September was a sad month with the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second. I was away on holiday so would like to thank the staff and Councillors who responded and attended various events on behalf of the Council, with especial thanks to Councillor Ros Dawson who led the National Moment of Reflection and read the Proclamation of Accession at an event in the Market Square attended by 80-100 people.
A lot of Council business was postponed during the period of mourning but we are now back to our normal schedule of meetings.
The Bradford and Aire Valley Youth Choir performed for us at the October farmers market and were fantastic, charming all who saw them. Thanks to them for their time, and if you get a chance please go and support them.
As autumn is now upon us, and the weather has turned colder, both the cost-of-living crisis and covid are affecting more and more people.
There is now a leaflet and website where people can go for advice on how to cope and also to show where warm spaces can be found. The leaflets should be available in the Library and we’ll get some for the Hub, it is also available online here https://costoflivingbradford.co.uk/
Covid infections are rising probably driven by people moving indoors for activities, and we are being warned that flu cases could be high this winter. So please take care when out and about; consider wearing a facemask in crowded public places if you are unwell with a cough, cold, flu or covid; and have a Covid booster and/or a flu jab if offered.
Councillor Philippa Gibbons
Revised completion date for Changing Places facility (4 November):
The Changing Places pod has now been delivered to its new home at Myrtle Place, Bingley, and is currently being connected. The provisional date for the completion of this facility is 4th November, however we will keep residents informed of any change.
Pursual of Community Gift Card talks:
It was agreed at the recent Full Council meeting to pursue the Community Gift Card scheme, by initiating talks with a neighbouring town council. If implemented, this scheme should benefit the businesses in Bingley, and increase footfall in the town. We will keep residents informed of progress on this scheme.
Purchase/installation of three SIDs:
The purchase and installation of three solar powered Speed Indicator Devices (SIDs) was also agreed at the recent Full Council meeting. These will be monitored by volunteer Town Councillors and will hopefully help reduce speeding in our parish once installed.
Responses to traffic calming measures consultation:
The Full Council considered traffic calming measures at a recent meeting, in response to a consultation from Highways at Bradford Council regarding the Park Road Casualty Reduction Scheme. The Council’s response included that:
The Council was in favour of the ‘existing Zebra-crossing near Charles Street to become raised speed-table type – existing footways around tactile paving to be taken up and re-laid’.
The Council has reservations regarding the ‘new mini-roundabout at the junction with Priestthorpe Lane and Beck Lane – existing pedestrian refuge island on Priestthorpe Lane to be relocated, new pedestrian island and new traffic island on Park Road’. The steepness of the hill and the dominant flow of the traffic up and down Park Road could lead to accidents if this traffic does not give way to people exiting Beck Lane or Priestthorpe Lane. The Council asked if consideration be given to a means of slowing this traffic, especially downhill eg. by throttling or ensuring there is an offset on entry. The Council expressed concern that the scheme does not address the junction with Villa Road, where the sight lines, especially to the left are severely limited.
The Council has concerns and reservations regarding the proposed ‘new mini-roundabout at the junction with Lady Lane’. The steepness of the hill and the dominant flow of the traffic up and down Park Road could lead to accidents if this traffic does not give way to people exiting Lady Lane. The Council asked if consideration be given to a means of slowing this traffic, especially downhill eg. by throttling or ensuring there is an offset on entry.
Reinstating of Green and Clean Forums:
Green and Clean Forums, sessions set up by the Town Council where a speaker gives a presentation on an issue (e.g., how to insulate your home etc.), to interested local groups and residents twice a year, have been reinstated by the Town Council, following their temporary ceasing due to Covid restrictions. Further information will be released regarding these Forums in due course.
Remembrance Day Event on Sunday 12th November
Town Councillors will again be supporting Bingley Remembrance Day Group’s Remembrance Day event, on Sunday 12th November. As well as providing the Group with a grant to help towards the costs of this event, the Town Council organises a litter pick to clear leaves on the morning of the event, and Town Councillors attend the service at the Cenotaph in Myrtle Park to lay a wreath on behalf of the people of Bingley.
Christmas lights switch on event:
The annual Christmas lights switch on event, organised by Bingley Chamber of Trade in conjunction with the Town Council, will be taking place this year on Saturday 26th November – further details to be released as soon as possible.
