Groups benefit from £100,000 of civic funding

Mayor of Todmorden Coun Abid Hussain and Fielden Society at the unveiling of plaque to commemorate former home of famous Todmordian John Fielden.

Mayor of Todmorden Coun Abid Hussain and Fielden Society at the unveiling of plaque to commemorate former home of famous Todmordian John Fielden.

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Todmorden Town Council has spent close to £100,000 carrying out projects around the town and helping local groups during the past year.

Giving the town council’s annual report, Coun Jayne Booth outlined the work that has been carried out by members in Todmorden over the past 12 months.

“Local societies and groups have benefitted via grants in respect of entertainment, the arts and recreation in the sum of £8,550, together with other grants for a range of purposes totalling £18,168,” she said.

“Twenty payments of town hall hire charge refunds of £7,818 have helped the town’s societies and groups to help themselves by organising functions in Todmorden Town Hall.

“For events held for money-making purposes, a total of £9,092 was made to March 31.

“This makes good use of the building and over 2,100 people attended the events.”

The town council has spent £7,567 on playgrounds and youth facilities, and spending on environmental projects totalled £10,082.

The council has continued to work in partnership with West Yorkshire Police Authority by part-funding two additional police community support officers to work in Todmorden at a cast of £18,138.

Todmorden Information Centre has received £14,800 to help with its staffing costs for another year.

A refurbishment project has begun to make the interior of Todmorden Town Hall more attractive to visitors.

The Town Plan for Todmorden is in its final stage of completion, and plans are in hand to further improve open space in the centre of Cornholme over the coming months.

Councillors held a meeting with representatives from Property Alliance Group and McCarthy and Stone to discuss issues including the security and fencing of the Hope Street development land off Halifax Road.

A blue heritage plaque was unveiled by Mayor of Todmorden Coun Abid Hussain in February at Dawson Weir, Rochdale Road, to commemorate John Fielden MP.