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Bingley’s Candidates For the 2017 General Election

With the general election coming up I thought it might be useful to supply some information on our candidates for the Shipley/Bingley area. I have contacted Philip Davies (Conservative)  Sophie Walker (Women’s Equality Party), Steve Clapcote (Labour) and Caroline  Jones (Lib Dem) with the same questions. I will update this page with their responses as they come through.

Labour – Steve Clapcote

First of all, I want to say how shocked and sickened I am by what happened in Manchester last night. The deliberate targeting of children by a suicide bomber is abhorrent.

1) Please tell us about yourself  I’m 45 years old and was born in Poole, Dorset. My mum and dad both left school at 15 without any formal qualifications and went on to work as a shop assistant at the Co-op (mum) and a clerical worker for the local council and then a delivery driver (dad). I went to state schools then worked as a stockman on a farm before becoming the first member of my family to go to university. My scientific career has taken me around the UK and to Toronto, Canada. I moved to West Yorkshire in 2008 for a job at Leeds University, where I teach and lead research on neurological disorders and their treatment. Outside work, I’m a governor of a primary school and a secondary school. In my spare time, I enjoy pottering around in my garden.

2) If elected what would you do to improve Bingley? As MP for Bingley, I’d have a voice in Parliament to speak up for the town. Being an MP also gives one the opportunity and raised profile to get publicity in the media for various campaigns. Bingley is a nice place to live and benefits from its rail link into Leeds and Bradford. But the economic activity in the town centre has declined with the closure of the Bradford and Bingley HQ, which brought jobs and workers into the centre – these people used local shops and food outlets and boosted the local economy. I want Bingley to be an attractive place to live and work. As your MP, I would talk to local residents and businesses for their views on how they think Bingley could be improved and what they would like doing. I believe in bottom-up rather than top-down politics, and I’ll be there to help wherever I can.

3) What are your thoughts on the cuts to education, if elected how would you oppose this? Ditto NHS.  I am opposed to the cuts in education and the lack of funding to the NHS. As the Labour candidate, I’ve been opposing the cuts by telling residents what they mean in terms of fewer teachers for each local school, which can be obtained from schoolcuts.org.uk. If elected as MP for Bingley, the chances are that we would have a Labour government (as Labour likely needs to win in Shipley to have a majority). We will make sure schools are properly resourced by reversing the Conservatives’ cuts and ensuring that all schools have the resources they need. We will introduce a fairer funding formula that leaves no school worse off, while redressing the historical underfunding of certain schools. We will reduce class sizes to less than 30 for all five-, six-, and seven-year-olds, and seek to extend that as resources allow. We will introduce free school meals for all primary school children, paid for by removing the VAT exemption on private school fees. If there isn’t a Labour government, I’ll keep speaking on school funding cuts and asking questions of education ministers, to hold the government to account for the damage that they are doing.
On the NHS, Labour will commit to over £30 billion in extra funding over the next Parliament through increasing income tax for the highest 5 per cent of earners and by increasing tax on private medical insurance, and we will free up resources by halving the fees paid to management consultants.

4) Bingley Children’s centre has now been effectively closed – it’s a huge loss to this town. How would you have helped prevent its closure? Sure Start children’s centres, and the support they give to vulnerable and hard-to-reach parents, were one of the great achievements of the previous Labour government, but under the Conservatives 1,200 Sure Start children’s centres have been lost. Labour will halt the closures and increase the amount of money available for Sure Start. That extra funding would increase the opening hours of Bingley’s children’s centre and mean that it wouldn’t be effectively closed any more.

5) What are your views on the proposed incinerator? I’m joining Keighley’s Labour candidate John Grogan in opposing the plans for an incinerator on the proposed site.

6) What are your views regarding the old B and B site? The latest I heard was that Lidl will submit a planning application for a supermarket on the site to Bradford Council shortly. While I’m sure that Aldi wouldn’t appreciate the competition, I’m not opposed to Lidl’s proposal in principle. I think the site should be used for jobs and make the centre of Bingley more attractive.

7) Why should we vote for you?:- To be completed.

8) Why should we vote for Labour?:- To be completed.

