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Tories have lost 'Ambition for Mytholmroyd'

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Last year, Labour Councillor, Simon Young, organised a summit entitled "Ambition for Mytholmroyd" which brought together the whole community to map out the future of the village. 

Simon Young

Since then a great deal of hard work and lobbying was undertaken by the Labour administration to help ensure the communities exciting vision for our village we're realised.

That is until the recent power-grab by the new Tory/ Lib-Dem coalition, which has brought the project to a complete standstill and reducing the number of upper valley councillors on the Cabinet from three to zero!

Councillor Simon Young told the HebWeb, "I'm very disappointed. We've worked so hard to make progress on this ambitious project. It's a betrayal of trust for the local residents who, like me, believe that Mytholmroyd needs action and a long-term strategic development plan.

"All I can surmise is that because it was a Labour-led initiative, the new Tory/ Lib-Dem Coalition is petulantly burying the plans for party political reasons. This damages the reputation and trust in all Calderdale councillors and does nothing to help the economic development of Mytholmroyd and surrounding villages. 

"Under Labour plans agreed with senior directors in Calderdale Council, the launch of a new Mytholmroyd Business Association was due to take place in early September and the launch of Calderdale's first ever regular Night Market in early October, to bring much needed visitors to the village.

"I know people feel disappointed and let down, they want to see real vision and real action. I pledge to do all I can to keep our ambition project alive. But, it appears that despite holding two out of the three local council seats and control of the council, the Tories have lost ambition for Mytholmroyd"

Some other projects identified by Ambition for Mytholmroyd included:

  • Looking at the development of a Mytholmroyd Adventure Centre on Brearley Playing Fields. Ideas include a white water course, and a possible iron man competition.
  • The creation of a programme of works to improve the public realm along the main A646 to encourage people to stop, take a break and discover Mytholmroyd.