Campaign bid for funds help

A GROUP set up to campaign against further supermarkets in Todmorden has been unsuccessful in its attempt to secure funding from the town council.

Save Our Retail Trade In Todmorden (SORTIT) submitted a grant application for £1,850 to help cover its running costs.

Members of the town council’s amenities committee decided against giving a grant to the group for a campaign but said it would consider an application for an event to promote retail traders within the town.

Coun Phil Walters said: “I don’t think that we as Todmorden town council should be giving money for people to go and protest against whatever it be.

“Whether it is a supermarket or a sex shop on Water Street, it doesn’t really matter.

“We will get every Tom, Dick and Harry saying we have given this money to one group and now they want some to go and get some placards. I think it’s totally wrong.

“If they want to go and protest, they should fund it themselves.”

Coun Margareta Holmstedt said the SORTIT campaign supports a town council policy that has been in place for a while – to oppose supermarkets.

“Anything to enhance the small retail traders in Todmorden and help them to survive, I think it’s a good idea,” she said.