From the Mayor’s Parlour: Input is vital for the future of town

Cinder Hill, Todmorden.

Cinder Hill, Todmorden.

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I have always found this time of year hard.

It’s not the depths of winter when cold and darkness are reasonable. Now, there is hope out there - snowdrops and daffodils - but it’s still cold and dark and mostly horrid.

I appreciate the days are beginning to get a little longer, but I want Spring to hurry up. I want daylight, sunshine, a burgeoning garden and birds busily nest building.

I understand patience is a virtue and I know you shouldn’t be wishing your life away, but I just wish these months would pass a little quicker.

This is one of the reasons I thought a ceilidh in the town hall would be a good idea.

I’m sure I am not the only person who goes through the February/March blues.

Initially, I was a little worried no-one would come, but I am delighted to say the tickets are almost sold out. Tony and I are looking forward to seeing you there.

I do have other things to be doing besides organising ceilidhs and staring helplessly at my garden.

Todmorden Town Council is pushing on with the development of the Todmorden Neighbourhood Plan.

Over the next few weeks the council will be holding consultations. If you are like me, that word will make you groan.

So to try and persuade you to take part, we are calling them workshops.

Workshops are more energetic, thought provoking and inclusive than consultations.

Our community has the opportunity to create the most pro-active, forward thinking and radical Neighbourhood Plan that has ever been designed anywhere.

It should and could be the template that other communities follow. For that, your input is vital.

What do we want to see as the future of our town? How can we make that happen?

There will be four workshops and you are invited to any, or all, of them.

Saturday, March 12, from 10am to 3.30pm at the Fielden Centre.

Saturday, March 19, from 10am to 3.30pm at Walsden St. Peter’s Primary School.

Saturday, April 2, from 10am to 3.30pm, at the Old Library, Cornholme.

Saturday, April 9, from 10am to 3.30pm at Todmorden Town Hall.

Let’s accept the challenge and go for it.

The future development of Todmorden is in our hands.