Amenities Committee

Chair: Cllr  D Tremayne
Vice-Chair: Cllr J Taylor

Councillors: Cllrs A H Greenwood, J Grieve, M Hatfield, M Holmstedt, P Marrington, B Paramor, C Potter, D Tattersall and D Wardell

2017/18 Report

This Committee deals with environmental improvements and general amenity issues in the town and surrounding area. 

The central Todmorden open space known as Patmos Gardens is owned and maintained by the Town Council.  This space has been much improved in recent years by a combination of refurbishment works and the hard working Todmorden in Bloom Group, who on many a day can be seen weeding and maintaining the gardens. The sunny aspect of the gardens provides a peaceful sitting area for all members of the community, with benches and tree seats.  

Improvement works at Vale, Cornholme, are in the process of being completed including a new link pathway, drainage, tree pruning, improved access and seating.

The Council also owns and maintains Lobb Mill Picnic Site.  This is well used by visitors to the town, and walkers accessing the Rochdale Canal and hillside walks leading from the car park. 

The continuation of the Tourist Information Centre has again been assured by grant funding of £19,000, and further ‘Tourism’ grants to the town have been awarded in the sum of £2,200. 

Financial assistance has also been provided for the purpose of environmental improvements to Todmorden in Bloom with total ‘Environment’ spending this year being £17,530.   Local societies and groups have benefited via grants in respect of ‘Entertainment, the Arts and Recreation’ in the sum of £7,632, together with other grants for a range of purposes totalling £25,283. Sixteen payments of Town Hall Hire Charge refunds, totalling £8,414, have also helped the town’s societies and groups organise functions in Todmorden Town Hall.   From feedback received, so far, the Council has been informed that events held for money-raising purposes raised a total of £4,566 to 31st March 2018.  This also makes good use of the building as over 1,095 people attended the events.    

The continuation of the new Christmas lights in the town centre, along with the extension of the Christmas lights to Cornholme as well as Walsden, have made colourful contributions to the township over the festive period. 

The annual Mid-Pennine Arts Schools’ Tour, part funded by the Town Council, is always welcomed by local children.   This coming year the focus will be on a celebration of Todmorden.  

Last year the Town Council funded the replacement zip wire in the play area at Centre Vale Park and this is still proving to be a great success. In the future we are hoping to part-fund the refurbishment of one of the other Todmorden play areas.

 

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