Enterprise Coaching

Enterprise Coaching is available from Inspired Neighbourhoods to any budding entrepreneurs with an address in the Bradford Metropolitan District, including Shipley, or to existing businesses.

The coaching can help with:

  • feasibility and starting up
  • business plans
  • finance – information on grants and loan investment
  • employing people

To book an appointment, please telephone 01274 665598.

NEWS RELEASE: Shipley Climate Emergency Grants Fund Opens

Shipley Town Council has declared a climate emergency. The climate is changing with serious consequences. To slow this down and reduce the danger, greenhouse gas emissions, including carbon dioxide, must be reduced as a matter of great urgency. We must also adapt to the changing climate.

Following the full allocation of the Town Council’s Community Wellbeing Fund for 2020/21, Shipley Town Council is pleased to announce an additional £4,000 of funding to be made available immediately. The £4,000 will provide small grants for initiatives which contribute to wellbeing by addressing the climate emergency.

Often small initiatives, if successful, can lead to the big changes needed. The Town Council expects to award up to eight grants of £500 each but requests for larger grants will be considered for exceptional proposals. The grants are intended to support responses from the local community.

Examples of the sorts of initiatives the Town Council wishes to encourage include but are not limited to:

Energy conservation measures
Sustainable procurement
Renewable energy generation

Food & Green Space:
Re-wilding and naturalisation
Sustainable food production
Tree planting

Cleaner fuels
Measures to reduce reliance on cars

Re-use, recycling and recovery
Waste reduction

Flood risk adaptations
Sustainable urban drainage
Water conservation

Advice and information:
Improving public understanding of climate science
Offering technical support
Research and development

Councillor Darren Parkinson (pictured), Chair of the Town Council’s Climate Emergency and Environment Committee, said:

“Shipley Town Council has made taking action on climate change a priority. This small grants scheme supports grassroots action on climate change by empowering the Shipley community to ‘think global, act local’. The fund aims to support local groups who want to play their part in tackling the climate crisis.”

Application forms and guidance notes can be obtained from (and returned to) the Town Council’s office by e-mail to shipleytownclerk@gmail.com. Paper copies can be made available on request. Applicants wishing to discuss the fund should call 07517 742566 during office hours.

Management Committee

The agenda is now published for the next ordinary meeting of the Shipley Town Council Management Committee, to be held on Wednesday 24 February 2021 at 7.00pm. Members of the press and public are welcome to observe/listen to the meeting via video or telephone link. Members of the public can also address the committee during the Public Participation period at the start of the meeting.

Vacancies for Public Governors at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

BRADFORD Teaching Hospitals is seeking public governors to sit on the Foundation Trust’s Council.

This is an exciting opportunity to represent the interests of our service users, our local communities and our Foundation Trust members.

We are seeking to fill three seats in the public constituencies of Bradford West, Bradford South and Shipley.

As a governor you will be able to:

  • ensure there is robust challenge about the strategic direction of the Trust, our vision and how we are performing
  • share with the Board and Council of Governors the views of the local people you represent: actively seeking out what they think about the services provided by Bradford Teaching Hospitals
  • take part in meetings of the Council of Governors, its committees, governor training days and Joint Council of Governors/Board of Directors sessions to represent the views from your constituencies as you carry out the statutory duties of a governor.

Laura Parsons, Associate Director of Corporate Governance/Board Secretary, said: “The Council of Governors has an important role in making our Foundation Trust publicly accountable for the services it provides.

“It is important that people stand as governors so that we have the voices of our local communities influencing the important decisions that we make.

“We actively encourage people to take part in aspects of hospital life and this is one more way that people can get involved.”

The council is made up of staff, appointed governors from partner organisations and 13 elected members from our public and patient constituencies. Candidates must be a Foundation Trust member, aged 16 or over and live in the area they want to represent.

Virtual session

To find out more about the role you can join an informal virtual session with Chairman, Dr Maxwell Mclean, and two of our governors on Tuesday, 9 March from 4.15pm to 5.15pm. To book, email: membership@btft.nhs.uk or phone 01274 364794

You can also contact Head of Corporate Governance, Jacqui Maurice, for an informal chat on: 01274 382685 or email: corporate.governance@bthft.nhs.uk

The election process is being run by Civica Election Services. More information and nomination forms are available online at: www.cesvotes.com/BradfordTeaching2021 or via telephone to: 0208 889 9203 or by email: ftnominationenquiries@cesvotes.com or by text: Text 2FT BT and your name and address to 88802 or by post: Civica Election Services, The Election Centre, 33 Clarendon Rd, Wood Green, London N8 0NW.

All nominations should be received by the Returning Officer, Ciara Hutchinson, at the address or website as detailed above, by 5pm on Monday, 15 March 2021.

Voting papers will be distributed to members, within the relevant constituencies, on Thursday, 8 April 2021. The deadline for return of completed voting papers is Tuesday 4 May 2021.

Census 2021 on BMTV Let’s Talk LIVE 8:00PM tonight

Salima Awad, Census Community Adviser for Bradford discusses #Census2021 on her show Let’s Talk LIVE tonight so please tune in.

British Muslim TV – Monday 15 February 8:00PM
Sky channel 752 or Freeview channel 264 via VisionTV
For comments and questions:
To Call: 01924231083 WhatsApp messages: 07950797017

View previous shows

The second show will be on 15th March.

February Half Term Food Scheme for Shipley and Baildon

If you are worrying how you will afford food over the February half term and/or if your child gets Free School Meals, Shipley Christians Together is putting together healthy, nutritional meal boxes which will contain enough food for five breakfasts and five main meals for each person in your household.

