1. Bingley Town Council consultation: new offices and public toilet facilities

In March 2018, Bingley Public Toilets will be shut by Bradford Metropolitan District Council. Bingley Town Council is exploring the possibility of a Community Asset Transfer and developing the toilet site into useful office space for the Town Council and public toilets for Bingley.  Full details are available in Bingley Library and on Bingley Town Council website.   Please read this information and look at the plans before completing this survey.

To enable the project to go ahead, the Town Council would apply for a fixed rate government loan of £157,500 repayable over 20 years.  To repay this amount would involve a precept rise of around 60p per Band D household in 2018-19 and, in total, over the 20 year loan period each household would contribute £24.

In addition, Bingley Town Council would have to negotiate a Community Asset Transfer of the property from Bradford District Council in order to be responsible for and to take over the management of the site.  The site would be leased to the Town Council for 94 years at a peppercorn rent.

Both of these applications and processes need evidence of public consultation - so please read the information on the website or in the library and then share your views through the survey below.  The results will inform the Town Council's next steps.  Thank you.

* 1. Do you live in the parish served by Bingley Town Council?

* 2. Do you work in Bingley, own a business in Bingley or have other links with the parish?

* 3. What is your first reaction to the proposal to transform the existing public toilets into new offices for Bingley Town Council and retain new public toilet facilities?

* 4. When you think about public toilets, do you think they are a facility Bingley needs or doesn't need?

* 5. How would you rate the design of the proposed development?

* 6. How supportive are you of a Community Asset Transfer (CAT) of Bingley Public Toilets from Bradford Metropolitan District Council to Bingley Town Council?  (The terms of the CAT are a 94 year lease at a peppercorn rent.)

* 7. To fund the project, Bingley Town Council would need to borrow £157,500 from the Public Works Loan Board (PWLB).  This would be a fixed rate loan repayable over 20 years and the loan repayment would increase the precept on a Band D property by 60p in 2018-19.  Overall, a Band D household would contribute a total of £24 towards the loan repayment over the 20 year period.  Are you supportive of Bingley Town Council entering into this financial arrangement with the PWLB?

* 8. In your own words, what are the things that you like most about this new proposed development?

* 9. In your own words, what are the things that you would most like to improve about this development?

* 10. Do you have any other comments, questions, or concerns?

* 11. If you wish, please supply your contact details although it is not mandatory to do so.  Your information will be kept by Bingley Town Council and you may be contacted about any update on this project.

If you are completing a hard copy of this survey, please return it by 31 December 2017 to the Town Clerk, Bingley Town Council, Cottingley Cornerstone, Littlelands, Cottingley, BD16 1AL.

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