‘Extreme disappointment’ over lack of support for info centre

COUNCILLORS have expressed “extreme disappointment” over a decision to refuse funding for Todmorden Information Centre.

Last month, members of Todmorden Town Council’s amenities committee wrote to Calderdale Council asking it to consider re-instating its funding for the centre.

But Calderdale Council said the town council’s request had come too late to be considered in the budget for the coming financial year.

In a letter to the town council, Robin Tuddenham, Calderdale Council’s director for communities, said: “Your letter in relation to the Todmorden Tourism Information Centre arrived one working day before Calderdale Council’s budget council, which precluded any opportunity to give meaningful consideration to your request.

“Budget council is the result of several months of work across the political groups and a 12-week budget consultation period.

“This consultation provided a range of opportunities to raise these issues, both in writing and at ward forums.

“Calderdale Council is keen to work with town and parish councils across Calderdale and there are some excellent examples of collaborative work in relation to shared services, asset transfer and community support.

“This is particularly evident in relation to Hebden Royd Town Council, but also in smaller councils like Blackshaw Head.

“The council would welcome a similar approach to these matters in the context of the Localism Act from Todmorden Town Council, and if you have emerging ideas and proposals in relation to the localism agenda, do let us know.”

The town council has written back to Calderdale Council requesting that serious consideration be given to supporting Todmorden Information Centre in adequate time for future budget setting.

Coun Mark Catterall said: “Hopefully money can be found to put towards Todmorden Information Centre but I think it’s something we are going to have to fight for.”