Households will be able to collect a meal box from a hub in central Shipley, or if you would struggle to collect it they can deliver it to your house (socially distanced). To arrange this confidentially, call or text 07423 575473, e-mail shipleyholiddayfood@gmail.com or send a private message on Facebook via the page www.fb.com/shipleyholidayfood. The inboxes and phone will be monitored from 9am to noon from now until 21 February. If you leave a message outside these times, someone will get back to you. The funding for the boxes has been provided by Bradford Council. 

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 9 February 2021 at 7.00pm. Members of the press and public are welcome to observe/listen to the meeting via video or telephone link. Members of the public can also address the committee during the Public Participation period at the start of the meeting.

NEWS RELEASE: Shipley Town Council comments on proposals for Leeds Bradford Airport

Shipley Town Council objection to the planning application 20/02559/FU (Leeds City Council local planning authority area)

This is an objection made by Shipley Town Council to planning application 20/02559/FU, by Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) for demolition of existing passenger pier, construction of a new terminal building, passenger piers and associated infrastructure, construction of new vehicular access and modifications to flight time controls to extend the daytime flight period.

Shipley Town Council represents a town directly affected by flight paths into and out of Leeds Bradford Airport. The Town Council believes that this application if approved will adversely affect the communities it serves.

The Town Council sets out its reasons for objection below.

Climate Change

The purpose of the planning system, as set out in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), is to “contribute to the achievement of sustainable development.” This is summarised in the framework as “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” (Reference 1).

The greatest challenge facing our society, and that of future generations, is climate change. The UK government has acknowledged this and in December 2020 announced a new target to reduce the UK’s emissions by at least 68% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels (Reference 2).

The proposal submitted by Leeds Bradford Airport to construct a new passenger terminal and extend flight times is to facilitate an increase in passenger numbers. This is in direct conflict with the Government’s own aim of urgently decreasing carbon emissions to protect future generations from the impacts of climate change.

It is also at odds with the policies of Leeds City Council. Leeds City Council declared a climate emergency in 2019 and committed to achieving a net zero carbon target by 2030. The Leeds Climate Commission of which Leeds City Council is a key partner, has said that “continued growth in aviation nationally, is incompatible with the climate emergency” (Reference 3).

The Climate Change Committee (CCC), which advises the government on climate change, has said in 2019 that “in the absence of a true zero carbon plane demand [for aviation] cannot continue to grow unfettered over the long term.” Zero Carbon planes are not yet feasible in the time scale necessary to ensure we meet our commitments to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Therefore, the only way we can reduce carbon emissions from the aviation sector is to decrease flight numbers.

In the CCC policy report (December 2020) on the sixth carbon budget, it says:

“The Government should include international aviation emissions within the Sixth Carbon Budget, subsequent carbon budgets and the 2050 Net Zero target. The forthcoming Aviation Decarbonisation Strategy should commit to a 2050 Net Zero goal for UK aviation, with use of verifiable GHG removals (but with limits), and set out demand management policies to ensure a trajectory to 2050 is achieved and that non-CO2 effects are addressed” (Reference 4).

Shipley Town Council has passed a Climate Emergency motion and believes that this proposal will prevent both our locality and our nation from tackling the climate emergency with the urgent action required.


Noise is one of the main adverse environmental effects of the airport. It is a very serious concern of the local community, which should carry heavy weight in the planning decision.

The proposed development may also contravene national policy on aviation, which is a material consideration. The UK’s Aviation Policy Framework 2013 “expects the aviation industry to make extra efforts to reduce and mitigate noise from night flights through use of best-in-class aircraft, best practice operating procedures, seeking ways to provide respite wherever possible and minimising the demand for night flights where alternatives are available.”

Contrary to this it looks like LBA is increasing noise, not reducing or mitigating it. The Town Council is particularly concerned about the increase in night flights. And LBA is not “sharing noise improvements with the community”, as required by national policy.

Shipley Town Council would like to stress that it does not support the increase window in flights that has been proposed.

Air Pollution

LBA accepts that the proposed development will have negative public health impacts: the ‘Planning Report’ states that some “adverse effects are likely to arise as a consequence of slight increases in disruption, disturbance and pollution near the airport”, although the assessment on a population-basis is “small”.

Of particular concern are PM 2.5s which are released by jet engines and contribute to surrounding air pollution, and are a major health concern, with regard to airports. Research is continually demonstrating that these ultrafine particulates have major health impacts and are being shown to impact on every organ in the body. A recent study (2019) (Reference 5) has shown that between 15% and 33% of all annual childhood asthma cases in Bradford may be associated with urban air pollution. The findings demonstrated the need to reduce childhood exposure to air pollution and traffic related air pollution through transport and land-use policies. Research by “Born in Bradford” has also shown that shown that during pregnancy, exposure to pollutants commonly found in the air, such as those from traffic, causes babies to be born at a lower birth weight, even where the pollution is at levels well below those allowed in current European Union (EU) air-quality rules. A low birth weight is serious because it is a predictor of other health problems in childhood and later life.

Safeguarding the local population from increased health impacts – especially children – must be a priority.



2. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-sets-ambitious-new-climate-target-ahead-of-un-summit

3. https://leedsclimate.org.uk/news/aviation-emissions-leeds-pose-“major-challenge”-decarbonisation-city

4. https://www.theccc.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Policies-for-the-Sixth-Carbon-Budget-and-Net-Zero.pdf

5. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2046043018300546

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