Bingley Town Council mailing no. 13

Welcome to our 13th monthly mailing! We have developments on Bingley’s Neighbourhood Plan to report this month, and hope that this will encourage some of you to join our group of Councillors on the Council’s new Neighbourhood Plan working group.

Alongside this comes the latest news on Green and Clean activities, including our first station tidy-up session which takes place courtesy of our new station adoption group.

 Baubles, angel wings, stars, Christmas trees and sherbert fountains …  the choice was yours in our poll to decide what Bingley’s new Christmas lights would look like. We reveal the results below!

Best wishes, Ros Dawson
Chair, Bingley Town Council

Picture below: Bingley's new Christmas lights
New designs for Christmas lights

Bingley Town Council was delighted with the enthusiastic response to the survey on the proposed designs for new Christmas lights, and would like to thank everyone who voted.

The survey was carried out on the Council’s Facebook page and also through one-to-one polling in Bingley Main Street by Councillors Beckwith, Goode and O’Neill. Following the count, we can reveal that the most popular design was the Christmas trees. They received the largest share of the votes, with 468 out of 1,204 votes cast – an emphatic 38.9% of the vote.

The new lights will be in position on town centre lamp-posts by the 25th November, ready for the Christmas lights switch-on and Christmas Fayre. We look forward to working with Bingley Chamber of Trade on this event and to an extra-festive Main Street this year.

Picture below: Bingley railway station, awaiting some helping hands on 7th October

Litter picking and station tidying

Next Saturday, 7th October, sees the Council’s next litter pick and the first station tidy-up session! This follows the adoption of both Bingley and Crossflatts stations by a new group of volunteers under the name of Action Stations (Bingley and Crossflatts).

Anyone who would like to help is invited to meet at the rear of Bingley railway station between 10am and 2pm. Come at any time up to 1.30, stop for a chat or stay for a couple of hours. We'll be litter picking at the rear of the station and in and around the car park and Wellington Street, and also tidying up some of the planted areas within the station.

All equipment provided, though if you'd like to help inside the station, please make sure you have study shoes and gloves and feel free to bring your own secateurs or loppers - we'll be supplying everything else.

Please note that unfortunately the location is not very suitable for children on this occasion, but if you'd like to litter pick with your family, we would suggest you go across to Myrtle Park once you've picked up your equipment.

Picture below: A market place tub planted by Bingley WI
Green and Clean Forum

With the summer planting season at an end, the Town Council’s Green and Clean Forum met on 9th September to review what had been achieved by volunteer planting groups and the Council over the year and to make plans for the coming winter and spring.
The Council's town centre planters met with approval, and attendees were invited to comment on colour schemes and other aspects of the scheme. Plans are currently being worked up to extend this display both in the town centre and to other parts of the parish; proposals for this will need to be approved by the full council when setting next year’s budget.
The Council has also agreed to supply volunteer groups with winter bedding – polyanthus and bellis – through Bradford Council and some bulbs for a spring display (look out for news of bulb planting sessions).
The meeting also heard about the station adoption scheme, action to counter dog-fouling and upcoming litter picks. See above for information on the 7th October event; other dates are 12th November and 2nd December, and the next forum event will be on a date in January 2018 to be advised.

Picture below: Councillors Goode and Hardman at Bingley Business Expo

Bingley Business Expo 2017

Bingley Town Council was pleased to support Bingley Business Expo at Bingley Arts Centre on Wednesday 27th September. This inaugural event brought together local businesses to make connections and contacts and share ideas about growing Bingley’s business landscape. The Town Council was on hand to ask businesses how we could help them and to gather ideas about how to support the regeneration of the town.

Neighbourhood Plan
Following a period of public consultation, Bingley Town Council has been notified that its application for the designation of a Neighbourhood Area covering the parish of Bingley, for the purpose of producing a Neighbourhood Development Plan, has been approved. This is the first formal stage in the Neighbourhood Development Plan preparation process.
A Neighbourhood Plan will give us the opportunity to say what type of development (commercial and housing) we want and where it should be sited. It will also entitle us to 25% of any Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) on new development.
Bingley Town Council has appointed Andrew Towlerton Associates as the Neighbourhood Planning consultant and will keep you informed of the next stage via the website. A working group has been formed to lead this work and is looking to include interested members of the public. Please email
enquiries@bingleytowncouncil if you would like to get involved, indicating your particular area of interest or expertise.

Next Town Council meeting
The next meeting of the Town Council is at 6.30pm on Tuesday 31st October at Eldwick Memorial Hall. Please note that there will be no informal surgery with Councillors prior to the meeting.   
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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