Lib Dem – Caroline Jones

1) Please tell us about yourself. I was born in West Yorkshire and now live in Burley-in-Wharfedale. I am the business manager at a primary school, where my job involves working closely with staff, children and parents, all aspects of finance and funding, HR and facilities management.
I am married to Bob and have three grown-up children.

2) If elected what would you do to improve Bingley? Bingley has a new ambitious town council. I was the first chair of Burley Parish Council so I know how it feels to be starting from scratch I would work with the town council and the local district councillors to get the best deal for Bingley
3) What are your thoughts on the cuts to education – if elected how would you oppose this?  The Liberal Democrats oppose the cuts to school budgets and would invest an extra £7bn to protect against rising costs. This would be paid for by not enacting a number of Conservative tax cuts including not cutting the rate of corporation tax.

We would put 1p on income tax as an interim measure to invest £6bn a year in health and social care. In the longer term and as a replacement for the 1p Income Tax rise, we would commission the development of a dedicated health and care tax on the basis of wide
consultation, possibly based on a reform of National Insurance contributions,
4) Bingley Children’s centre has now been effectively closed – it’s a huge loss to this town. How would you have helped prevent its closure? The Government has made massive cuts to local council budgets which have disproportionately affected areas like BMDC at the expense of richer, Conservative voting areas in the south of England. The Liberal Democrats on Bradford Council have made their own budget proposals including cutting the level of allowances paid to the overlarge number of Labour councillors who are eligible for ‘ special responsibility allowances’.

5) What are your views on the proposed incinerator? We should reduce, recycle and reuse materials to cut the amount of waste produced and I don’t think we take this seriously enough. Any incinerator application has to go through a strict regulation process as part of the planning process and would have to operate to strict environmental standards. I support the objectors who are rightly trying to hold the powers that be to account by seeking a judicial review of the process. The alternative to incineration, once waste has been reduced is landfill which is expensive and difficult.
6) What are your views regarding the old B and B site? The quicker it gets built on the better but I do worry that there may be too many food outlets which could result in one closing leaving another vacant site somewhere else in the town.

7) Why should we vote for you?
8) Why should we vote Lib Dem?

This country needs a proper opposition in Parliament to hold the Government to account and to scrutinise what they do. That is essential in a democracy. Labour have shown over the last two years under Jeremy Corbyn that they are simply not up the job. A group of Lib Dem MPs will make it their job to make sure that a majority Conservative administration is not able to steamroller through everything they want.

Foundry Hill Bar and Lounge

Bingley Mums has a new site sponsor – Foundry Hill Bar and Lounge! Somewhere I am ashamed to say that I have never been to until recently. But I thought it might be a nice idea to do a “mystery shopper” style date night with hubby, so I could get a true picture.

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Foundry Hill has recently been taken over to be run as a family business by Emma and Andrew Bremner.  The family including two children Amy & Adam, live on a farm producing high welfare free range eggs – so all eggs served are direct from their other business The Rainbow Egg Company, based in Oxenhope.  Their highly experienced Head Chef, David Hartley, is passionate about preparing all dishes from fresh using good quality, locally sourced ingredients.  Even their burger buns, pasta and focaccia bread are made in their kitchen.  Nothing is bought in except fresh ingredients.

Andrew says, “I am only three weeks into running Foundry Hill and while I am very keen to preserve its already excellent reputation and small, but quality menu I am keen to build on that success.  We plan on bringing back sharing platters to the menu, something for kids and parents to enjoy together.  We are also planning on offering reduced portion options on selected main courses for smaller appetites both young and old.  Because we make all food from scratch though we are more than happy to customize meals where possible according to customer requirements such as serving starters as main children’s meals or splitting portions of mains to share.”

Foundry Hill has been the top rated restaurant in Bingley on Trip Advisor for a few years now.  This is something the new owners are very proud of and something they aspire to keep.  They are one of the few bars in Bingleyto offer an extensive cocktail, mocktail and shooters menu plus their gin selection is growing rapidly, 15 at last count including Masons Yorkshire Tea Gin.  They have 5 guest ales a week plus an extensive range of wine and spirits.  Their Prosecco from House of Townsend has won a few awards and is sold by the glass as well as the bottle (it’s stunning).

