Bingley Town Council mailing no. 25

With our new Bingley Prospectus ‘Going Places’ now available, and a successful stall at the recent Bingley Business Expo, we’re looking forward to continued efforts to make our town a more attractive and welcoming place for visitors, businesses and residents alike.
As part of this, the Council is pleased to support Bingley Chamber of Trade’s Christmas Fayre and Lights Switch-On. The date for your diaries this year is Saturday 24th November.
If you’re one of the many people who enjoy Myrtle Park, please think about attending the meeting on 16th October to discuss setting up a Friends of Myrtle Park group.

Best wishes,

Ros Dawson
Chair, Bingley Town Council

Friends of Myrtle Park

A public meeting aiming to set up a Friends of Myrtle Park group will be taking place on Tuesday 16th October at Tarquin’s Tearooms, starting at 6.30 pm.

The park is a much-loved feature of our town, and is used by many people who go there to walk, play, exercise or watch the world go by. Dwindling resources at district level in recent years has meant that it no longer gets the level of care or the vision it deserves.  Frequent visitors to the park will have noticed a small group of volunteers working hard to add to the floral displays. A Friends of Myrtle Park group would hopefully bring together people to assist with this but also to take a broader view of how the group might improve and enhance the park in a variety of different ways.

The meeting will be attended by Bradford Council Parks Manager, Mel Smith and a representative from Friends of Peel Park in Bradford.

Please do come and find out how YOU can get involved.

Final 2018 Summer Market on Saturday 6th October
The final Summer Market for 2018, the last of the four pilot events, will take place on Saturday 6th October, from 9 am to 3 pm. Four different entertainment acts are lined up to complement the expanding number of stalls and traders, potentially making the event the biggest yet.
The Town Council will be asking residents to feed back their views on this year’s markets so that it can plan how best to provide a market in Bingley in the future. You can answer a couple of simple questions by filling in a form at the Council’s stall on the day or accessing the form on our website. 

Christmas Fayre and Lights Switch-On

Bingley Chamber of Trade will again be organising the annual Christmas Fayre and Lights Switch-on, this year to be held on Saturday 24th November.  The Town Council has agreed to provide the Christmas presents for Santa’s grotto and to fund the fee for the celebrity who will be switching on the lights in addition to offering additional support through its grants scheme.
As previously reported,  the Town Council will be spending a further £3,639 this year on renewing and improving the Christmas lights in central Bingley, including on Main Street, Wellington Street and Chapel Lane.  It will also be spending £1,100 on a Christmas tree in the market square, now that this is no longer provided free of charge by Bradford Council.

Emergency Planning
The Town Council will shortly be undertaking a piece of work to review the town’s Emergency Plan. A temporary Emergency Planning sub-committee devised the plan, in collaboration with Bradford Council, as a response to the December 2015 floods, and it was one of the first tasks the Council successfully undertook.
To complement the plan – a written document containing vital information, contact numbers and procedures – a box of equipment for use in emergencies was installed in Bingley Fire Station.
As an initial step, the Council’s Finance and General Purposes Committee will review the terms of reference, status and composition of the Emergency Planning sub-committee, with a view to possibly including non-councillor members with relevant expertise and experience.

Green and Clean Forum news

Nick Milsom was the speaker at the Green and Clean Forum on 22nd September and gave a very interesting presentation about the work of the Aire Rivers Trust. The Trust hopes to run group sessions to work on various projects on and around the river locally, and an immediate plan is to organise a walk along the river for anyone interested in the next couple of months.

The next Green and Clean Forum will be on Saturday 12th January when the speaker will be Edith Grooby, Recycling Manager at Bradford Council.

Winter and spring planting

A variety of spring bulbs – daffodils, three varieties of crocuses and tulips in six different colours – have now been ordered and were distributed to various planting groups at the recent Green and Clean Forum.

In addition, seasonal bedding plants including wallflowers, pansies, polyanthus, myosotis and bellis are on order from Bradford Council and will be available in early November.

Look out for notices from your local village society or gardening group for upcoming planting sessions!

Update on public toilets
At the full council meeting on 25th September, the Council agreed tender documentation that will enable it to move forward with its plans to reprovide public toilets in Bingley.
The Council is seeking a Project Manager to manage the work of converting the now disused toilet block into two standalone public toilets and an office for the Town Council.  The opportunity will shortly be advertised as a Public Notice in the Telegraph and Argus, on the Contract Finder website and on the Council’s own website, with full details on how to submit a bid. The deadline for submission of bids will be midday on Wednesday 7th November.

Remembrance Sunday
The Town Council has offered its support to the Bingley branch of the Royal British Legion for its organisation of the Remembrance Sunday event in the town centre on Sunday 11th November. The Council will coordinate volunteer stewards, liaising with Bradford Council, and will also ensure the Market Square, Jubilee Gardens and Myrtle Park are clean and tidy by organising a litter pick, which will start at 8 am on the day.
There will a number of road closures on the day and details of these will be advised in due course.
All Saints Church 500 year anniversary celebration – reminder
The Town Council is pleased to be represented at celebrations of the 500th anniversary of the founding of Bingley’s parish church next month. All are welcome to the ‘Last Night of the Proms’ concert on Saturday 6th October, starting at 7pm. Tickets are £12.50 in advance (01274 565079) or £15.00 on the door. Bishop Nick Baines (Bishop of Leeds) will be taking the 10.30 Service on Sunday 7th October.

Play in the Park days next year
Following the success of the Play in the Park events commissioned this year from Bradford Council, the Town Council agreed at its meeting on 25th September to fund six similar events in summer 2019. These will take place during the school holidays.
Dates for your diary:
Bingley Summer Market – Saturday 6th October, 9 am to 3 pm
All Saints Church 500 Year Anniversary Celebration – Saturday 6th October, 7 pm
Community litter pick – Saturday 13th October, Britannia Bridge, 10 am to 12 pm
Public meeting about Friends of Myrtle Park – Tuesday 16th October, Tarquin’s Tea Room, 6.30pm
Plastic Free Bingley Litter Pick – Thursday 1st November, 10 am, woodland at The Twines (meeting place tba)

The next meeting of the Town Council is at 6.30pm on:
Tuesday 30th October, Beckfoot School, Wagon Lane, Bingley
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
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