Press release: Shipley Town Council Campaign seeks formal review by Bradford Council

As the Campaign for a Shipley Town Council (CSTC) approaches 40% of the signatures needed to ask Bradford Council (BMDC) to formally consider a Town Council, we are working to bring the process forward – saving public money and giving Shipley a voice more quickly.

From our launch in May 2018, public engagement through leaflets, open meetings and social media have built strong awareness and support. A Summer Solstice event with music and a local quiz brought an evening of fun with local musicians Eddie Lawler and Nick Hall writing songs for the event. It is rare to come across anyone in Shipley who hasn’t heard about the campaign.
Public feedback has been very positive and highlighted a number of emotive local issues including demolition of the Branch Pub and the Oddfellows Hall; the potential crematorium site in Northcliffe Park; renewed plans for a Shipley bypass; and closure of public assets such as toilets and the Visitor Information Centre in Saltaire World Heritage site

As we enter phase 2 of our campaign, we are launching fresh publicity and will be distributing petition leaflets to sign. We would like to say a big thank you to all of the collection points where voters can return the petition: The Triangle (Bradford Road), Tambourine (Gordon Terrace), Rad Studio(Victoria Road), Q20 (Dockfield Road), Kirkgate Centre (Kirkgate).

Some other district councils allow similar campaigns to submit an electronic petition.  Bradford Council accept electronic petitions for other topics, but not as a trigger for a Town Council governance review. We will be engaging with BMDC to ask them to justify this position and to push for an electronic petition to be accepted.
Following advice received from the Minister for Local Government, we will also ask Bradford Council to use their discretionary powers to trigger a Governance Review ahead of the formal petition. This would potentially save the Council money and allow CSTC to focus on providing education about the powers and benefits of a Town Council.
“The response to our campaign has been strong and enthusiastic, allowing us to build real momentum. Our challenge now is to turn this into action and we will be working with BMDC to drive a formal local consultation” says Rob Martin (Chair, CSTC). “Town councils are a tried and tested success in the Bradford area with 19 already established and representing local areas. Shipley needs a voice!”
Notes for Editors:
For further information, please contact Rob Martin (Chair, CSTC) 01274 593 585
A full progress report detailing the campaign history and progress is available on our website
Photographs are available on request.
The following songs were written for the campaign:

Shape Up Shipley by Eddie Lawler The Bard of Saltaire.

Are we proud of Shipley yes we are (x2)

It’s got parks and shops and steeples

And lots of lovely people

Are we proud of Shipley yes we are.

This is Our Town by Nick Hall who was born in Shipley Hospital.  The chorus is a call to action:

The time has come to hear our voice

To give us power, to give us choice,

Now the time has come to turn this around.

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