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 DECEMBER 2022

Welcome to our December 2022 email newsletter...
 
Hello <<First Name>>,
Baildon is getting ready for Christmas!

It is more important than ever that you try and support Baildon shops, pubs, bars and restaurants wherever you can - we all know that the festive period provides vital income to cover the quiet times in the New Year.  
 
Our December newsletter highlights:-
  • Sunday December 4th for Baildon at Christmas, with our own Christmas Lights switch-on at 5.15pm  around the Christmas Tree in the stocks area, with festive music for all to enjoy..  (see below for details…) As well as our marvellous Baildon shops there will be a wide range of stalls in various locations with fabulous gifts to buy.
  •  A wide range of events taking place at Brackenhall Countryside Centre in December.
In addition you will find in the newsletter updates on a range of local issues, including:-  
  • Refurbishment of Jenny Lane Play area by Bradford Council – with a planned consultation to come – please get involved
  • Baildon and Bradford City of Culture – discussion at Council meeting on 5th December – all welcome
  • Redevelopment of Ian Clough Hall site, including proposed demolition,  and fire drill taking place in the empty hall on Saturday 3rd December
  • Baildon Reservoir site – next steps
  • Baildon Train services restored by Northern to half hourly frequency – thanks to very active campaigning by FOBS ( Friends of Baildon Station)
Christmas is the season of goodwill, and we hope that whatever your circumstances, Baildon is a kind place to be, as we all do our very best to look after each other.
 
It’s a bit early – but Merry Christmas to all!
 
All best wishes

Councillor Gill Dixon
Chair of Council

PS Our next newsletter will we  think go out for February 1st – if you have any items to include please send them to enquiries@baildontowncouncil.gov.uk no later than 20th January.

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NEWS AND EVENTS DECEMBER 2022
CHRISTMAS LIGHT SWITCH-ON
SUNDAY 4TH DECEMBER 5.15PM

 
You are invited to join in the festivities when we gather to switch-on the Christmas lights in the village centre at 5.15pm on Sunday 4th December.

The event takes place at the end of the ‘Baildon at Christmas’ day so please make your way to The Stocks area when you have finished your shopping. There will be live music from All Together Now choir and City of Bradford Brass as we build up to the big countdown to switching on the lights.

You have probably noticed that the tree is already up, looking fabulous, but waiting for its lights.  Come along and see it in all its splendour when it is fully lit up!

For further information about the day, take a look at the Baildon at Christmas 2022 programme.

Cllr  Gill Jennison, Chair of Economy Committee

NEWS FROM BRACKENHALL COUNTYSIDE CENTRE

Bracken Hall Countryside Centre is now so much easier to find with our new direction roundels leading from our three new “So Much More to Explore” info panels. The panels are located opposite Roberts Park/near the Tramway, by the river footbridge from Hirst Lock, and at the Old Glen House end of Shipley Glen. The panels will help you explore and find more things to see and do locally.

As we hurtle towards the end of the year, there’s all sorts going on at the Centre, with in-house events, plus HALE activities and a warm welcome back to Sponge Tree. Our December events list is below, but remember we’re also open every Saturday and Sunday (except Xmas Day), 12-4pm.

  • Baildon Men’s Shed: Thursdays, 10am-midday, woodwork, good company, warm welcome. For more info contact James of HALE on 07946 155 347. (NB no Shed on 29th Dec).
  • Sponge Tree Winter Solstice event, Wednesday 21st Dec, 1-3pm. £15/family of four. Prebooked families only! (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/celebrate-the-winter-solstice-tickets-471074515557 or spongetree@live.com or Paula 07914 389 726)(SOLD OUT!).
  • Surprise Activity Group Festive Special: Thursday 22nd, 1-3pm. Who knows what we’ll be doing but there’ll be a warm welcome for all.
  • Seasonal crafting with added mince pies, Saturday 24th, 12-4pm. Ho-Ho-Ho!
  • Self-guided Dog Walk Quiz Trail: 24th December to 1st January. For those who missed this in October, here’s a slightly revised version of our 1 mile woodland stroll. Pick up quiz sheet from the new entrance to BHCC.
  • Christmas Day Stroll & Xmas Tea: 25th December, 3-5pm. Meet HALE/BHCC staff at the canal, adjacent to the Boat House Inn/Victoria Road, Saltaire. Walk to Bracken Hall for mince pie, hot drink, sandwiches. Return walk by torchlight!

