Todmorden reaches final three in running for ‘Great Town’ award

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Local views of Todmorden town centre
Old man sitting and Town hall
Incredible Edible Local views of Todmorden town centre Old man sitting and Town hall

All that’s great about Todmorden will be shown on the world stage after it was named a finalist in the prestigious 2017 Urbanism Awards.

Nominated in the ‘Great Town’ category, the Calderdale town will go head to head with Blackpool and Clonakilty in Cork, Ireland.

Run by The Academy of Urbanism, the aim of the awards is to recognise the best, most enduring or most improved urban environments.

A panel met earlier in the month to decide on 10 nominations per category - others include The Great Town, Great Neighbourhood, Great Street and Great Place, as well as The European City of the Year Award.

These were then whittled down to three finalists in each category and a team of academicians will now travel to the town to compile a report and will then vote for their winner in each category.

During the visit, the team will look at the following areas:

1. Leadership and Governance: Is the Finalist well managed, inclusive, fair?

2. Local Character: To what extent does the Finalist provide a distinctive sense of place, identity and cultural resonance?

3. Amenity: To what extent is the Finalist an attractive, safe and enticing place for people to live, work, play, visit and enjoy?

4. Commercial Success & Viability: To what extent does the Finalist provide a conducive environment for wealth creation and distribution and is it able to support the maintenance and improvement of its urban environment?

5. Environmental Sustainability: To what extent does the Finalist exhibit and promote environmental sustainability?

6. Community, Health and Wellbeing: To what extent does the Finalist exhibit and promote civic behaviour, social cohesion, health and wellbeing?

7. Connectivity: To what extent does the Finalist provide transport and access options to an appropriate range of urban services?

Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in November.