Community invited to share ideas for future development of canal

UPPER Calder Valley residents will have an opportunity to share their ideas for the future of the Rochdale Canal at an event in Todmorden Town Hall next week.

Upper Calder Valley Renaissance is hosting a drop-in session on Wednesday, September 14, from 5pm until 7pm, at which members of the community can help shape plans to develop the canal into a Linear Park that can be used by a range of users for recreation and tourism.

Canon James Allison, chairman of Upper Calder Valley Renaissance, said: “The continuing improvement of the Rochdale Canal through Calderdale is a central focus for the Renaissance process.

“We are keen to listen to the views of local people, to ensure that future developments on the canal are in line with the needs of local communities.

“We want local people to feel a sense of ownership of the canal and are considering a range of new initiatives to help this happen.”

The informal session will follow on from a “Canal Connections” conference hosted by Pennine Prospects in the town hall during the day, at which Tony Hale, chairman of British Waterways, and Roger Hanbury, chief executive of the Waterways Trust, will set out their vision for the future of inland waterways.

The event will explore how partnership projects might enhance the canal network; create a green, linear parkway through towns and villages in the South Pennines; and provide routes for local walking and cycling to open up the heritage of the area to everyone.

Places at the daytime session must be booked in advance. For more information, visit the Pennine Prospects website,