£60,000 of grants for the community

Mayor of Todmorden Coun Richard White
Mayor of Todmorden Coun Richard White

TODMORDEN Town Council has supported local groups and societies with grants totalling more than £60,000 over the past year.

In his annual report, Mayor of Todmorden Coun Richard White said the town council has given £11,028 of funding to Todmorden in Bloom, Incredible Edible Growing Ltd, Todmorden Civic Society and Todmorden Riverside Improvement Group for environmental improvements.

Numerous groups and societies received £10,207 for entertainment, the arts and recreation.

The continuation of Todmorden Information Centre was again assured by grant funding of £18.900 to cover staffing costs.

Twenty-one town hall hire charge refunds totalling £7,484 have helped societies and groups organise functions in Todmorden Town Hall.

“This makes good use of the building and over 2,400 people attended the events,” he said.

Total spending on youth projects was £2.902.

A contribution of £15,000 has been paid to Calderdale Council for repairs to the stonework of Todmorden Town Hall.

“As well as enabling this essential maintenance to go ahead, this also demonstrates support from the community, to enhance the chances of the Heritage Lottery Fund bid later this year,” he said.

The town council continues to work in partnership with West Yorkshire Police Authority by part-funding two additional Police Community Support Officers to work in Todmorden.

Members are currently undertaking a major project - the Town Plan for Todmorden.

“Over the last 12 months, there have been a number of public consultations aimed at reflecting the views of the community, identifying local problems and opportunities and setting out development issues for the future,” he said.

“Feedback from a series of questionnaires has been very constructive and this is currently being analysed to consider the issues raised and for forward planning.”

The town council supported the successful nomination of Centre Vale Park for designation as a Queen Elizabeth Playing Field.