We went on a Friday night about 7pm and the bar area was very busy indeed and we had to push our way through to the “lounge” area as we had booked in for a meal. If you decide to eat at Foundry Hill, I really recommend booking as if we hadn’t, I doubt very much that we would have got a table. In the lounge area, there are a couple of sofas and tables – I would have taken photos but it seemed a bit rude to do that when people were eating, so I didn’t.

The bar has a really wide range of truly good drinks, including lots of draft beers and fizz – I tried the pink fizz which was stunning – as good as champagne. My husband had something from the gin menu – they had LOADS of gins available, and posh tonic too. So far so good.

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I was surprised how busy the place was – in the lounge area there was a combination of people eating and people sitting in groups with their drinks, but there was a nice atmosphere. The menu is good with something for everyone, we went for burgers.

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You can choose between french fries and thick cut chips, so we had one of each…

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Now I’m not really a burger sort of person, but I have to say these were delicious, you could really tell that the meat was high quality and that the beef burgers are made by hand in house.

I’m also quite fussy about wine (though not later on in the night) and I thought the wine list was spot on and also good value. We ordered a glass of wine each and I must say it slipped down very easily.

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During the day there are good facilities for children including baby change and high chairs, as well as a children’s menu.

We had a great experience and I have to say the waiting staff were very attentive and couldn’t do enough for us (they didn’t know I was doing a review). The busy-ness of the bar didn’t affect our enjoyment as all our drinks were brought to our table. I really recommend Foundry Hill for date nights, evenings out with friends or with the whole family. A real local gem!

  • Food service Wed-Sat 12noon – 9pm (last orders 8:30pm) Sunday 12noon – 6pm (last orders 5:30pm)
  • Function room available for hire.
  • Come and enjoy 2 burgers and 2 drinks for just £20 every Wednesday
  • Sunday Roast is served 12 – 5:30pm
  • Call 01274 566144 to book a table
  • Contact their Facebook Page for more details.

Foundry Hill have paid to be a site sponsor but all thoughts are my own.

Croft and Sons Home Improvement

Bingley Mums has a new site sponsor! As regular readers know, Bingley Mums was set up to help connect local families to local businesses and generally help to improve Bingley in whatever way we can! However, running a website and paying for hosting etc does come at an occasional cost, which is covered by the generous site sponsors – I am so grateful to them for supporting Bingley Mums.

Anyway, more about our new sponsor. Croft and Sons Home Improvement are a local handyman service able to offer a full range of home and garden maintenance and improvement – from large scale projects to odd jobs, they can do them all!

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Bingley Mum Rachel says – “Croft and Sons do anything that would fall under odd jobs and general home improvement – so from changing light bulbs and leaky taps to larger projects like fitting kitchens & bathrooms. They are insured and have a current DBS check – most of all, they turn up when they say they will!”

Croft and Sons have sent over some examples of work that they’ve recently undertaken.

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Kitchen – BEFORE
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Kitchen – AFTER
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Garden area – BEFORE
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Garden area – AFTER with brand new eye catching patio laid!

Phone – Call Andy on 07951 866069

Email – andrewcroft1@hotmail.com

Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/CroftandSons

Hands on Babies

Bingley Mums would like to welcome a brand new site sponsor – Hands on Babies – who have several classes in the local area.

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If you are looking for a baby massage or yoga class where your baby gets  fluffy white towels each week and you get to meet new friends  with coffee and delicious cake then this is for you!

Hannah, who runs Hands on Babies says, “As a relatively new mum I know how important it is to find a class  that really understands and supports the bonding between the parent
and baby and also provides something for Mum and or Dad too. After the  class I encourage parents to stay for as long as they like, to have a  drink eat some delicious cake and have a chat. The Hands on Babies  Baby Massage and Yoga classes provide the ideal opportunity to meet  new friends and share your own personal experience in a friendly  environment.
The style of Yoga that I teach is based on Hatha yoga – the union of  balance of the body and mind and incorporates massage, soft stretching  and gentle movements to make it appropriate for babies, ensuring a fun  and rewarding experience for both the carer and the baby.”

Hands on Babies is accredited by the Royal Collage of Midwives and Hannah is a
fully certified Hands on Baby Massage and Yoga instructor.  If you are a
parent of twins or more then you will only pay for one baby.

