Welcome to Bingley Town Council’s November mailing.
Our top news this month is the first batch of grants awarded by the Town Council to local voluntary and community groups. The Council was keen to set up the scheme at the earliest opportunity and was very pleased to receive some initial applications from groups who had identified a local need and a means of addressing it.
In the October funding round, Eldwick Juniors Football Club were awarded £1,068 towards the cost of new aluminium goals, while Bingley Green Dog Walkers successfully applied for £150 for materials to promote responsible dog ownership and stop dog fouling. A further grant of £1,000 went to Micklethwaite Village Society towards the cost of a defibrillator for the village.
Bingley Town Council has allocated £13,000, 10% of its budget raised through the precept, to the grant scheme for 2016-17. Awards of up to £2,000 are made to support projects that strengthen the community and enhance the well-being of residents and their environment within the parish. The next deadline for applications is 1st February 2017; please contact our clerk, Ruth Batterley, for details. Applicants are encouraged to get in touch well ahead of the deadline to ensure their application is complete and has the greatest chance of success.
Canal Festival a Big Success
On Sunday 16th October, Bingley celebrated the 200th anniversary of the full opening of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. Once the early rain subsided, residents came out in their droves to enjoy a full programme of music, morris dancing, market and craft stalls, and of course the arrival of the historic short boat Kennet at the locks prompted the church bells and brought out the sun. Members of local organisations, some in vintage costumes, manned stalls, gave out information and plied visitors with cake and other goodies.
A big thank you to the many individuals and groups who helped pull the event together, with special thanks to Bradford Council and the Canal and River Trust.
Action on Littering
Many thanks to all residents, young and old, who gave their time to help collect litter in Crossflatts last month. It was another successful event with over 20 bags of rubbish collected from the area around Canal Road and the recreation ground, and we put up some signs to let people know that we had been in action tidying up the neighbourhood.
We now look forward to Saturday 3rd December, when we will be meeting at the Millennium Stone in Eldwick at 1200 to tackle litter on Heights Lane. Do come along if you have an hour or so to spare. We know how many of you feel strongly about littering, and so the Council’s Green and Clean working group is busy putting together a strategy of ongoing activity to address the issue together with a number of partners.
A note about parking
There will be free parking in Queen Street and Main Street Car Parks on 26th November for the Christmas lights switch-on, and also on Saturdays 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th December.
And in addition:
Some of the other issues the Council has been working on recently include:
- Pursuing a solution for Bingley’s derelict buildings
- Tacking action on the rerouting of local bus routes
- Collation of potential road crossings and traffic management measures
- Testing of Bingley’s emergency plan
- Progressing a new website and a new Council logo
- Developing and implementing procedures for the management of the allotments
- Commenting on a large number of planning applications, representing residents at Planning Panel and raising formal objections to the proposed development at Milnerfield Farm and the Aire Valley incinerator plans.