Community Engagement Committee

The agenda is now published for the next ordinary meeting of the Shipley Town Council Community Engagement Committee, to be held on Thursday 27 January 2022 at 7.00pm in the York Room, Victoria Hall, Victoria Road, Saltaire, Shipley, BD18 3JS. Members of the press and public are welcome to attend the meeting. Members of the public can also address the committee during the Public Participation period at the start of the meeting.

The venue for this meeting will now be Victoria Hall, not Shipley Town Hall, to allow for additional social distancing.

Extraordinary Full (Budget) Council Meeting

The agenda is now published for an extraordinary meeting of the full Shipley Town Council, to be held on Thursday 20 January 2022 at 7.00pm in the York Room, Victoria Hall, Victoria Road, Saltaire, Shipley, BD18 3JS. This meeting will include consideration of the Town Council’s budget and precept (local element of Council Tax) requirement for the financial year 2022/23. Members of the press and public are welcome to attend the meeting. Members of the public can also address the committee during the Public Participation period at the start of the meeting.

This meeting replaces the meeting of the Town Council postponed from Tuesday 21 December 2021. The venue will now be Victoria Hall, not Shipley Town Hall, to allow for additional social distancing.

News Release: Closure of Wilko in Shipley


On 11 January 2022, Shipley Town Council’s Planning & Regeneration Committee discussed the announced closure of the Shipley branch of Wilko (Wilkinson’s), which has been situated at number 23-25 Kirkgate for over three decades. The shop, which stocks hardware, stationery and decorative goods, is located in a prominent position, opposite the Market Square and beneath the town’s iconic clock tower. The closure of Shipley’s branch was one of several announced by the BBC on 10 January 2022.

Shipley Town Council has written to the Head Office of Wilko and also to Bradford Council, seeking to understand the reason for the proposed closure and anything that can be done to save the shop, which is a much-valued facility in the town. The Town Council deeply regrets the loss of the business and the impact it will have on staff, customers and the town centre in general. The Town Council welcomes any comments members of the public might wish to make on this matter, which can be sent to the Town Clerk (

Statutory Consultation on Bingley Grammar School

Statutory Consultation on Bingley Grammar School – Establishing a Resourced Provision and increasing the overall mainstream net capacity of the school

City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council is publishing a statutory proposal relating to Bingley Grammar School. This will be published in the Telegraph and Argus newspaper, today 13 January 2022 and full details of the proposal can be found on Bradford Council’s website.

The Notice sets out the procedure for making comments in support of and objections against the proposal.

The Notice relating to the school will also be posted at all the school entrances, on notice boards and in any other conspicuous place at the school where it is likely to be seen by parents and others who may have an interest. The Notice will remain on display from Thursday 13 January 2022 to 10 February 2022 inclusive.  

Please see further details below from Bradford Council’s Intelligence and Sufficiency Service 

Why are we making changes?

The Local Authority has a statutory duty to constantly review the specialist provision available for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), whilst also ensuring that there are sufficient specialist places available to meet the needs of the growing SEND population.

Bradford District continues to experience a significant increase in demand for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) provision. Evidence shows there continues to be an increased demand for specialist places across all sectors.

Additionally, under section 14 of the Education Act 1996, Local Authorities have a statutory duty to ensure that there are sufficient schools for primary and secondary education in their areas.

Over recent years there has been a significant increase in the number of children entering the secondary phase in year 7. To support the Local Authority in meeting its statutory duty, Bingley Grammar School admitted up to an additional 30 pupils into year 7 in September 2019, 2020, and 2021, despite having difficulties in accommodating a third increased intake.

Additional built capacity to accommodate an extra form of entry would enable Bingley Grammar School to admit bulge classes until the increased demand has diminished.

If the numbers of younger children increase and the additional places are required for longer than currently forecast, new permanent, built accommodation will be the most suitable to meet the needs of those pupils.

We are now seeking the views of all stakeholders and interested parties on the development of further additional specialist places to be delivered within the Bradford District.

The Proposal is as follows:

1.    Establish a new Specialist Resourced Provision for up to 24 children and young people with Communication and Interaction needs including Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

2.    Undertake construction works at Bingley Grammar School to enlarge the school premises, increasing the overall mainstream net capacity by 150 places.

Your views are important to us, please take a few minutes to answer our short questionnaire by following the link below:

Bingley Grammar School

If you do not have access to the internet or you would prefer a paper copy of the questionnaire or any of the documents, please email your request to:

Consultation documents

If you would like further information about the proposals, please refer to the following documents:

  • The Strategic Plan 2021- Sufficiency of Specialist Places for Children and Young People in Bradford
  • Statutory proposal for prescribed alteration document
  • Consultation document
  • Map showing Shipley Schools and Resourced Provisions 
  • Full list of Consultees
  • Consultation Questionnaire
  • Equality Impact assessment
  • SEN Improvement Test
  • SEN Evidence of Need

All of the above documents can be found online by visiting the following websites: – Bradford SEND Local Offer      

Consultation Meetings

·         Due to Covid restrictions face to face public meetings cannot be held, however three virtual sessions are available as detailed below:

Tuesday 18th January 10:00am – 11:00am

Thursday 27th January 1:00pm -2:00pm

Wednesday 2nd February 6:00pm – 7:00pm

·         Should you wish to attend one of these meetings please send an e-mail to to request the link to your preferred date.

