Grant will help group to create a spot to reflect on park’s life

COUNCILLORS have pledged to give more than £3,000 of funding to a project to create a viewpoint area in Centre Vale Park.

This year marks the park’s centenary and to mark the occasion the Friends of Centre Vale Park are looking to build a viewing area with a commemorative plaque.

Todmorden Town Council has agreed to give the Friends group a grant of £3,300 to help cover the costs of the project.

Coun Mark Catterall said: “I think it’s important to commemorate that the park has belonged to the people of Todmorden for 100 years.

“It’s a large amount of money but if we are going to do it, we should do it properly.

“In 100 years’ time, let people see what we did for the centenary of the park.”

Coun Diana Tremayne praised the Friends group for their voluntary work to improve the park and was happy to support the viewpoint area plan.

“I know how much work they have been doing, completely voluntarily, and they have not come to us for help,” she said.

“They have paid for things themselves.

“It’s a special part of the town and I think we should support it.”

Coun Margareta Holmstedt explained that the land was handed over by the Fieldens in 1912 to be a park for the people of Todmorden.

Councillors decided against giving funding to a separate application for a tree trail guide around the park, given that they had already proposed to give £3,300 to the Friends of Centre Vale Park for the viewpoint area.