Upper Calder Valley Renaissance
Valley Team Meeting
6.00pm 3 February 2003
Calder High School
The following are notes of the discussion:
- A major objective for the village is to create a focal point, a heart for Mytholmroyd
- Part of the new heart of the village will be more and better shops in a high quality environment with green spaces for children / families.
- Could the toilet blocks be moved to a less visually prominent position?!
- Car parking in Mytholmroyd possibly needs to be re-assessed
- Mytholmroyd wants to remain a mixed-use community residential, small businesses (more of them), etc.
- Broadband is required to keep existing and to attract new businesses
- The village could soon (hopefully) have a tourist offer that could include: The Ted Hughes Centre, the canal, industrial heritage, walking, Cragg Valley coiners, etc
There is a Calderdale Walking Festival in October
- The village and the Upper Calder Valley as a whole - needs to think about what sort of tourists it wants to attract. Is it day trippers who come by car or those who come by more sustainable means cycle, train, coach? Should the emphasis be towards day trippers or towards people who will stay a night or two?
- Mytholmroyd would like to link up with the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival providing venues such as church halls or the Community Centre possibly becoming a fringe festival
- The Mytholmroyd Gala
- Dock Pudding Championship
- The intention is to create a marina on the canal and welcoming routes into the village
- The regeneration of the railway station is vital to the future success of the village
- Mytholmroyd needs to provide more accommodation / information for walkers area map etc.
- Could promote cycling possibly a cycle race up Cragg Valley the longest continuous gradient in the country
- Mytholmroyd also needs canalside accommodation
- The village needs more affordable housing whilst prices are cheaper than Hebden Bridge they are escalating out of reach of local families
- It is important to provide better youth facilities, especially for the 11-14s. This could include finding a space within the village that would attract youngsters, where they will not bother other people, possibly with a shelter and a graffiti wall.