Project partnership that has produced funding success

ATTRACTING funding to Todmorden is a problem that needs to be overcome in the future, Todmorden Pride’s annual meeting heard.

But tangible progress was being made, said chairman James Gregory, and the board was delighted with the scheme to refurbish and improve the access to the Rochdale Canal at the Lever Street car park.

He praised Calderdale Council’s Anne Holdsworth for her work on the scheme.

It includes steps to link the towpath to Oxford Street and improve the canal wall and aims to set a benchmark of quality in relation to future work in Todmorden, said Mr Gregory.

He said Todmorden has historically found it difficult sourcing funding for projects but this had been a definite success with Todmorden Town Council giving £30,000, £40,000 coming from Lottery funding, Calderdale Council £20,000, a further £30,000 from the TRansformational Board and £10,000 from Sita.

It was a great example of improvements partnership could bring and another project which was being supported by Todmorden Pride was the Green Route, being developed in association with Incredible Edible and Todmorden In Bloom, bidding for funding from Calderdale for much more extensive associated works.

Member Doug Blenky had worked tirelessly in relation to a variety of projects which concern the canal. “For too many years Todmorden has turned its back on this important and essentially attractive feature and a variety of initiatives are being undertaken,” said Mr Gregory.