More details for all events on BHCC page of BTC website (https://www.baildontowncouncil.gov.uk/bracken-hall-countryside-centre.html) or contact the Manager on 07938 063 062 or brackenhallmanager@baildontowncouncil.gov.uk.

JENNY LANE PLAYGROUND
REFURBISHMENT NEWS

BTC is pleased to announce that in partnership with Bradford Council, the Jenny Lane Playground will be getting a major refurbishment next year. Bradford Council officers and BTC are keen to consult with local parents and children about what they would like for the new playspace and  intend on hearing from local playgroups, parents and toddlers and local primary schools. If there are any other groups or individuals interested in voicing their views then please contact Councillor Paul Sharkey, via admin@baildontowncouncil.gov.uk.


Cllr Paul Sharkey, Chair of Environment Committee

BAILDON NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN
CALL FOR SITES

Baildon Town Council is currently in the process of preparing a neighbourhood plan for the area. One issue being considered as part of the neighbourhood plan is the allocation of sites for future housing. As part of this the Town Council is conducting a "call for sites" exercise. Residents, landowners/developers and other interested parties are being invited through the call for sites exercise to put forward sites they consider suitable for housing development.
 
If you wish to respond to this consultation please set out in writing why you think a site should be considered attaching a map/plan showing the site. The call for sites consultation runs until FRIDAY 13th January. Responses should be sent to enquiries@baildontowncouncil.gov.uk.
 
Please note there is no need to re-submit sites submitted as part of the 2021 City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council call for sites conducted as part of the new Local Plan preparations. The Town Council is already aware of these sites (for further information go to https://www.bradford.gov.uk/planning-and-building-control/planning-policy/evidence-base/?Folder=Call+for+Sites).

IMPORTANT - The submission of a call for sites option does not mean that that it will automatically become a draft site allocation. Submitted call for sites information will be evaluated and if necessary further technical work undertaken to consider whether sites are appropriate for allocation. Submitted CFS are also afforded no specific additional weighting as a material consideration in the determination planning applications however this may change if  sites are included in the final Neighbourhood Plan once it is fully approved.

BAILDON AND BRADFORD CITY OF CULTURE 2025

Dan Bates, Executive Director for City of Culture, will attend Baildon Town Council meeting on Monday 5th December at 7pm at the Upper Room in St Johns Church   to update council on the forward plan and timescales for Bradford City of Culture 2025, and consider how Baildon might contribute and be included within the district’s programme.

All Council meetings are open to the public, so please come along if you would like to hear what Dan has to say. Ideally, if you plan to attend, please email clerk@baildontowncouncil.gov.uk, so that we can make practical arrangements.

IAN CLOUGH HALL
SITE REDEVELOPMENT 

As reported in a previous newsletter, Bradford have submitted a planning application for the demolition of the existing Ian Clough Hall building. A decision on this application is expected before Christmas.
 
Baildon Town Council’s Planning Committee considered this application as a statutory consultee on 23rd November, and provided the following comment to Bradford:
 
https://www.baildontowncouncil.gov.uk/uploads/demolition-of-ian-clough-hall-comments-for-consideration-nov-2022.pdf
 
The aim of our comments is to seek careful management of this process so as to minimise disruption to the village centre. If a date is set by Bradford for the demolition, we will let you know as soon as we know, via our website and facebook page.
 
Meanwhile we have been informed that ICH will used by the West Yorkshire Fire Brigade on Saturday 3rd December at 10.30am  for some real world training prior to its demolition.
 
