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Upper Calder Valley Renaissance
Valley Team Meeting
6.00pm 3 February 2003
Calder High School

Mytholmroyd Group

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’


Other ideas:
  • 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 11-14’s. 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.

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