Town plan must now be accelerated

SAINSBURY’s application has been refused by Calderdale Council’s planning committee: a decision I fully support because of concerns about pulling trade away from the town centre.

The implications of that decision must now be followed up because this leaves an empty and derelict site with no clear future (possibly awaiting a Sainsbury’s appeal).

I’ve been talking to a lot of local people whose views are very similar to those expressed by one brave member of the public who spoke in favour of the application – the market has its limitations, many people do want a wider choice of shopping and there appears to be no funding available for any alternative development on this site.

This may well mean one more supermarket, but in the right place!

Todmorden Town Council are working on a town plan which now needs accelerating as we don’t want continuing uncertainty and too much more consultation.

The Renaissance Board is working on plans for Bramsche Square and the Town Hall, and Todmorden Pride devised the plan for a marina.

Asda have had their planning permission to build a new supermarket on the old Ormerod/Kwiksave site.

This now all needs drawing together in a real plan that local people can get behind and see positive action.

As Leader of Calderdale Council, ward councillor for part of Todmorden and a local resident, I’m going to do my bit to get this done – bringing councils together with other groups to work this out, and listen to the views of all local people.

Coun Janet Battye,

Liberal Democrat,

Calder ward