It is possible that smoke will be seen coming from the building as the training will be as realistic as possible. There is no cause for alarm as three fire engines will be in attendance as part of the training exercise.
  
Cllr Sue Hewitson, Chair of Planning
 
BAILDON RESERVOIR SITE UPDATE 
Bradford Council report that they have  engaged the services of Leeds City Councils Geotechnical Services team to  carry out site investigations at the above location. Their contractors are Ian Farmer Associates. It is intended that works will start w/c 21st November 2022.  This will include the digging of trial holes and drilling works and it is anticipated that they will take a minimum of two weeks. Please share this information widely within Baildon so residents know not to be concerned when they see this activity underway.
 
Bradford  are still working on the relocation of the shipping containers.
 
You may have noticed that external to the site  a track has recently been cut by the Bradford Council’s Countryside Team through the bracken to allow monitoring of the water discharge. The gates have also been repaired to ensure the continued security of the site.
 
We hope that in the coming weeks there will be discussion between Bradford Council and Baildon Town Council to review what has emerged as a result of these investigations. At that point it may be possible to begin to plan a local consultation on the site. Please look out for more information in the New Year.
 
Over the years, residents of Baildon have been vigilant and have provided much needed evidence for last year’s successful court case.  

If you have any questions or comments, please make them either to Bradford of Baildon Councils (or both!) as you see fit.

Thank you.

Cllr Gill Dixon
MOVING ON ACCOMMODATION
FOR UKRANIAN FAMILIES

Many of the Ukrainian families have been living with hosts in Baildon have now been here for more than 6 months. There are estimated to be 23 families in Shipley and Baildon. Government funding to hosts is only committed for 12 months maximum: what happens next is of great concern to the refugees and to their hosts.  As time goes by, many of the Ukrainians would like to be able to move into independent accommodation. There is very little social housing available in Bradford for the Ukrainians to move-on into and the waiting lists are very lengthy.  Some of the Ukrainian families have now been able to find paid work and others would be eligible for financial assistance with rental costs.
 
If you own a property that is standing empty in Baildon, furnished or unfurnished, and if you might consider allowing it to accommodate a Ukrainian family (especially as some have children who have settled in local schools), then please email to laypastor@baildonmethodists.org or to Baildon Town Council at enquiries@baildontowncouncil.gov.uk. We would contact you and, if you agree, link you up to specialist officers of Bradford Council Housing Advice Service or Horton Housing so you can find out more about what would be involved.
 
SKYLARK GRANT APPLICATIONS

Baildon Town Council is supportive of the work of community or voluntary groups operating within the Town. The Council offer community grants of, generally, up to £500 to such groups on an ongoing basis.

WHO CAN APPLY FOR A GRANT?

Grants are available to any community or voluntary group based in Baildon, or operating a substantial part of their activities in Baildon.

You must be able to demonstrate that any grant given will be of benefit to the people living within the Town.

Applications are only accepted from recognised, bona-fide, non-profit making organisations or groups who are properly constituted and can provide their constitution document.

Grants cannot be made available to individuals, nor can they be made available to business or profit-making organisations.

WHEN ARE GRANTS AVAILABLE/WHEN CAN I APPLY?

Community grants are agreed at Community Committee meetings the next of which takes place on 7th February 2023.

WHAT CAN THE MONEY BE USED FOR?

Your organisation can apply for a grant towards any appropriate project, event or the purchase of equipment that will benefit people living in Baildon.

The Council will not consider any grant towards day-to-day running costs such as rents, electricity, telephone charges etc. or towards any staff salaries or wages.

Grants can be awarded as a contribution towards a larger project, although the Council will wish to see evidence that you have access to the balance of the required money before funds are made available.

HOW DO I APPLY?

A link to a document containing these notes and an application form is shown above. The form can be printed and returned by post or completed electronically. You can also request a paper copy to be sent to you by contacting the Clerk at enquiries@baildontowncouncil.gov.uk or on 01274 593169 and return it in the post. 

