Improvements to Centre Vale in full motion

Campaigners are looking to put pride back into the park and transform  attractions  ahead of next summer
Campaigners are looking to put pride back into the park and transform attractions ahead of next summer

Work is well underway to boost facilities at Todmorden’s Centre Vale Park.

Todmorden Development Board, which includes Calderdale Council Cabinet Members, Todmorden Town Councillors and local ward Councillors, is committed to maintaining the high quality that has repeatedly earned the park its prestigious Green Flag Award.

Plans are in full swing to bring the park’s heritage to life by creating an attraction from the remains of farm buildings that once stood in the park.

The Council is funding works to make the bowling pavilion more windproof and watertight and is supporting the local bowling clubs to improve the facilities in the pavilion with a view to possibly taking over ownership of the building in the future.

It is also looking at options to protect the park’s bandstand, with the park’s tennis courts set for an overhaul with the Council confident that these will be back in use by next summer.

Another of the park’s attractions, the animal house, could also be set for a boost as the Council is talking to a local reptile expert to look at ways of working together to enhance the facility.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, Coun Marcus Thompson, said:“Centre Vale Park is much-loved by local people and visitors.

“We want them to continue to be proud of the park for years to come, so we are taking important steps to protect and improve the facilities.

We will continue to work with the community to do this, to make the most of their skills and links.”

The drainage issues in the park are on track to be resolved, and the Environment Agency is committed to returning to the park to carry out repairs when the weather is better.

The Council and friends of the park planned to submit a bid for ‘Parks for People’ funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to help make improvements.

However, the grants are likely to be directed to other parks in the country which are more in need of improvement.