One-way ticket in the Market Place

One-way ticket in the Market Place

Plans to make Market Street, Bingham a one-way system, could be in place by April 2014, but the public are unlikely to be consulted. Nottinghamshire County Council faces a deadline because funding for the scheme is only available during the current financial year. This means that is a full public consultation was to take place, it would delay the process and will not be done in time. Bingham Town Council met with the county council to discuss the proposal. Mr George Davidson told a meeting of the town’s environment committee, “It is absolutely essential in the view of the officers that this scheme is implemented in the current financial year, because of the funding. I think they would hope to get an agreement from us as soon as possible.” He continued to say that the town council might have a to call an extra meeting to discuss what is being proposed. Mr Davidson said the county council would have to discuss the proposal by September, which meant it would have to complete its paperwork by the end of July, to get the scheme completed before the deadline. “If they had to have a full consultation about the whole scheme, it wouldn’t happen this year. In an ideal world, we would want to consult everyone about everything,” Parking restrictions on two streets nearby, are likely to be introduced alongside the new system. The county council has indicated that traffic regulation orders affecting where and when people could park on Cherry Street and Church Street has been included in the proposals. There will be a public consultation on the traffic regulation...
Car park vs all-weather sports pitch – costs revealed

Car park vs all-weather sports pitch – costs revealed

The plans to turn the contaminated former allotments and skatepark in Bingham into a car park and all weather sports pitch could cost the council more than £800,000. Architects have given initial estimates to the town council for the projects of the conversion being considered for the Moor Lane site. The site was closed back in 2007 after the land was found to be contaminated with chemicals, including arsenic, cyanide and lead which was left from the town’s former gasworks, which was based on the site. But the town council are limited to how it can redevelop the site because of the contamination. The figures where revealed at a meeting of the town council’s recreational and cemetery committee. The estimates are that the car park would cost the council around £630,000 whilst an all-weather pitch would cost around £700,000. Both costs exclude VAT and additional costs such as floodlighting. Butt Field Sports Club has been consulted on the proposal for a new sports pitch and said while they would support the project, they do not have the resources of funds to back it financially. However, the club said it holds long term ambitions to convert the land into a sports pitch to help expand its facilities. The Future Bingham project, to develop u to 1,050 homes, employment land and recreation facilities, north of the railway line, has been approved and already plans for a car park near the railway line. The town council may work in conjunction with The Crown Estate, which is behind the development, to see if they would contribute towards the conversion, using funds from its...
New Youth Facilities – Student’s Opinion

New Youth Facilities – Student’s Opinion

Students of Toot Hill School have had their say on the plans to build more youth facilities in Bingham. Town councillors surveyed the pupils at the school and the majority of the students wanted a youth shelter near the Young People’s Centre which is near the school. The students were asked to select from a range of plans – a youth shelter, free-running area, skating area, outdoor gym and a basketball court. They were also asked where they would like the facility built with a choice of either Wynhill, Toot Hill playing fields and two other locations. A total of 415 pupils took part in the survey with 176 choosing the centre as their preferred location and 154 opting for Wynhill. The survey results will be considered by the council’s recreational and cemetery committee, which will make a final decision. Mr John Stockwood, the chairman of the committee, said they faced a difficult choice because free-running equipment was the least popular choice and last year Urban Dash, a free-running group, raised money for youth facilities and gave a presentation to the council. Any youth shelter would have to be a substantial structure to deter vandalism after the previous shelter at Wynhill was vandalised. Mr George Davidson, said the gym would be more expensive to install than a shelter and Mr Paul Abbey said the council would have to consider the school’s plans for using the land near the Young People’s centre before it came up with ideas of their own. The committee decided to consider its option before making a...
Bingham Penguins – Recruiting Now!

Bingham Penguins – Recruiting Now!

We need volunteer coaches and swimming teachers! Bingham Penguins is a charity specialising in swimming for disabled children & adults. We meet at Bingham Leisure Centre on Sundays 6pm – 8pm. If you are a qualified swimming teacher or coach and have a couple of hours to spare each week, this is a great opportunity to volunteer at Bingham Penguins Swimming Club. We are a charity that supports disabled children and adults to enjoy swimming – from beginners through to competitive swimmers. We meet on Sundays 6.30pm – 8pm at Bingham Leisure Centre. If you are not yet qualified to teach swimming but would be keen to learn, we would also be interested to hear from you. We also have helpers in the water who support our younger swimmers 1:1. This is an excellent opportunity of you are working towards your Duke of Edinburgh Award or just looking for some volunteering experience for your CV. For further details, on any of these opportunities, please contact our Club Secretary, Chris Zawadzki on 07917356009.    ...
Bingham Crossing to be Changed

Bingham Crossing to be Changed

The level crossing on Chapel Lane is set to be unmanned by 2015. The crossing is currently operated by a signalman. Network Rail has announced that all crossings on the Nottingham to Grantham line are to operate remotely by a control centre in Derby. The reason for the change is because concerns have been raised about what impact the new developments happening in Bingham, could have on the traffic and the level crossing, when there is often a lengthy queue already. The improvements could cut waiting times by around two minutes, which could improve safety for drivers and pedestrians and will improve efficiency of the line. A spokesperson from Network Rail said that at present, the barriers could be down for around six minutes when the trains are heading towards Nottingham and are waiting to depart from Bingham Station. But then in the worst cases, another four to five minutes are added whilst waiting for another train in the other direction. The spokesperson has admitted this was an issue for the people in the community and said the company is looking to see if times could be reduced when the area was resignalled. Network Rail will remove the signal box once it has been decommissioned. The changes are set to improve the access over the railway by either building a footbridge to replace the Moor Lane pedestrian crossing or by altering the existing bridge. The railway company, is looking to improve the safety of all its crossings as part of a multi-million pound scheme, that is set to improve crossings across the country. Mr Tony Fox, a town councillor,...