Class Information

Hands on Babies Classes and times

Monday Oak Glen doctors surgery Eldwick
Toddler yoga 11:00am.
Baby massage 1:00pm

Wednesday- East Morton institute
Baby yoga -11.00am

Friday- oak glen doctors surgery Eldwick
Baby yoga -12:30pm

Saturday -East Morton institute
Pay and play new born to 3 years £6 per session
If you would like more information on pricing then please contact Hannah
on 07896053823 or find her on Facebook – Hannah Hands on Babies.

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Bumble Tots

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“Bumble Tots classes will be starting on Thursday 19th January. The first session will be pay on the day and following this, I will be taking bookings for a block of 6 classes. As a Welcome to Bumble Tots however, the first block will be 6 classes for the price of 5. If you would like to come to the first class on the 19th, please message me via the Bumble Tots Facebook page. I’ve had a lot of interest in the classes so please book your place as soon as possible.”

Seedlings Speech and Language Therapy

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ABOUT

Caroline and Nicki are qualified speech and language therapists (members of royal college of SLTs (RCSLT) and HCPC) and each have 16 years of experience. They are highly specialist speech and language therapists within their specialism of pre-school learning difficulties with particular experience with autism.  They have experience working in schools and nurseries with other providers.

Caroline and Nicki said, “Our idea around ‘Seedlings’ is that we would like to be able to provide some more affordable, local therapy  for families around Bradford.

GROUP DETAILS

  • Blocks of 5-6 sessions with some commitment from parents to attend the block.
  • Free first sessions to all the families attending.
  • Caroline and Nicki aim to get to know the child from discussion with parents (and through the group) and any other assessment reports available to be able to quickly provide appropriate therapy and strategies for that child.
  • The group consists of 6 sessions.
  • The sessions are informal and consist of roughly 1/2 hr free play/chat and 1/2 structured sessions.
  • Homework sheets and a ‘what works sheet’ are provided at the end the block.

COSTS

  • £12 per session, or if pay upfront for a block then £10 a session.

WHERE IS IT?

Baildon Methodist Church.

WHEN IS IT?

Every Friday – 1pm.

WHO IS IT FOR?

Caroline and Nicki are focusing on pre-school but could open up to Reception if enough parents were interested to run one out of school hours.

CONTACT
seedlingstherapygroups@gmail.com

Or Telephone 07519609319

 

 

babyballet® in Bingley

We’ve been to many classes and groups over the years, but I have to say that babyballet®  is one of my favourites. Many years ago, we used to attend classes with Miss Brianne at Jimmy Gs in Saltaire, and I love the structure of the classes and how interactive they are. So I was pretty pleased to hear that classes are starting up again in Bingley with Miss Heather, and we attended today. Miss Heather has a strong background in dance and is great with little ones – she gets that they sometimes want to run around, and the setting is ideal for that too!

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The class times are:-

9:15 – 18 months to 3 years. £4.75

10am – 3 years+ £4.75

10:45 – 6 months to 18 months. £4

The classes are 35 minutes long and take place at St Wilfreds Church Hall in Gilstead. There is on road parking.

We went along today and there is plenty to keep little ones occupied including bubbles, teddy bears, instruments, dance moves and great songs.  Unfortunately my little girl spent the session running round like a lunatic so I was unable to get many good photos!

Heather says, “babyballet® is running award winning classes across Bradford North, why not book a trial and come and join in the magic?

With a real focus on learning through play, the unique babyballet® syllabus offers four key stages of ballet and tap classes where every child can build their confidence and social skills, learning manners, discipline and respect while developing their basic ballet technique, coordination, musicality, balance, posture and rhythm.”

Visit their website https://www.babyballet.co.uk/@mobile/Find+a+Class/outlet/bradfordnorth/

To sign up either call or text 07584 084101 or message via facebook here.

Sign up now while places are available!

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Lovely Teddies!

 

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Cute ballet outfits
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Baby girl complete with hand print.

Review – Galo’s Kitchen, Bingley

This blog has always been and always will be, about making Bingley a better place and promoting local businesses and events. I want to be part of making Bingley a great place to live for everyone – including my own family, and doing whatever I can to help others. Bingley has been on the up now, for a few years, and the recent addition of Martinez and soon a Marks and Spencers food, makes me very excited!

