Baildon Town Council

Serving the people of Baildon

Welcome to Baildon

Clerk: Louanna Winch
Baildon Library, Hallcliffe
Baildon, Shipley, West
Yorkshire BD17 6ND

  • Baildon Library

    Baildon Library

    The Town Council Office is based in Baildon Library.

  • The Potted Meat stick

    The Potted Meat stick

    Our famous Potted Meat stick in the heart of the village, by Ros Crosland.

  • Tong Park Dam

    Tong Park Dam

    Tong Park Dam by Ros Crosland.

  • Shipley Glen

    Shipley Glen

    Shipley Glen in the Autumn by Ros Crosland.

  • Baildon in the snow

    Baildon in the snow

    Picture by Ros Crosland

Baildon and the Town Council

Baildon Town Council's website includes a wealth of information about how we conduct business and what we do. Use the search facility to browse the site and find whatever you are looking for. If you can't find the information you require then please contact us.

Baildon is located in the Aire Valley, between the city of Bradford and Rombalds Moor. Whether you still think of Baildon as a village or have embraced its new status as a town, we can all agree that Baildon is a great place to live. As a Town Council, we're proud to represent a place with such character, history and natural beauty as Baildon.

Stretching from the river at Roberts Park, along Otley Road through Charlestown and Tong Park, and up to Baildon Moor, Baildon is much more than just what is traditionally considered the village centre. Around 16,000 residents, spread across an area of approximately 16 square miles, live, work, shop and eat at locations from Charlestown to Baildon Bridge to the Coach Road.

Community spirit is strong in Baildon, with residents active in groups as diverse as the Women's Institute, Baildon Ukelele Club, churches, Baildon in Bloom, Friends of Baildon Moor and youth activities – to mention just a few.

Baildon hosts many exciting events in which the whole community come together, like August bank holiday's Harley Davidson biker rally, the Scarecrow Festival, the annual carnival and Baildon at Christmas. There's lots to see and do: the Victorian tramway at Shipley Glen runs at weekends and Roberts Park, although part of the Saltaire World Heritage Site, is within the Baildon boundary.

Latest News

Closure of Ian Clough Hall building

Closure of Ian Clough Hall building

The following statement has been issued today by Bradford Council, on the future of the Ian Clough Hall building.

A decision has been made to close Ian Clough Hall on 31 March 2020. The site has been marked for closure for some time due to falling use and poor general condition.

Ian Clough Hall and the Library are to be demolished and the site marketed for sale along with the land adjacent, with the proviso that any replacement facility will provide public parking facilities. Alternative locations for a library in Baildon are being considered. More »

We are looking forward to working in partnership with Baildon Town Council to work towards a community facility being provided in any redevelopment which we hope will be a boost for Baildon and its residents in the long-term."

Further to this statement, a regeneration partnership between Bradford Council and Baildon Town Council has been agreed. The partnership will oversee an ambitious proposal to redevelop a prominent site in the centre of Baildon village. As landowner, Bradford Council will be the lead partner and will be the ultimate decision-maker.

Under the proposals, Ian Clough Hall, a public hall and meeting venue on Hallcliffe, which also houses Baildon's public library and the Baildon Town Council office, will be demolished in its entirety, after 31st of March 2020.

The wider site, which currently includes a pay and display public car park and a recycling point, is proposed to include new older-persons' residential units, new community facilities and a space for a public library. Public and private car parking will also be included in the proposed scheme.

On the 14th of October, Baildon Town Council's full council meeting will consider a recommendation to continue providing library services after 31st March 2020 from alternative premises. It is expected that a "community managed library" will replace the existing facilities. The library is currently part-managed by Baildon Town Council under a contract with Bradford Council. All libraries in the Bradford District are currently subject to a major review, which will report before Christmas 2019 and will then inform the budget decisions to be made by Bradford Council in the early New Year. Final decision rests with Bradford Council.

Until the new buildings on the Ian Clough Hall site are ready, which is expected to be in approximately three years' time, alternative accommodation will be found for the public library and Town Council office. A thorough options appraisal is being conducted to find the most suitable venues.

Subject to a lease being finalised, Baildon Town Council is also taking over the management of the former Baildon Children's Centre building, which is located next to Sandal Primary School on West Lane. The Children's Centre, which is currently underused, will provide replacement office space for Baildon Town Council, a meeting room and a large activity room, with kitchen and toilets. Baildon Town Council intends to return its main office to the Ian Clough Hall site when the new buildings are complete.

Councillor Joe Ashton, Chair of Baildon Town Council, said: "Love or loathe the architecture, Ian Clough Hall is an iconic part of Baildon and is held in great affection by many people, including me. However, Bradford Council has reached the conclusion that the existing building has now reached the end of its economic life. For this reason and after much investigation and deliberation, Baildon Town Council has decided to support Bradford Council in redeveloping the whole site, rather than keeping the existing building open at considerable cost". » Less

Posted: Fri, 20 Sep 2019 15:30 by Louanna Winch

UCI Road Cycling World Championships - arriving in Baildon 28 Sept

UCI Road Cycling World Championships - arriving in Baildon 28 Sept

Come along on Saturday 28th September and watch the Women's World Cycling Championship pass through Baildon, along Otley Road. See attached map for more local information.

The Halfway House will have a big screen so you can watch the whole race, hog roast, full food offer, bars, and face painting! Also the famous WI tea and cake tent. St James Church is also open and serving tea and tray bakes. Be there by 10.30, the race is expected through between 11.30 and 12. Rolling Road closures will be in place. More »

To find our more about the UCI World Championship, download the free app "Yorkshire 2019":

https://worlds.yorkshire.com/championships-info/app/

You can find details of the GB team of nine top women cyclists including Lizzie Deignan. » Less

Posted: Fri, 20 Sep 2019 10:05 by Admin

Baildon Welcomes the World - UCI World Cycling Championships

BAILDON WELCOMES THE WORLD

On Saturday 28th September 2019 over 100 of the top female cyclists in the world will take part in the UCI Women's Elite Road Race. The race will come through Baildon, along the Otley Road, at about 11.30 that day . As with the Tour de Yorkshire, activities are planned to welcome the race, and this year we are delighted that Greene King Brewery have agreed to sponsor a big screen in the car park at the Halfway House, so that you and your family can enjoy watching the race as it continues on to Harrogate. There will be a full range of food and drink options there, including the WI tea tent and choirs and refreshments at St James Church across the road - all welcome! More »

As part of this project, we are supporting a Baildon resident, artist and cyclist, Tim Curtis, who is involving children from every school in Baildon to produce a gigantic animated bicycle on the field outside Hollins Hall Hotel. This will be a Baildon "land-art" entry, and we hope will be televised to millions around the world!

How can you help?
Please come with family and/or friends and enjoy a fantastic 3 course meal at the Hollins Hall Hotel on Friday 13th September as part of our Fundraising Dinner!
Tickets are £25 each, available from the Halfway House or Baildon Town Council office (in the back of Baildon Library), until 5pm on Friday 6th September. It will be a great evening and you will be helping to raise part of the £3500 needed to fund the land-art.
Contact the Town Council office on 01274 593169 or enquiries@baildontowncouncil.gov.uk for more info. » Less

Posted: Wed, 04 Sep 2019 12:20 by Admin