Bingley Town Council mailing no. 28

As the year draws to a close, I’d like to thank all those who’ve supported the council, got involved with our activities or who are working and volunteering in many capacities in our community.
Councillors have been particularly busy recently responding to residents’ concerns across a number of areas. This includes putting in place a number of additional grit bins across the parish and holding discussions with Bradford Council and the police about car parking issues. You can read more about both below.
Similarly, the Council has agreed more expenditure as part of its planned maintenance programme at the Beck Lane and Stanley Street allotments to ensure both sites are well-maintained and that allotment holders have the facilities they need.
We’d like to welcome Philippa Gibbons to the Council as the co-opted member for the Oakwood and Beck Lane Ward.
Best wishes to all residents for a merry Christmas and a happy and healthy new year!

Best wishes,
Ros Dawson
Chair, Bingley Town Council

Picture below: Bingley Town Council's contribution to the Christmas Tree Festival at All Saints Parish Church, Bingley

New councillor for Lady Lane and Oakwood ward
Philippa Gibbons has been appointed as a co-opted independent councillor to represent the Lady Lane and Oakwood ward, following the resignation of Andrew Fenton. We are delighted to welcome Philippa to the Council. She will hold office until April 2019 when all Council seats are due for re-election.


As part of its emergency management procedures, the Council has ordered a further 14 grit bins subject to the necessary permissions and risk assessments.  These will be positioned in various places across Bingley in line with set priorities and will be marked as Town Council property. A further £1,800 has been allocated from the Repairs and Maintenance budget for refills of the grit bins previously purchased by the Council (Bradford Council is responsible for the cost of refilling its own grit bins).

The Council has also requested that new routes be added to Bradford Council’s gritting routes for the parish and again reported bins that are in poor condition.

Picture below: one of the Town Council's brand-new grit bins, near the bottom of Priestthorpe Road

Car Parking

A number of councillors met recently with two residents and two officers from Bradford Council to discuss various concerns about parking. Difficulties with the new evening and weekend parking charges in central Bingley were highlighted, and Bradford Council has undertaken to check that pay machines in Bingley car parks are properly set up to accept payments for parking after 6:00pm and to issue an appropriate ticket.

It was noted that parking restrictions have been introduced outside Bingley Grammar School where there has been a particular problem with cars obstructing pavements. In a recent action involving PCSOs and Bradford Council wardens, a number of drivers were spoken to; in the future, ticketing is an option. A joint letter is being written to all schools by Bradford Council and the police about parking issues outside schools.

Other areas where concerns have been raised include Primrose Bank and Primrose Lane and the area around the Priestthorpe Annex. The Council is to look at compiling a list of roads where additional parking restrictions (lines) could be beneficial, for future discussion with Bradford Council’s Highways Department. Car parking was also amongst issues discussed in a recent meeting with the police.


Emergency planning

New terms of reference for the Town Council’s Emergency Planning sub-committee have been agreed. Four councillors have been appointed to the committee and two members of the public are being approached as co-optees.

Chris Slaven, the Emergency Planning Officer at Bradford Council, attended the full council meeting on 18th December and confirmed that Bradford Council would lead any action that needed to be taken in the event of an emergency. He welcomed the Town Council’s commitment to updating and maintaining its emergency plan and offered his support to undertake a regular training exercise for those charged with implementing the plan.

Picture below: a view of Stanley Street allotments


The Financial and General Purposes Committee meeting on 12th December considered the quarterly allotments report and agreed to fund several items of maintenance work needed at the Beck Lane and Stanley Street allotments. These include repairs and improvements to water supplies, fencing and supply of skips. An order has been made for a new entrance gate at Stanley Street. Quotations for other works will be brought to a further meeting of the committee. The Clerk is also contacting Bradford Council to seek an update on the transfer of the Warren Lane allotments to Bingley Town Council.
Budget for 2019/2020

The Finance and General Purposes Committee and full Council have now considered several draft budgets for the coming financial year. The final budget will be agreed at the full council meeting on 22nd January in time to meet Bradford Council’s own budget-setting requirements.

