meetings will be published 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; however, please note there have been some changes to the usual pattern of meetings towards the year end.
There will be no Full Town Council Meeting in November,
The December 2021 Full Town Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday 7th December 2021.
The January 2022 Full Town Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday 18th January.
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