BAILDON TRAIN SERVICES RESTORED!
Friends of Baildon Station (FOBS) are delighted to report that Northern are restoring the frequency of service from Baildon Station, early in December. This will be a huge relief particularly for all those school children who rely on the service to get to and from school. We understand Guiseley School has been particularly affected and FOBS is reaching out to the Guiseley Rail Users’ Forum to start to work together.
 
It is only a three-minute train journey from Baildon station to Shipley which is easily the quickest way to do this short journey. But an hourly service, combined with poor connections to other services at Shipley, has meant it is very difficult to keep using the trains.
 
FOBS hope that this is the beginning of a steady growth in rail travel from our station again – and will do their best to work with Northern to keep improving the rail experience.
 
NEWS FROM BAILDON WALKERS ARE WELCOME
NEW BOOKLET OUT NOW JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS 
 
Baildon Walkers are Welcome have published a new walking booklet just in time for Christmas.

Available at the bargain price of £3 per copy they are an ideal stocking filler for the walkers in  your family!

They will be available for sale at the AGM on 30th November (7.30pm - 9.30pm at Wesleys Community Hub, Baildon Methodist Church) and at Baildon at Christmas at Wesleys (Baildon Methodist Church, 11.30-15.30) where Baildon Walkers are Welcome will have a stall.
 
Baildon Walkers are Welcome are offering a special pre-Christmas 2 for 1 of the new book plus last year’s sister publication of walks from Bracken Hall and Shirley Glen for just  £5.
 
NEWS FROM BAILDON LIBRARY 
Christmas Opening Hours
Baildon library will be closed from 1pm Saturday 24 December 2022 until 9.30am Tuesday 3 January 2023.
 
Christmas Craft Packs for Kids
Baildon Library is giving out Christmas Craft Packs for primary-school aged children throughout December (starting Thursday 1 December). 4-11 year olds can collect their pack from the library when checking out books using their Bradford Libraries card.
 
If you’re not a member and would like to join, it’s FREE and very easy, click here to find out how: https://www.bradford.gov.uk/libraries/library-services-online/join-the-library/.
 
Under 5s Storytimes
Under 5s Storytimes will be starting again in January 2023 led by our fantastic volunteers, Jill and Jane.  Due to the limited size of our temporary location, storytimes will be held in a different venues in the local community.  There will be a limit on numbers so we will be asking people who’d like to come along to register.

The details about the sessions have not been confirmed as yet, but follow us on Facebook or Twitter and we will post information here as soon as the venues have been confirmed.
WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE TOWN COUNCIL?

Find out more about how the Town Council is run, how money is raised, and who your councillors are at the website. You can also view and download all public documents like agendas and minutes of meetings here.
YOUR COUNCILLORS

You'll find contact details for all your councillors below. Click on the name of any councillor to read more about them on our website.
JENNY LANE AND LADDERBANKS
(EAST WARD)


Gill Dixon

Email Gill or 
call 07787 555737

Gill Jennison
Email Gill 



VILLAGE CENTRE AND WEST LANE
(NORTH WARD)


Paul Sharkey 

Email Paul or call 07738 386993

William Wyatt-Millington
Email William or call 07974 916056 


CHARLESTOWN AND TONG PARK
(SOUTH EAST WARD)


Sue Hewitson
Email Sue or call 07775 830473 


 
WEST LANE AND THE GLEN
(WEST WARD)


Anne-Marie Dooley

Email Anne-Marie 


Dave Reed
Email Dave or call 07738 858297


BAILDON ROAD AND BAILDON GREEN
(SOUTH WARD)
 

Joe Ashton

Email Joe or call 07989 692677


Ann Foster
Email Ann 


BAILDON RIVERSIDE
(SOUTH WEST WARD)


Leon Oakley 

Email Leon

Joe Kean
Email Joe
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