Baildon Town Council
Page originally called Baildon Parish Council. Baildon Parish Council changed their name to Baildon Town Council
There is a legal procedure to follow in forming a Parish Council. Bradford Metropolitan District Council (in 2005) are encouraging local communities to form Parish Councils.
The first step in getting a Parish/Town Council is to get a petition with a signature count of more than 10% of the electorate. In 2005 a petition, which said: "We the undersigned wish to petition the Secretary of State for the formation of a parish council for the town of Baildon to be called Baildon Town Council. The Proposed Parish Council will cover an area as outlined on the attached map." was handed in to Shipley Area Committee. At the time Baildon had 12,836 electors and 1332 valid names where on the petition which represented 10.37%. The petition was therefore valid.
Shipley Area Committee at its meeting held on 7 December 2005 considered the petition and resolved (amongst other things):
- That the Secretary of State be notified of the petition.
- That residents of Esholt be consulted on whether they wished Esholt to be part of the Baildon Town Council proposal.
- That a ballot of electors in the proposed area (which includes Esholt if residents are in favour of being part of Baildon Town Council) take place between the 9 to 27 January 2006 asking electors whether they are in favour of establishing a Town Council for Baildon (Yes/No).
Who originated the signature collection?
150 letters were sent out to registered electors in Esholt providing information on parish councils and asking the question "If a Baildon Parish Council is established should Esholt be included?"
33 responses were returned
On the basis of these returns and following consultation with the Chair and Ward councillors of Esholt the boundaries of the proposed Town Council were not amended to include Esholt.
Following the petition a postal ballot was held in 2006, (which month?) excluding Esholt, where the question was "Do you agree with the proposal to establish a Parish Council for Baildon?" and the response was:
|Majority for the proposal||1704|
|Ballot Papers issued||12,818|
As a result, in March 2006, the Shipley Area Committee resolved, amongst other things,
- That a recommendation be made to the Secretary of State supporting the establishment of a parish council for Baildon.
- That any information produced relating to the petition should state Parish Council and not Town Council.
There were various consultations about naming and councillor numbers and 12 came out as favourite. There were objections about the originally proposed ward names though no clear alternative suggestions were made so the names proposed at a meeting of Baildon Community Council were adopted.
|Draft Ward Name||Proposed Ward Name|
|Tong Park||South East|
|Baildon Green||South West|
In 2007 Baildon got its own Parish Council with up vacancies for 12 councillors, 2 per ward.
The nominations for the 2007 elections on May 3rd were as shown in the table below. Two wards had 3 nominations and therefore an election was held for those 2 wards. The names in bold are those that were elected. Baildon South West had no nominations.
|Nominations. Bold indicates elected. Number in brackets is vote count.|
|West Ward - Belmont||1A||1,660
Ballot papers 782
|Election||Derek Ernest Green (344), Peter Hartingdon (Independent) (376) and Roger L'Amie (561)|
|North Ward - Baildon Moor||1B||2,186||No Contest||Mark Nicholas Fisher and Valerie Margaret Townend|
|East Ward - Jenny Lane||1C||2,367
Ballot papers 857
|Election||Joanne Marie Crowther (552), George William Everall (Independent) (344) and Paul Richard Marfell (488)|
|South East Ward - Tong Park||1E & 1F||1,860||No Contest||Debbie Davies and Eddie Ward|
|South Ward - Ferniehurst||1G, 1H & 1J||3,466||No Contest||Stephen Albert Heaton and Renee Lancaster|
|South West Ward - Baildon Green||22A & B||2,532(previous)||No Contest||No Candidates|
The first official meeting of the Baildon Parish Council was held on 14th May 2007 at 7:00pm in Ian Clough Hall. The nominated and elected people had met previously, 9th May 2007, in a side room of the Ian Clough Hall so that proper officers from Bradford Council could talk through the up and coming meeting and discuss the responsibilities being taken on.
A scan of the December 2007 Prosider "Baildon Local News".
Councillors by surname
|Kathy Andrews||Co-opted June 2011-2015||South East|
|Joseph Ashton||Co-opted Oct 2008-2011
|South||Vice Chair 2010-2011|
|Leslie Brook||Appointed 2011-2015||South West|
|Alan Clubb||In office 2021||East|
|Denis Colman||Co-opted July 2007-2011||South East|
|Vicky Christensen||May 2019-||South West|
|Joanne Crowther||Appointed 2007-Resigned Dec 2008||East||Xmas Lights 2008-|
|Debbie Davies||Appointed 2007-Resigned May 2009||South East||Youth Champion 2007-|
|Gill Dixon||In office 2020||East|
|Anne-Marie Dooley||In office 2019||West|
|Sue Hewitson||In office 2021||South East|
|Mark Fisher||Appointed 2007-2011
Vice Chair 2008-2010
|Chris Flecknoe||Appointed 2011-2015||East||Vice Chair 2011-2012|
|Peter Haley||Appointed at meeting Mon 9 Feb 2009||East||Planning Review Committee|
|Peter Hartingdon||Elected 2007-2011
Elected for 2011-2015
|West||Planning Review Committee 2007-2009 (Chair 2008 -2009)|
|Stephen Heaton||Appointed 2007-July 2008 resigned||South||Planning Review Committee 2007 - 2008|
|Roger Lamie||Elected 2007-2011
|West||Eco warrior 2008 -|
Staffing Committee 2007-
|Renee Lancaster||Appointed 2007-2011||South||Baildon in Bloom 2007-2011|
|Barney Lerner||Co-opted June 2011-2015||South East|
|Rebecca Malekottodjary||Co-opted Oct 2007-Resigned||South West||Staffing Committee 2007-|
|Paul Marfell||Elected 2007-2011||East||Vice-Chair 2007-2008|
Chair 2008 -
Planning Review Committee 2007 -
Parish Council Liaison Rep. 2007-
Staffing Committee 2007-2011
|Alan Martin||Co-opted Feb 2010-2011
|South West||Planning - 2011|
|Stephen Place||In office 2019||South East|
|David Reed||In office 2020||West|
|Paul Sharkey||In office 2019||North|
|Alan Smith||Co-opted Oct 2007-2011||South West||Baildon in Bloom 2007 - 2010|
|Marian Taylor||Appointed 2011-2015||South East|
|Denise Thomas||Co-opted July 2009-2011||South East|
|Maggie Town||In office 2019||North|
|Val Townend||Appointed 2007-2011
|Eddie Ward||Appointed 2007-Resigned May 2008||South East|
Councillors by ward
The names in bold should be the latest councillors in the list but not necessarily the current councillors.
|South East||Eddie Ward|
|South West||Alan Smith|
The Parih Council appointed their first warden, Keith North, in October 2008. He resigned March 2010.
Mark Scrimshaw was recruited as warden June 2011.