The Council will be holding an Extraordinary Meeting at 1pm on Tuesday 24th March, at Church House, Old Main Street, Bingley to discuss issues arising from the coronavirus pandemic. The agenda is in the Documents section of the website: https://bingleytowncouncil.gov.uk/documents/
All current Town Council meetings and events are otherwise cancelled in line with government guidance on social distancing. However, the Clerk has delegated powers to carry out any function of the Council in an emergency, and so is empowered to progress essential council business during the coronavirus emergency period. As Council meetings by law must be in person, enquiries are being made with the relevant bodies about the legitimacy of and possible options for virtual meetings.
The Council is awaiting details of a Bradford Council Ward-based support initiative and will publicise any relevant information as soon as it is available. Further information regarding school closures in the district will be shared as soon as we have it.
The Council is grateful to all individual residents, groups and businesses who are providing support to individuals and families in their communities at this very difficult time. We are not able to endorse any organisation, group, business or retailer but can only signpost residents to community schemes. The Bingley and Bingley Rural Wards Community Coronavirus Resilience group is a Facebook group aiming to match needs with volunteer support. Help the Aged locally have a support system set up, groups of local residents are supporting people in their local neighbourhoods and many local businesses are offering delivery services. Please think of your neighbours and support them where you can.
We strongly recommend that you note the advice on COVID-19 given by the government, which is available at the following link:
Bradford Council is also updating its advice regularly:
The Leader of the Council has also issued the following statement:
Stay at home if you have either:
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do:
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.
How long to stay at home
- if you have symptoms of coronavirus, you’ll need to stay at home for 7 days
- if you live with someone who has symptoms, you’ll need to stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person in the home started having symptoms
HMRC has set up a helpline to support businesses and self-employed people concerned about not being able to pay their tax due to coronavirus:
0800 015 9559 Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm Saturday, 8am to 4pm