Mayor reflects on a busy year for the town council

COUNCILLORS have looked back on their work over the past 12 months.

Mayor of Todmorden Coun Margareta Holmstedt gave Todmorden town council’s annual report last month ahead of its final meeting before the elections.

During the year, members have spent £15,841 on environmental projects and have given grants totalling £13,614 to local societies and groups for entertainment, arts and recreation.

More than £6,000 of town hall hire charge refunds have been paid to help societies and groups hold events in the historic building.

The town council has worked in partnership with Calderdale Council and Todmorden Pride to undertake improvement works at Lever Street and Oxford Street, and has committed £30,000 of funding.

“Both schemes aim to encourage greater use of the canal and to improve linkage with the town centre,” Coun Holmstedt said.

The town council has begun work on the Town Plan for Todmorden.

Coun Holmstedt said: “Over the next 12 months, there will be a number of public consultations and exercises, leading to a published document reflecting the views of the community, identifying local problems and opportunities, and setting out development issues for the future.”

The development committee welcomed a visit from the Environment Agency to address members’ and public concerns regarding phase three of the Todmorden flood defence scheme.

The town council supported the introduction of a rural bus service which now runs between Todmorden and Hebden Bridge railway stations.

Much time has been devoted to the current Town Centre Renaissance Board Project.

The town council has forwarded its views on the subject via a written document.

The general purposes committee has again selected winners of the Citizenship Award for Todmorden.

“Citizenship Awards for Todmorden introduced last year augment existing awards and continue to recognise the commitment shown by individuals and groups,” Coun Holmstedt said.

Annual meetings were held with representatives from the emergency services.

“They prove to be a useful forum to discuss issues of importance to the electorate,” she said.