Funds for another year, but trust is told it must do more

David O'Neill and fellow town councillors feel that Todmorden Information Centre should do more to become self-sufficient
David O'Neill and fellow town councillors feel that Todmorden Information Centre should do more to become self-sufficient

COUNCILLORS have agreed to fund staffing costs at Todmorden Information Centre (TIC) for another year, but warned that it must do more to develop its business plan.

At last week’s Todmorden Town Council amenities committee meeting, members voted in favour of giving the TIC Trust a grant of £14,800 for the financial year 2012-13.

But councillors said this money was subject to any future approach to the town council being accompanied by a business plan showing how the TIC aims to increase its funding streams.

While they felt the TIC is a valuable resource for visitors and residents in the town, members felt it needed to do more towards becoming self-sufficient.

Coun David O’Neill said the town council has paid out more than £90,000 to cover staffing costs at the TIC over the past five years.

“We would not like to see the TIC have to shut,” he said.

“I would like to get to the stage in the future where the TIC can provide itself with its funding.

“I would like to set out a three-year cycle where we reduce the amount we give each year.”

Coun Diana Tremayne said: “The information centre has to show that it is viable.”

Coun Ian Cooper suggested the TIC develops closer links with local businesses.

Richard Storah, from the TIC Trust, said funding for staffing costs is very hard to find.

The trust has submitted 20 applications to various funding bodies, the vast majority of which have been declined.