Community challenge aims to brighten up part of town

Todmorden High School year nine pupils work on the Weir Minerals Community Challenge 2012

Todmorden High School year nine pupils work on the Weir Minerals Community Challenge 2012

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A BUSINESS is teaming up with students to brighten up Todmorden.

The Weir Minerals Community Challenge 2012 aims to tackle one of two areas: the Rochdale Canal towpath or Todmorden Railway Station.

Todmorden High School year nine students are helping out by looking at ways to improve the station.

One of the students said: “We want to make people aware of all the things you can do in Todmorden, when you walk into the station.”

After a meeting with station master Matthew Gibson, the group have come up with a set of ideas they are looking to develop.

Another group of students is looking to address the issue of dog fouling on the section of the canal towpath between the library and Weir Minerals.

One of them said: “It’s a challenging task but we have lot’s of ideas to help solve the issue.”

They held a meeting with Anne Holdsworth, environments project officer at Calderdale Council, who enlightened the students on how to collect data to show if their idea works over a long period of time.

The students have worked closely with mentors from Weir Minerals.

The proposals will be judged next month by a panel of judges.

The winning team of students will receive £2,012 from Weir Minerals and get the chance to put their plan into action during the autumn term with the help of a team of volunteers from Weir, Todmorden High School and members of the community.