Shipley Town Council
Shipley Town Council is the parish council for the town of Shipley in West Yorkshire. The Council was created on 1 April 2020, by Order dated 14 January 2020.
This temporary website will be used to provide contact and other information.
The first meeting of the Council took place on Thursday 28 May 2020 at 6.00pm.
Agendas for all other previous and future meetings can be found on the meetings page.
The Town Council has eight elected councillors and three vacancies to be filled by co-option in summer 2021.
Councillor Mike Connors (Independent; Saltaire and Hirstwood Ward) – Chair of the Council; Chair of the Management Committee; and Chair of the Staffing Subcommittee.
“I have lived in Shipley for 20 years and my two sons were born here. Shipley is a great place to live and the new Town Council is determined to make Shipley even better for all residents.
I am proud to lead the Town Council team. We want to achieve results for the whole community. I would like all residents of Shipley to join with us on our journey as we start out on various projects in the coming year, working together to succeed”.
Councillor Celia Hickson (Green Party; Nab Wood and Moorhead Ward) – Vice Chair of the Council; Chair of the Allotments & Green Spaces Committee; Vice Chair of the Management Committee; and Vice Chair of the Staffing Subcommittee.
“I have lived in Shipley for over 25 years. Born in Denholme, I have lived in Bradford for most of my life. Married with two grown up children, I am a passionate community activist, campaigning on environmental, social justice and peace issues. I have many voluntary roles including as a magistrate”.
Councillor Darren Longhorn (Yorkshire Party; Shipley Centre and Dockfield Ward) – Vice Chair of the Allotments Committee.
“I live and work in the Shipley Central and Dockfield Ward. For my day job, I look after people at a software development company. I wanted to be on Shipley Town Council, because I’m passionate about localism and enabling decision making to be as close as possible to the people affected”.
Councillor Darren Parkinson (Green Party; Saltaire and Hirstwood Ward) – Chair of the Climate Emergency & Environment Committee; Vice Chair of the Planning Committee; and Chair of the Finance Subcommittee.
“I live in Hirst Wood with my partner and two children who both attend a local primary school. I work as a Learning Disability Nurse for the NHS, supporting disabled children and their families.
I have lived in Shipley for nearly 20 years and am active within my community, whether it be with the Hirst Wood Regeneration Community Group or through environmental campaigning with such as the Clean Air Bradford campaign group.”
Councillor James Roberts (Independent; Saltaire and Hirstwood Ward)
“I have lived in Saltaire since 2012 and am a member of several local groups, including the Canalside Allotments and the Saltaire History Club.
I was actively involved with the campaign to establish a Town Council, engaging locally through canvassing and social media. I look forward to working with the other councillors to help drive local priorities across Shipley”.
Councillor Anna Watson (Green Party; Northcliffe and Norwoods Ward) – Chair of the Planning Committee
“I have lived in Shipley with my family for over fifteen years. I work for a charity campaigning to protect people’s health by getting hazardous chemicals out of everyday products such as toys, food packaging and furniture.
My children attend local schools and I have been a school governor at Saltaire Primary School for over ten years. I am involved in many community campaigns as part of the local Friends of the Earth group and I co-convene Clean Air Bradford”.
The Town Council has 1.5 full-time equivalent paid officers.
Joe Ashton is the full-time Clerk to the Council and the Town Council’s Responsible Financial Officer.
Helen Mawson is the part-time Administrative Officer.
The Town Council has appointed four committees and two subcommittees.
The committees are:
Allotments & Green Spaces
Climate Change & Environment
Planning & Regeneration
The subcommittees, which report to the Management Committee, are:
Shipley civil parish (the area covered by Shipley Town Council) forms part of the City of Bradford Metropolitan District.
Shipley Ward is an electoral division of City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council, covering all of Shipley civil parish and some parts of Lower Baildon.
Shipley Ward is represented on Bradford Council by three district councillors:
Shipley is part of the wider Shipley parliamentary constituency, which also includes Baildon, Bingley, Bingley Rural, Wharfedale and Windhill & Wrose wards.
Shipley Constituency is represented in Parliament by Philip Davies MP (Conservative Party).
Shipley Town Council’s Publication Scheme contains details of the information published by the Council and the format in which it can be obtained.
Shipley Town Council’s General Privacy Notice has been published in accordance with the requirements of the Data Protection Act 2018.