Bingley Town Council mailing no. 21

May is very much a ‘procedural’ month for the Council, and so its AGM on 29th May saw re-elections to various posts and roles on both the full council and committees. It’s also a time for reviewing all the various policies and protocols that the Council has to adhere to.
Despite that, the Council has got plenty going on to support people and places in our parish, to speak up for Bingley and tackle issues that matter and need addressing.
The new summer markets start this Saturday, 2nd June and we hope they will become a highlight for the summer months.  We are also pushing for action on some key road issues, expanding the floral displays, hosting discussion about the possibility of members of the community creating a Friends of Myrtle Park group, organising more litter picks and providing information about the work of the environmental groups The Aire Rivers Trust and Plastic-free Bingley.  More details are in the mailing below.

Best wishes,

Ros Dawson
Chair, Bingley Town Council

First Bingley summer market, this Saturday, 2nd June
The first of a series of new summer markets takes place in the market square in Bingley town centre on Saturday 2nd June, and will be open from 9am to 3pm.
The new markets, on the first Saturdays of June, July, August and October,
will include Bingley’s long-standing fish, cheese and flower traders as well as new stalls selling fresh, local produce and artisan crafts.  There will also be face-painting for children and entertainment to add to the fun and community atmosphere.
The markets are a response to requests from residents to revive the town’s market, which has dwindled to one or two stalls.  The markets are being held by Bingley Town Council with Yorkshire Farmers Markets, a not-for-profit enterprise which runs markets across the county.
The Council hopes that the summer markets will give an extra reason for residents and visitors to pop into town.  Visitors will be able to chat to the traders about their products – where they come from, how they were made, why they’re special – whilst enjoying some musical accompaniment and fun, free entertainment for children.
Bingley’s market dates back to mediaeval times and the Town Council hopes to keep that heritage alive by offering a relaxed 21st century retail experience.  The summer markets concept is based on feedback from a survey carried out by Bingley Town Council last year, in which over 600 people took part, as well as research and guidance from NABMA, the National Association of British Market Authorities of which the Town Council is a member.  This year’s markets are a pilot and will be evaluated in the autumn.

Roads and traffic
At its regular meeting following the AGM on 29th May, the Council noted that there had been little progress on some of the road schemes awaited from Bradford Council.

The Town Council has resolved to request a meeting with Cllr Alex Ross-Shaw, a member of Bradford District Council’s executive and the portfolio holder for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, to raise these issues and seek assurances and actual dates for implementation of schemes.
Policing issues
Residents might be interested to note that there is a Police Contact Point in Bingley Library every Thursday from 1 pm to 3 pm, when police officers will be on hand to answer queries from members of the public.

The current Shipley Neighbourhood policing team is headed up by Inspector Julie Deacon, who is joined in Bingley Central and Bingley Rural by PS 190 Andy Rollett, PC 979 James Surtees and PC 5703 Cath Gallimore and supported by PCSOs 523 Debbie Williams, 520 Rob Parker and 74 Niel Holmes in Bingley ward and PCSOs 167 Gary Fletcher, 255 Paul Alwood and 349 Sarah Bower in Bingley Rural.

Picture below: spring planting in Cottingley by the Cottingley Group. Thanks to the group for the use of their photo.

Green and Clean Forum

The next Green and Clean Forum takes place at Cardigan House, Ferncliffe Road on Saturday 9th June, from 10am to 12pm. This is a gathering for anyone interested in helping to care for our environment, whether by tending flower beds, planting containers, picking up litter or campaigning against dog fouling.

Items on the agenda include a discussion about setting up a Friends of Myrtle Park group, so if you enjoy the park and would like to help it develop, please do come along and make your views known. Our guest speaker this time will be Nick Milsom from the Aire Rivers Trust, and there will be information from the new Plastic-free Bingley group. We will also have the usual round-up and sharing of the activities of local gardening and parks group. You don’t need to be a member of a group to come along!

Other Green and Clean news

The Council’s summer floral displays are again being provided by Carlton Nurseries and are being extended out of the centre of Bingley into Cottingley, Crossflatts, Gilstead, Eldwick and Poplar House. There will be a new colour scheme this year, and the planters will be installed in the second week of June, with some items in place in time for the first summer market. Look out too for the bedding plants being supplied by the Town Council to gardening groups across Bingley, with the support of Bradford Council.

Litter picks continue to be well-supported, and the next one is on 16th June – a 2pm start this time, and we’ll be tackling the Crossflatts end of the canal towpath. Details to come shortly; please keep an eye on our Facebook page and website.

Picture below: Members of Bingley Bloomers, the gardening group of Bingley Five Rise Frocks WI, working hard to improve Jubilee Gardens. Credit: Jean Robinson

New Councillor in Crow Nest Ward

The results of the bye-election in Crow Nest Ward on 3rd May were as follows:

John Brazendale (Labour) – 524

Dale Barton (Liberal Democrats) – 306

John Brazendale was duly elected and he has been congratulated and welcomed to the Council.

Picture below: Plastic-free Bingley litterpickers on the towpath on 12th May. Credit: Plastic-free Bingley/Jane Stone

Dates for your diary:
Bingley summer markets – Saturday 2nd June, 7th July, 4th August, 6th October
Eldwick Gala  – 30th June
Cottingley Fun Day  – 14th July
Bingley Show – 21st July

The next meeting of the Town Council is at 6.30pm on Tuesday 26 June at Cardigan House Ferncliffe Road.  
 You can see all our meeting dates in the calendar of the Events section of our website, and a full listing is available as a separate document, updated weekly, in the Documents section of the site.

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With best wishes,

Bingley Town Council

Cottingley Cornerstone, 
Littlelands, Cottingley, Bingley, BD16 1AL
Town Clerk tel: 07703 188660 /



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