Successful previous litter pick and next litter pick on 22nd October:
Another successful litter pick was held on 10th September at Britannia Bridge, where many bags of rubbish were collected, including by the canal side. Thanks as always to our Littler Pick Champions for the great help and support in keeping Bingley clean. Our next litter pick will take place on Saturday 22nd October, meeting at Cardigan House, Bingley, at 10am.
Play in the Park events for 2023:
Following the great success of the Play in the Park events held throughout the parish this summer, the Town Council has booked six more events for summer 2023, on the following dates: 28th July, 4th August, 11th August, 18th August, 25th August, 1st September (all Fridays).
Warm Spaces’ project:
In response to the cost-of-living challenges, Bradford Council have provided information regarding a ‘Warm Spaces’ project taking place this autumn and winter, to help support residents with the rising cost of living. The Town Council will do all it can to publicise any local community organisation or business which provides a ‘warm space’.
Bradford Council have created a dedicated website that was launched on Monday 10th October:
The website includes the following information:
- A booklet that can be viewed online or downloaded: this outlines a range of support available as we approach the colder months. Hard copies of the booklets are being distributed across the district.
- A warm spaces directory: all organisations offering a warm space are asked to register to be included on the site (see below). This will provide valuable information for residents across the district on how to find their nearest warm space and when it is available.
- Grant Information. For organisations able to offer a Warm Space, small grant application: grants of £500 or £1,000 are available. This might enable your organisation to expand your current warm space offer or create a new one. The closing date for applications is Monday 31st October. Applications will be accepted from charities, voluntary sector and social enterprise organisations, faith groups, community-led organisations and clubs delivering services in the Bradford district. The fund is not open to organisations already receiving funding from the Household Support Fund (HSF) grant.For more information and to apply for a grant please visit https://www.bradford.gov.uk/health/health-advice-and-support/warm-spaces/
For information on Cost of Living support in the Bradford District please visit the new website – https://costoflivingbradford.co.uk/ – where organisation can also register a venue as a Warm Space.
Warm Spaces Directory
To ensure people can find a warm space it is important that the directory is populated. Organisations already offering Warm Spaces are asked to add their entries to the directory at https://costoflivingbradford.co.uk/warm-spaces-directory/?wpbdp_view=submit_listing
Please note that adding your organisation to the directory is not the process for applying for grant funding. That form will be available on the site on the 10th October.
The next Farmers’ Market is due to be held in Bingley Market Square on Saturday 5 November, 10am – 2pm.
Please come and join us to buy local produce and unique handmade goods. Meet Town Councillors and discuss any issues you may have regarding the local area. Entertainment will be provided, 10.45am – 11.30am and 12.00pm-12.45pm.
If you are a local producer and would be interested in having a stall at the Farmers’ 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 Farmers’ Markets, please contact Ruth Thompson, Administrative Officer by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to our monthly Farmers’ Market, Bradford Council hold weekly markets on Fridays and the other remaining Saturdays – please support your local markets when you can to ensure that they can stay open.
Approval of policies:
Bingley Town Council have a policy review schedule in place to ensure we are adhering to good governance. The following policies were reviewed and approved at the recent Full Council meeting: Councillor Induction and Access Policy, Dispensation Policy, Document Retention Policy and the Procedure for the Co-option of Candidates.
New internal auditor agreed:
The Full Council have appointed a new internal auditor, Account-Ant, to support our adherence to good financial governance.
Office opening times are Monday and Wednesday from 10am to 12 noon.
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 (Ruth): Tuesday and Wednesday – 077835 19439
Administrative Assistant (Debbie): Monday to Thursday 10am to 2pm – 07579 814666
Dates for your diary
Saturday 22nd October – Community litter pick. The meet up point is at Ferncliffe Road, opposite the Cardigan House entrance.
Saturday 5th November – Monthly Farmers;’ Market 10am to 2pm. Market Place, Bingley. Enjoy local produce and musical entertainment.
The next ordinary meeting of the Full Town Council is at 6.30pm on Tuesday 25th October 2022. The meeting will be held at Eldwick Church, Otley Road, Eldwick
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