He will now wait to hear from the government to approve funding for the £17.5million allocated to Todmorden.

Projects include the redesign of Bramsche Square, aiming to create what the council describes as “an open, flexible and welcoming city center space that will drive customers to local retail, hospitality and commerce and accommodate the Todmorden calendar of events and festivals”.

There is also a bid for a new business centre, an extension to the Hippodrome theatre, investment in green space and outdoor facilities at the Riverside Center in Walsden, and improved pedestrian access and signage to allow more active daily trips.

Todmorden (photo by Craig Shaw)

Three business cases were submitted in September for improvements to sports, recreation and performance facilities at Center Vale Park, work at Todmorden Town Hall and building renovations at Todmorden College, the center of learning and community center.

The council is holding open days on Saturday November 5 and Sunday November 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Todmorden College where it announces it will share an update on plans for the Town Deal projects.

Pam Warhurst, Chair of the Todmorden Town Deal Board, said: “I am delighted that all of our projects have submitted their final funding applications to the Government after a tremendous amount of work by our project partners and I look forward to sharing these progress with the local population.

“The projects are shaped by extensive consultation over the years in Todmorden and these contributions from local communities are very evident in the positive impact the program will have.

Council will wait to hear if projects are approved for funding

“This event is an opportunity to continue the conversation, as promised, with local residents and businesses about what the proposed projects will accomplish and how they can benefit the city.

“Some details are still being discussed and there is still some way to go before work begins on the site, but it is important to keep talking as the process moves forward.”

Councilor Sarah Courtney, Calderdale Council Cabinet Member for Cities, Engagement and Public Health, said: ‘It is fantastic to reach this major milestone in Todmorden’s planned transformation.

“The town already has so much to offer, and with the boost provided by investment proposals, the Town Deal projects look set to advance our council’s priority for the thriving towns of Calderdale.”

Projects include extension of Todmorden Racecourse

The council expects feedback from the government by the end of the year, at the latest.

Planning consultation and clearance processes, as required, will follow if and when projects receive final approval.

Businesses in Todmorden Market and the town center have become concerned about plans to redevelop Bramsche Square due to a loss of space in the main car park at Bramsche Square.

About 2,000 people have signed a petition calling for a rethink, with businesses fearing commerce will be hit if people can’t park there

Earl Courtney promised in August that further consultations would take place.

Speaking then, she said: “The views of the local community are extremely important in transforming the city.

“Subject to government approval of the business cases, there will be a public consultation program in the fall of 2022 to give everyone the opportunity to view and comment on the proposals and suggest improvements.”

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