But now, we actually have a great restaurant too – to add to the already great cafes and bars – but we’ve never really had somewhere that not only works well for us as a family, but is also great for date nights for hubby and I – a rare thing admittedly these days. Introducing – Galo’s Kitchen! 

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“We are a family friendly Italian restaurant in Bingley. We are a local family run business who specialise in home cooked food.”

Bingley has been crying out for something like this for years – and now we have it! So on Wednesday night we went along with my parents-in-law, to check it out and see what the fuss was about. There is parking outside from 6pm, which was great for us as my father-in-law is disabled, and steps going upstairs from the street, but with plenty of room and a good banister, but just something to keep in mind if you’ve a pushchair or use a wheelchair.

The restaurant was quite empty when we got there at 6pm, but when we left at 8pm was almost full – on a week night in the summer holidays! Not bad going, already word has spread about the quality of the food and service.

We started with a glass of procecco, which was excellent. I like mine to be quite fizzy so I asked for a new bottle to be opened, which was done without question – perfect. We decided to go for the early bird menu, which frankly is amazing value.

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I chose the calamari and the sea bream.

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Calamari from the early bird menu

I was amazed at the portion sizes considering the cost – very generous indeed.

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Sea Bream

There was a kids menu too but unfortunately I didn’t get a photo – I think it was £5.95 which includes main (pizza, lasagne, pasta etc) a drink and a pudding – good value I thought.

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My son’s pizza

My in laws ordered the steak for their main course, I was surprised to see steak on an early bird menu without a supplement, they said it was cooked to perfection.

For pudding, I ordered the Italian version of Creme Brulee – again it was huge! Absolutely amazing taste, I could tell it was home made rather than from a shop, but in a good way if you see what I mean? In fact everything had that fresh cooked, home made quality to it, you could tell that everything was made to order, though service was quick even so. Speaking of service, Zara was very friendly, attentive and great with the kids – just what you need.

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Creme Brulee – amazing

I would highly recommend Galo’s Kitchen for families, couples and next time plan to try the A La Carte menu which includes scallops – I also noticed a lobster pasta on the specials board which sounded delicious.

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Baby girl enjoying her lasagne

I did not receive a free meal or discount for this review, all thoughts are my own.

 

Swim Stars – Hazelbeck Review

Like many parents in Bingley, my two sons have been having lessons with Swim Stars for many many years. To be honest, it’s the one thing I don’t mind spending money on – swimming lessons really are a right of childhood, and there was no way I was going to wait until my children were in year 5.  Having accompanied many year 5 classes myself to swimming lessons as a teacher, I always felt sorry for the children floundering in the water because their parents weren’t able to have them attend lessons from an earlier age (I’m not judging – some people I guess genuinely can’t afford it).

Aside from the embarrassment factor of not being able to swim, swimming is clearly really good for us all for a variety of reasons – health, fitness, that feel good factor as well as simple survival if the need ever arose! Although I learned to swim as a child, I’m still not really a strong swimmer, and I know if my children got into trouble in the water I would probably struggle to rescue them safely. Another good reason for them to learn to swim to a good standard! We chose Swim Stars because of its good reputation locally, and also due to the simple fact that it was our nearest provider. We did try the council run lessons for a while, but I didn’t think that the boys were making any progress due to the large class sizes so we moved – a good decision!

So a little bit of info about Swim Stars…

“The Swim Stars story started in 2000 when we were known as ‘C.A swim school’ we started with just 5 swimmers, and have gone from strength to strength, we now have over 800 pupils across our 3 pools…..and we are still growing!

We pride ourselves on having some of the best teachers in the area, who are devoted to giving all our swimmers personal attention whilst developing excellent relationships with both children and parents.

From the first lessons as a beginner where time is spent encouraging confidence in the water, to mastering the perfect stroke with our more experienced swimmers- we aim to make each lesson as fun and rewarding as possible.

Our lessons are carried out with no more than 6 pupils per lesson. (4 at our Hazelbeck and Cragg Vale pools) with water based instructors at all pools. Private 1:1 lessons are also available as well as adult lessons on request.”

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It’s worth knowing that lessons also take place at Bingley Grammar school if you prefer. The pool at Hazelbeck is a hydro pool which means it is quite a warm pool and atmosphere – great for the swimmers but worth knowing for parents as you’ll need to wear a thin t shirt during the session for sure!

