Bingley Town Council mailing no. 17

It’s clearly not going to be a quiet year in Bingley, as we have plenty to report to you as 2018 gets underway!
You can read about progress with the public toilets, the budget for the next financial year and events at the Green and Clean Forum earlier this month.
These of course are just the headlines. Your local Councillors and Council staff are working hard on your behalf in many different areas, from liaising with the police, InCommunities and Bingley Chamber of Trade to reviewing planning matters and managing the allotments – to name but a few!

Best wishes,

Ros Dawson

Chair, Bingley Town Council

Plans for new offices and public toilets to go ahead

Following months of planning and a public consultation, the Town Council voted on 23rd January to go ahead with plans to convert the town’s public toilets into new offices for itself as well as providing public WCs.
The Town Council is also to investigate if, despite tight budgets and time constraints, a Changing Places facility, a toilet for people with complex disabilities, can also be included along with two standard accessible toilets.

Bingley Town Council was invited to take on the running of the town’s public toilets after Bradford Council decided to shut all public toilets across the district, apart from those in City Park.
Following the consultation with residents in December, the Town Council has produced a business plan and will now be putting forward a proposal for a Community Asset Transfer of the public site.  The CAT involves Bradford Council leasing the site to Bingley Town Council for 94 years on a peppercorn rent.  To fund the project, the Town Council will apply to the government for a loan from the Public Works Loans Board.

Some results of the survey about the office/toilet proposal:

  • A total of 484 responses were received: 418 from Bingley residents of whom 324 were in favour of increasing the precept to fund the proposed project. 59 Bingley residents were not in favour of increasing the precept.
  • 381 respondents (79%) were in favour of applying for a loan from the Public Works Loans Board.
  • 403 respondents (82.5%) said Bingley definitely needs public toilets, 41 thought Bingley probably needs public toilets, 26 people said Bingley either definitely or probably doesn’t need public toilets.
  • 386 respondents (79%) were either extremely or very supportive of a CAT.
  • 389 (80%) of respondents were either very or somewhat positive about the proposal to transform the existing public toilets into new offices and retain public toilet facilities.

(The full survey results and all other documents are on the Town Council's website).

Feedback from the consultation showed a desire among some residents for the project to incorporate a Changing Places facility. A Changing Places facility is different to standard accessible toilets and is specifically for people with multiple and complex disabilities who have one or two assistants with them.  The room contains a WC, fixed-track hoist system, basin and adult-sized changing bench.

Bingley Town Council will consult its architect about altering the plans and seek discussions with Bradford Council and the Public Works Loans Board about the implications of any changes to the plans which were the basis for the consultation in December.

Picture below:   Current public toilets in Jubilee Gardens
 Budget for 2018-19

The full Council meeting on 23rd January also saw Councillors setting the Council’s budget for 2018-19 and the precept to be charged to households.
In the next financial year, the precept for a Band D property for a year will be £16.31, an increase of 2.19% on the current year’s amount of £15.96.  It means Bingley continues to have one of the lowest town or parish council precepts in Bradford District.
The budget for 2018-19 includes projected costs for the development and refurbishment of the toilet site as described above. Other budget headings include emergency support, regeneration and tourism, Christmas and seasonal events, Green and Clean and Neighbourhood Plan.
The budget for grants to Bingley’s community groups has been increased from £13,000 to £20,000 and we look forward to receiving plenty of applications in the coming year for the projects you want to make happen.

Picture below:  Flower bed outside Bingley Pool, under cultivation by Bingley 5 Rise Frocks WI

Green and Clean Forum

Cardigan House was the venue for another successful Green and Clean Forum on the morning of Saturday 13th January.
Guest speaker Jan Pollard, from Baildon In Bloom, gave a lively and informative account of Baildon’s impressive arrangements for floral displays and engagement with Yorkshire In Bloom. There was an outline of the Town Council’s plans for summer planting, which it is hoped will expand beyond the centre of Bingley into outlying areas of the parish.  It was also reported that Bradford Council will again be able to supply summer bedding plants at reduced cost.

Representatives of local groups shared information about their own plans for the coming months and there was an opportunity to publicise working sessions and call for additional volunteers. Amongst those with news to share were the Friends of Prince of Wales Park, the Myrtle Park Group, Jerr Wood Action Group, Bingley 5 Rise Frocks WI, 1st Bingley Beavers, Action Stations, Bingley Airedale Rotary Club, Cottingley group and Crossflatts, Eldwick and Gilstead Village Societies. Attendees were encouraged to post details of their various activities or requests for help or advice on the Keeping Bingley Beautiful Facebook page.

Picture below: Newly-installed Action Stations planters at Crossflatts Railway Station

Dates for your diaries:
Neighbourhood Plan working group, Thursday 1st February,  6.30 pm, Church House, Old Main Street, Bingley

Community litter pick, Saturday 10th February, meeting at 3-Rise Locks at 10 am. All welcome!

Next Town Council meeting
The next meeting of the Town Council is at 6.30pm on Tuesday 27th February at Bingley Baptist Church, Clyde Street, Bingley BD16 4LJ.

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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