Ivor’s plan would create gateway for visitors to discover our gems

TODMORDEN missed a trick when the old Co-op was demolished on Dale Street.

It was an ideal opportunity to open up the canal and regenerate our town through tourism. Unfortunately, at the time the decision was made to build houses on the site. We didn’t have the might of the many organisations like Todmorden Pride and Incredible Edible to fight for something more creative and progressive.

These groups of people together with numerous other committees, who devote their own time and energy for the benefit of us all, have already put our town back on the map.

Through a combination of enthusiasm, expertise and hard graft, there are already many successful projects underway that don’t rely on council money.

Now another knight in shining armour, Ivor Dibble, has joined forces with these visionaries to propose a wonderful alternative to yet another supermarket in Todmorden.

His plans for a marina and various other commercial establishments would provide another shot in the arm for our town’s future. On musing with a friend recently regarding the flourishing fortunes of Hebden Bridge, a tiny town centre compared with the more open aspect of Tod’s centre, she suggested that the compact nature of Hebden, centred around the square, was in fact the secret of the town’s success.

She could well be right, but a marina and other commercial ventures on Halifax Road would provide a real opportunity to encourage visitors to wander the short distance up the canal bank to view our guillotine lock, then loop back right taking in the delights of shops like the Bear, meander along Water Street and then cross at our beautiful Town Hall and progress over to the historic market.

A relatively short distance, but what a wealth of gems!

I wish Ivor Dibble and Todmorden Pride the very best of luck with their proposals. Let’s all get behind them and secure a “mixed use waterside development” that will help to regenerate our town further.

Tina Jones, Robinwood Terrace,