Priestthorpe Annexe – funds for education in Bingley

We wrote last month about the process by which the proceeds from the recent sale of the Priestthorpe Annex will be allocated to educational uses in Bingley. This is in line with the terms of the covenant on the building.
The Town Council has agreed to write to Bradford Council with the following three suggestions:
a) set up a trust fund to allocate funds to individual Bingley students or projects
b) allocate the funds equally to all publicly-funded schools
c) use the funds to support Bingley Pool as a community asset
There is still just time to make your own proposals to Bradford Council as to how the funds (the purchase price was £226,000) could be used. Please write to the solicitor for the trustees by 31st December 2018:

Richard Winter – Solicitor for the Trustees
Deputy Team Leader, Property, Commercial and Development Team
Room 302, 3rd Floor, City Hall, Bradford, BD1 1HY
A decision will be made by Bradford Council’s Regulatory and Appeals Committee, sitting as Trustees, early in 2019.

Picture below: winter planting by Carlton Nurseries

Three-year floral display contract awarded to Carlton Nurseries
Following a tender process, the Town Council has awarded a three-year contract to Carlton Nurseries of Cottingley Moor Road to provide summer and winter displays throughout the parish from summer 2019. Carlton Nurseries have provided this service since summer 2017 and this will allow for continuity until winter/spring 2022.

The Town Council submitted an objection to the application for a permanent licence for Delilah’s, on the site of the former Bijou nightclub on Chapel Lane, and attended the Bradford District Licensing Panel hearing on 29th November to state its objection in person.
The outcome of the hearing was that a licence was granted to SH Bars for alcohol, regulated entertainment and late night refreshment on condition that the bar close at 11.30 pm Sunday to Wednesday and at 2 am Thursday to Saturday, a reduction in the opening hours applied for. It was stated that many of the objections made by individuals and the Council were not relevant to licensing law and could not be taken into account.

Toilets update
At its meeting on 18th December, the Council agreed to approve the contract documentation for Bowman Riley, which has been appointed to project manage the toilet conversion project. A team of two councillors and a resident were elected to work with the Clerk and Bowman Riley on the project.
The Council is continuing to pursue the Community Asset Transfer (CAT) of the toilet block and its solicitors have just received a draft agreement from Bradford Council. Once the CAT has been agreed and the necessary planning permission has been obtained, the Council will be agreeing a revised business case and putting in an application for borrowing approval.
Councillors attended a meeting on 30th November at Bingley Pool with Bradford Council representatives to discuss the proposed installation of a Changing Places facility in the building. Bradford Council is ready to proceed with obtaining a firm costing for the work, which will involve a tender for the building and decorating works. The Town Council is requesting additional information before formally asking Bradford Council to go ahead, i.e. written confirmation that the project can only be managed and tendered by Bradford Council and that the finished facility will meet all legal accessibility requirements, and details of insurance and maintenance.

Town Council office opening times over Christmas and New Year
Monday 24th December – staff available by phone or email
Tuesday 25th December – closed
Wednesday 26th December – closed
Thursday 27th December – staff available by phone or email
Friday 28th December – staff available by phone or email
Monday 31st December – staff available by phone or e-mail
Tuesday 1st January – closed
Wednesday 2nd January – closed
Thursday 3rd January – closed
Friday 4th January – staff available by phone or email, or please get in touch to make an appointment
Picture below: Bingley's newest Christmas light: Photograph: Michael Revill, Bingley Camera Club
Dates for your diary:

Green and Clean Forum, Saturday 12th January, 10 am to 12 pm, Cardigan House, Ferncliffe Road, Bingley
Annual Town Meeting, Thursday 7th March, venue tba


The next meeting of the Town Council is at 6.30pm on:
Tuesday 22nd January 2019 at Cardigan House, Ferncliffe Road, 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 Community Centre, 
Littlelands, Cottingley,
Bingley, BD16 1AL
Town Clerk tel: 07703 188660 /



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