The CouncilAbout Bingley Town Council
Bingley Town Council is a parish council serving Bingley, Cottingley, Crossflatts, Eldwick, Gilstead and Micklethwaite. It is one of 19 town, parish and community councils in the City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council area. You can see a map of the parish here.
The Council was created in April 2016, with the inaugural meeting being held on 18th May. We are a team of 16 councillors who do not receive a salary and who are committed to working for a better Bingley, with the assistance of our Town Clerk. Details of your local Councillors can be found on our Councillors page. Please do not hesitate to get in touch!
What the Council does
Like other parish councils, Bingley Town Council aims to work towards improving community well-being and providing better services at a local level. Our activities fall into three main categories: –
- representing the local community
- delivering services to meet local needs
- working to improve quality of life and community well-being
The Town Council is a formal body that has to conform to specific procedures and be publicly accountable.
Councillors attend council and committee/sub-committee meetings to discuss and make decisions about the work of the Council. They also meet local organisations and individual residents to address specific issues, and represent the parish on external bodies.
When Bingley Town Council came into being, the statutory duty to manage the allotments in the parish passed to the Town Council from Bradford Council.
The Town Council therefore now has responsibility for the management of Beck Lane and Stanley Street allotments.
Regular Council Activities
Some of the council’s regular activities are:
a) Providing grants to community groups – small grants of up to £500 and larger grants, for more established groups, of up to £2,000. Grants for infrastructural projects under the CIL (Community Infrastructure Levy) scheme are also available for sums over £2,000. Details of the schemes are available in the Documents section of this site
b) Keeping Bingley Green and Clean – this includes floral displays, supply of bedding plants to local groups, regular community litter picks and a team of Green and Clean Champions, who are provided free of charge with their own equipment so that they can go out and clear litter in their own parts of the parish and in their own time. There are currently (June 2020) 44 Champions! To join the team please find the documents in our documents library.
c) Markets – the council runs monthly markets in the Market Square, central Bingley, on the first Saturday of the month, from 10 am to 2 pm. These bring together stallholders selling a variety of fresh produce, hot and cold foods, and crafts, with regular slots from local entertainers.
Keep an eye on our News section for details of events and items of interest.
… a reminder
As a first tier of local government, Bingley Town Council does not replace the statutory responsibilities of the district council. If you have a query regarding issues such as housing, bin collections, flytipping, blocked drains, Council tax, street lights, road maintenance or education, please contact City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council Tel 01274 432111 or report your concern on CBMDC’s website at www.bradford.gov.uk or by emailing email@example.com.
The Council and its committees
Bingley Town Council meets as a full council on a monthly basis and has other committees and sub-committees that also meet regularly.
There are currently three committees: Finance and General Purposes, Planning and Staffing. The Finance and General Purposes Committee also has two sub-committees: Events, Marketing and Communications and Emergency Support. The Council has two working groups, a Neighbourhood Plan Working Group and a Climate Emergency Working Group.
Further details are available on our committees and sub-committees page.
Formal Town Council meetings must by law be held in public, and any member of the public is welcome to attend as an observer. A short period is set aside at the start of meetings for questions or observations from members of the public.
To promote openness and accessibility, we rotate the location of council meetings between Bingley, Cottingley, Crossflatts, Eldwick and Gilstead.
You’ll find details of all meetings in the events calendar.
Agendas, minutes and other useful reports and documents are in our documents library.
You and the Council
If you have suggestions for your Council, would like to get involved in its work or want to keep in touch, please contact our Town Clerk, Ruth Batterley – contact details – or join the council’s mailing list by completing this form.
Get in touch
By email, contact form or telephone