Have your say and help shape vision for future

Todmorden town councillor Anne James, left, Mayor of Todmorden Coun Richard White, and town plan co-ordinator Helen King
Todmorden town councillor Anne James, left, Mayor of Todmorden Coun Richard White, and town plan co-ordinator Helen King

TODMORDEN Town Council is seeking your views to help shape the vision for the future.

The town council is producing a town plan for Todmorden which will help to prioritise its work to concentrate on the issues which concern you the most.

To gather public opinion on a variety of local issues, the town council will be printing a survey in next week’s Todmorden News and is asking people to take a few minutes to fill it in.

Co-ordinator Helen King said in order to create a town plan, the town council needs your views.

“The greater the response we receive, the better a plan it will be,” she said. “We look forward to hearing from you.”

The survey will include questions on transport, planning, tourism, local services, shopping and leisure.

“There are some big issues in the town and this is the chance to have your say,” Helen said. “Things like what to do with sites in the town, whether there are enough recreational facilities in the town and whether we need to promote tourism more.

“At the end of this, we are hoping to have priority issues to focus on, and that will guide the town council over the next few years.

“Todmorden is a unique place but how do we get the best out of it? That’s why we are producing the plan.”

Completed surveys can be posted in ballot boxes around the town – including a market stall on November 12 - or sent to the town council office at Todmorden Community College.

Surveys can also be completed online by a link from www.todmordencouncil.org.uk.

Once the responses have been analysed, the town council will start to put together the plan. It will provide the community’s viewpoint in planning applications, provide evidence of need when applying for funding, and allow for greater take up of opportunities.

It will also support the good work being done by the many community groups in Todmorden and encourage greater partnership working between organisations.

Coun Anne James, who chairs the town plan steering group, said: “Taking part in it will enable people to be part of the vision for the town.

“It’s not like the census. People don’t have to include personal information. It’s just their views on certain subjects.”

Mayor of Todmorden Coun Richard White said the idea to produce a town plan has been in the pipeline for a while but the town council decided to go-ahead following the debate about the future use of the Halifax Road gateway site.

He encouraged people to get involved and send in their views.

“It’s a waste of our time if people don’t support us and tell us about their views,” he said. “We need their support, information and ideas.”