£10m secured for first phase of Town Deal programme
Five of the key projects proposed in Todmorden’s Town Investment Plan have received the go ahead for investment from the Government’s Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.
It means this first set of projects can be progressed to deliver the vision set out in the Town Investment Plan, which aims to develop the local economy and realise Todmorden’s potential.
The programme spans opportunities for enterprise development, health and wellbeing, learning, arts and culture and for improving the town’s park and green spaces.
The five projects, representing a total investment value of £10m, are:
Centre Vale Park, Todmorden Town Council, £1.9m worth of Town Deal Funding
New facilities for sports and leisure will be developed and features of the town’s primary green space, including the conservatory and bandstand, will be restored for contemporary use.
Todmorden Town Council is working with community groups operating in the park, and seeking additional match funding to proceed with strands of the project.
The Hippodrome Theatre, Todmorden Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society (TAODS), £1.9m
The community owned theatre will extend into the single storey unit next to the existing building to provide improved workshop, performance and rehearsal spaces.
Public Places in Todmorden, Calderdale Council, £3.5m
This will see the enhancement of shared spaces to prioritise people, and the creation of a more attractive, flexible civic space and public square, boosting trade for local businesses. It will also provide a space capable of hosting Todmorden’s programme of events and specialist markets.
Tod College, Learning and Community Hub, £1.7m
Community owned and run building offering workshop, conference, meeting and learning facilities will benefit from significant improvements to its spaces and facilities and see a programme of energy efficiency measures.
Todmorden Town Hall, Calderdale Council, £1m
The Grade I listed Todmorden Town Hall will be transformed through a programme of alterations to make the building more accessible, flexible, user friendly and sustainable.
Pam Warhurst, chair, Todmorden Town Deal Board said: “It is wonderful news for Todmorden that five key projects have the final go ahead for a remarkable level of investment.
“Our programme will help to secure a prosperous local economy for the future and a town centre to be even more proud of.”
Councillor Sarah Courtney, Calderdale Council’s cabinet member for Towns, Engagement and Public Health, added: “It’s fantastic news that five of the eight Todmorden Town Deal business cases have been approved for funding, with the remaining three currently being reviewed by Government.
“This is a proud step forward for Todmorden’s regeneration. We can now get to work on making the aspirations a reality, thanks to the sheer determination and passion of everyone involved across the community.”
The approved projects will now move forward for detailed planning, including public consultation, environmental and planning permission processes as required.
The Government is reviewing the three further Todmorden Town Deal projects: The Enterprise Centre, Riverside Centre and Active Todmorden.