The consultation closes on Thursday, 10th February 2022.  All responses must be received by this date. 

Spring 2022 from Arthritis Action

Spring 2022 from Arthritis Action

Join Arthritis Action Group to meet other people living with arthritis and share tips and experiences. Groups are friendly and they actively welcome new attendees. They discuss a variety of self-management techniques. Participants will need to contact Arthritis Action directly for the log in instructions for the meeting, and they have produced ‘How To’ guides for those not familiar with using Zoom.

Fri 14th Jan
Online Coffee Morning
Mon 17th Jan
Evening Online Group
Tues 18th Jan
Online Afternoon Group
Wed 26th Jan

Online Afternoon Group
For more dates and to join see the Arthritis Action website.

Planning & Regeneration Committee

The agenda is now published for the next ordinary meeting of the Shipley Town Council Planning & Regeneration Committee, to be held on Tuesday 11 January 2022, at 7.00pm, in the York Room, Victoria Hall, Victoria Road, Saltaire, Shipley, BD18 3JS.

Please note the change of venue from that previously advertised. The meeting will be held in Victoria Hall, not Shipley Town Hall.

Members of the press and public are welcome to attend the meeting. Members of the public can also address the committee during the Public Participation period at the start of the meeting.

Urgent call for qualified teachers

Notice from the Department for Education of the UK Government

Be part of the national effort to support face-to-face education in schools and colleges
Department for Education logo

Are you a qualified teacher not currently working in the sector? We are asking for your help to support your teaching colleagues and the nation’s children and young people through this difficult time.

Covid continues to impact schools and colleges in England. We want to make sure that as many supply staff as possible are available.

Who can help?

We’re inviting qualified ex-teachers from primary, secondary and further education to step in and help teach children and young people in school and college on a temporary basis. You may be retired, taking time off to care for children or others, or currently working in a different area, but you may be able to spare some time to help.

What’s required?

Your time will be invaluable, whatever you can spare – whether it is one day a week or five. You will be helping protect children and young people’s education.

Please register with a supply teaching agency now

This will enable an agency to be ready to use you as soon as possible.

You can use any supply teaching agency you choose. You might, for example, have worked through an agency before or know which agencies local schools use.

You can also find a supply teaching agency from the list below. These supply agencies are part of the government framework and offer schools value for money.

Please contact agencies directly. They will help you with what you need, for example updating your DBS.

Got questions? Find out more about supply teaching.

Find an agency in England

Careers In Green Energy

The National Careers Service is promoting jobs in green energy as a rapidly expanding sector for a range of roles.

Careers in Green Energy Workshop Running via Zoom
26 January 2022 at 10.30am

For adults living in Yorkshire & the Humber

Are you currently looking for training or work opportunities to start a new career in the Green
Energy sector? Whether you already have experience or looking to explore, this is a great time to look at a wide range of opportunities in the industry.

Join our workshop to find out about:
• The sector and the type of jobs within it
• Identify the skills required to work in the Green

Energy sector
• Understand the training and qualifications available and how to apply
• Understand the importance of tailoring a CV to the sector
• Feel more confident at promoting your own skills and experiences to potential employers
• Gain an understanding of the job opportunities in the local area
• Understand the salaries likely to be paid in Green Energy jobs

0191 731 4750
Book Online

Access to a WIFI enabled device is required to login to the workshop

Zoom joining details with link will be emailed in advance

Want to work for the NHS?

Want to work for the NHS?

The Bradford area branch of the National Careers Service is delighted to be working in partnership with three West Yorkshire NHS trusts to support a Virtual Recruitment Jobs Fair on the 13 January, with opportunities to hear from the front line about roles and make contact with recruiting managers.

NHS Application Zoom Workshops are also running to support those wanting to apply for roles. These will be held on 14 and 19 January.

Cold weather alert issued by UKHSA

Yesterday (3 January), the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) issued a new cold weather alert for northern regions from midnight on 4 January to midday on 6 January.

The Met Office is warning that the north-east of England, north-west of England and Yorkshire and the Humber regions will experience cold weather.

With cold weather forecast across parts of the country over the coming days, the UKHSA is encouraging people to stay warm and look out for those most at risk from the effects of cold weather.

The UKHSA has supplemented the Cold Weather Plan for England with useful resources and advice on the concurrent risks of cold weather and COVID-19 and Keep Warm Keep Well guidance.

For people struggling to afford heating bills, Simple Energy Advice provides free advice on energy efficiency and national grants that are available to help keep people warm this winter.

Further information can be obtained by following the links below.



Cold weather plan:

More information:


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