The investment plan that will see Towns Fund money spent on the city was also approved by senior advisers – with the caveat that it would not solve all of the city’s problems.
Projects include Todmorden Town Hall, the Hippodrome Theater extension and improvement of Center Vale Park, regeneration of Rose Street and Bramsche Square in the city center, improvement of the market and the introduction of housing, the development of a hub of social enterprises and the development of public spaces, including spaces for holding events.
Calderdale Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Strategy Councilor Jane Scullion (Lab, Luddenden Foot) said everyone was grateful for the money and paid tribute to volunteer Todmorden Town Deal Board for his vision in the development of the application.
“It’s a series of artistic, cultural and heritage projects and that’s because it’s not just a city investment plan that concerns buildings and roads – it is also to regenerate the city through culture, activity and commitment.
“The investment plan puts a lot of emphasis on sustainability and I think that’s one of the things that will set it apart from many of the other ten improvement plans across the country,” she said. declared.
Cabinet member for resources Councilor Silvia Dacre (Lab), who is a neighborhood councilor for Todmorden, said residents were really excited to have the opportunity for the money.
Councilors have been told that £ 17.5million can be spent on projects which the Department for Communities, Housing and Local Government will sign once detailed business cases are developed and approved, in 2022.
“The Council will continue to be the responsible body for doing everything in its power to support the Towns Fund Board of Directors and residents in the implementation of our municipal investment plan,” he said. she declared.
But Councilor Dacre warned that while government money is welcome, he should also accept responsibility for his “inadequacies” in funding the grants provided to the council.
One example was an 11% cut to her budget for potholes – you could go to the extended and improved theater on a new bike path, but come crop on a rutted main road, she said. .
“We need to keep our residents safe with less money.
“The prize is really welcome and everyone in Todmorden will go out of their way to get as much of this money as possible, but it doesn’t solve all of our town’s problems and it doesn’t solve all of our residents. ‘problems, I’m afraid,’ said Count Dacre.
Tory group leader Councilor Steven Leigh (Ryburn) said government grants were funding 80% of the council’s £ 108million program for the coming year.