A spring in our step for scheme

Todmorden Pride’s plans for improvements to the canal area are moving a step closer with work scheduled to start on site in the spring.

A new exhibition in Todmorden library shows details of the scheme, which include installation of new pedestrian access points to the canal at Oxford Street car park and at Lever Street, where a new disabled access ramp will allow easier access for all.

The towpath surface will be upgraded and new seating areas created with planting beds and attractive walking routes to encourage access between the town centre and the canal.

Todmorden Pride are working in partnership with Todmorden Town Council and Calderdale Council to bring the scheme forward, with funding contributions from each of the three partners, along with external grant funding.

Chairman of Todmorden Pride, James Gregory said: “We are delighted to be working together with the local councils on such a great scheme for Todmorden. These improvements to the local environment aim to attract more visitors to Todmorden, and will set the standard for future developments in the town.”

Coun Anne James, the Town Council’s representative on Todmorden Pride Partnership Board, said

“Todmorden Town Council is very pleased to support this partnership venture.  The scheme offers a range of amenity benefits for visitors and residents alike, and we look forward to seeing the commencement of works as soon as possible”.

Todmorden Pride’s scheme supports Incredible Edible’s plans to create a Green Route through the town, and the project will allow new opportunities for edible planting, interpretation and art work alongside the canal.

The Incredible Green Route is also detailed in the exhibition in the library, which has started this week and will be on display throughout February.

Members of Todmorden Pride and Incredible Edible will be on hand in the library next, Wednesday, February 9, from 10am until 7.30pm, and will be happy to discuss details of their proposals.

Comments on the proposals are welcome, and can be left in a box that accompanies the exhibition.