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Hazelbeck Hydro Pool

My boys both started at Swim Stars being unable to swim at all – my second son particularly has made really good progress and even though he’s only 5 (Swim Stars take children from 2.5 years old though), he can swim a length under water unaided and is really water confident. My older son has struggled a bit more (it’s just the way he is!) but under the guidance of Louise, he has really focused down to learning his strokes properly to make him a more effective swimmer. As well as teaching children the correct swimming techniques – children also get to have some free swim and jumping in at the end. Though the lessons themselves are “fun” based – unlike the lessons we as parents perhaps remember as children ourselves! The groups are really small – usually around 4 in each group, so each child gets personal attention from the instructors, and they are taught according to their own ability, rather than the ability of others in the group – although the groups are put together according to age and ability.

The instructors are really “child friendly” though know when to be strict when it’s appropriate – to ensure that the children make progress.  The lessons seem to build on the children’s skills each week so that  children clearly progress through a range of skills and strokes. There are badges and certificates when children achieve certain things which I think is a nice motivation!

My boys both really enjoy their lessons and have really bonded with their instructors – which is really cute to see! They really look forward to their lessons and as a parent I get a real sense of satisfaction from knowing that we’ve provided something for them that is going to last a lifetime.

Swim Stars also run crash courses during the holidays which we’ve attended a few times. With this, children attend each morning for a week – I have to say that the progress during that week is incredible, which just goes to show how important regular swimming is.

Lesson places are now currently available, and if you’re not signed up already, I really urge you to think about it. If you just pay for one thing for your child – this should be it.

Contact Swim Stars on:-

01274 560570

bradford@ukswimstars.com

Or visit their website over at http://www.ukswimstars.com/

Swim Stars are a site sponsor of Bingley Mums, but all thoughts are my own.

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Bingley Town Council Candidates

On the 5th May this year there’s going to be a pretty momentous event in Bingley – we’re going to be given the chance to vote on who represents us on the new Bingley Town Council.

The new town council will cover Bingley, Eldwick, Gilstead, parts of Cottingley, Crossflatts and Micklethwaite. The council will be made up of unpaid councillors, democratically elected by local residents and supported by a professional, paid clerk.  The leader of the council would be called a “Chair” or could be called a “Mayor”. Different areas of Bingley have been split into wards, and you will only be able to vote for the candidates standing in your own ward.

Since there is no information centrally telling us anything about the individual candidates, and what their hopes and plans are for our lovely town, I thought it would be useful to provide some information here on the candidates who contacted me.

Ros Dawson – Priestthorpe Ward (Independent)

Ros was brought up and went to school in Bingley and returned to live here in 2008 with her husband and children. Ros was one of the main campaigners for a Town Council – to give people a voice and a way of achieving progress for our communities.

Ros says, “I want the new town council to consult with residents to draw up a plan of action. Matters you may want the council to tackle include:

– Finding good uses, like housing or workplaces, for derelict sites including the Station Master’s House and the former Technical Institute.

– Having a say about development in our area.

– Creating a proper regeneration and environmental strategy, supporting and making more of our canal, river, parks and greenspaces, our pool, market and the huge variety of community and voluntary organisations which contribute so much.

– More sporting and outdoor activities for everyone.

– Litter

In 2014 I helped to save Bingley’s public toilets from closure. I am also a founding member of both Bingley Walkers are Welcome and The Friends of Bingley Pool.”

Michelle Chapman – Crownest Ward (Believing in a Better Bingley)

Michelle is well known in Bingley for setting up the Bingley Flood Support Group following the Boxing Day 2015 floods and was instrumental in ensuring that people in Bingley were helped and supported in what was a very difficult time for many. Michelle is very involved in volunteering as well as being a mother of 2 and step mother of 3 and having a career in engineering. Michelle takes action and gets results – and was recently invited to Downing Street to receive a Points of Light award as a result of her community efforts.

Sara Hardman – Bingley Central Ward (UKIP)

Sara has lived in Bingley for 10 years and is married with 2 children. She is a qualified accountant with a degree in Law & Economics. Sara currently co-runs a retail business in the town, as well as working part-time at one of the local schools.

If elected, she is committed to:- • consulting voters about their aims and aspirations for the Town, so that together we can build a better community, • establishing a farmer’s market in our Market Square; • working with the community policing team to have more visible policing on our streets  • consulting with the Planning Department to ensure the right balance of shops, bars and takeaways in our town, • seeking funding to continue community events such as Bingley Bonfire and Bingley Music Live.

Edwina Simpson – Priestthorpe Ward (Independent)

Edwina moved to Bingley in 2010, attracted by the appealing outdoor environment but also by a town that she felt had great character and potential.

Edwina wants to help the new council to:

  • seek residents’ views so that we can work strategically to develop the town and villages that we want to see
  • safeguard and get the most from all the excellent assets and amenities in our area, such as the canal, the swimming pool and the various green spaces
  • identify sources of funding to ensure an environmentally and economically sustainable future for Bingley
  • harness the enthusiasm and generosity of all the community groups and individuals that help to bring life to the town – and give Bingley a voice

“My professional background is in arts management, and over the years I have worked as a volunteer in areas such as adult literacy, care work and nature conservation. Now that I work from home the town means even more to me.”

Tom Storer – Crownest Ward (Independent)

“I understand that classes at Trinity 5-Rise have been either cancelled or vastly reduced, in favour of other locations. I know from my own experience that travelling even slightly further afield with a young child seems to require a full-scale military operation of planning and packing before you’re able to step outside of the front door… then add to that the additional costs of travel.

Unfortunately, funding (or the lack of) will always be at the core of any reduction in community services. Having reviewed the budget afforded to Bingley Town Council, my focus will be safeguarding the remaining community services and supporting the existing mother and baby/toddler groups. My daughter attends the First Steps Parent & Toddler sessions on Tuesday mornings, which have recently been cancelled or relocated following the floods, so I do appreciate the value of these groups.”

Chris O Neil – Eldwick Ward (Independent)

Chris has lived in Eldwick for 5 years. He is an active member of the Eldwick & Gilstead Gala Committee and a Trustee of The Eldwick Church. Chris is standing as an Independent candidate for Eldwick in the Bingley Town Council election.  He has no political persuasions one way or another.

“My interest is to get the best possible deal for Eldwick, and Bingley in general. My priorities are reducing vehicle speed in Eldwick, stopping fly tipping and dog fouling and acting on increasing crime. I would encourage the electorate to vote for independent candidates, such as myself, in this most local of local election, rather than steer towards traditional national parties.”

Christopher Dickerson – Priestthorpe Ward (Independent)

If elected, Christopher’s main proposal is to ensure that the Council fund improved play areas for the youngsters of the town. Christopher is a parent and grandparent and he has always had a concern about the lack of play areas for all ages, but especially those of secondary school age. How many times have we seen them hanging around the shopping area, with nothing to do?

Maureen Carney – Bingley Central (Independent)

Maureen stands as independent candidate for Bingley Central/Myrtle Park. She was born and bred here and has worked in many shops and businesses. She is a member of Bingley Community Council and a committee member for Bingley WI, Bingley Walkers are Welcome and Friends of Bingley Pool.

“I believe Bingley deserves better and should have a community council which puts the wants and needs of Bingley residents, businesses and communities first.”

Key Priorities:

•    Continue regeneration, particularly the market and shops. Organise local events that benefit the town and residents.
•    Push forward positive ideas for derelict buildings/areas e.g. the Stationmaster’s House.
•    Tackle problems with litter/anti-social behaviour in the town and parks.
•    Continue fighting to keep vital local resources e.g. pool, library and public toilets.

Martin Chalk – Eldwick Ward (Independent)

Martin is originally from Bingley now living in Eldwick and is bringing up his family in the place he is passionate about. He aims to  work hard for Bingley without any political agenda in mind,

Martin’s priorities to address are: crime, anti-social behaviour, litter, dog poo, parking, the future of Bingley baths, cattle auction market and the B&B site, public transport, community projects, public spaces (parks etc), road safety just to name a few. Martin is also in favour of keeping Eldwick Church as it is rather than knocking it down.

“I will be out spreading the word before voting day. My main aim is to make everyone aware that there is a Bingley Town Council coming and everyone can make a difference. If I happen to pick up a few votes (and twitter followers!) on the way I won’t let people down.”

 

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