Todmorden finalist in the Academy of Urbanism's great town awardLast update: 6.08.16 First posted: 6.08.16 by Estelle in Blogs
On Wednesday nine academicians came to asses our town for the Academy of Urbanism great town award. Tod did itself proud, community groups came together to show our town at its best, individuals went above and beyond, cleaning up towpaths, running and fetching, making sure people things were in the right place at the right time.
They were met at the station by IET chair Mary Clear and had look around Platform1 Gallery, called in at the library and then came to the town hall for coffee and cake and time to talk to several local groups, like the U3A and Tod in Bloom
and of course ourselves
Then I took them on a tour to see what our town has to offer
we went along the canal to the health centre where penny explained the apothecary garden
and on to Pollination Street where we met the Incredible farm and Straw works,
who talked about the possibility of building a much-needed eco hotel right there in the centre of town.
we took in both the indoor and outdoor markets, then on to the police station and college before whisking them away for an incredible vegan lunch prepared by Hilary at the Unitarian.
while they ate Mary told them the story of IET
The local business community came together in the Fielden Centre to showcase what great makers and doers we have, there is so much talent in here. ther was time for networking and chatting over cake
The academicians were impressed by the friendly willingness of folk to get stuck in and they spent a lot of time on their tour of the town stopping and chatting to people along the way.
John Thompson in his summing up of the day mentioned the great use of the station buildings, and commended to the art studios and gallery.
He also showed interest in straw bale building especially the idea of a straw bale hotel on Pollination Street, we certainly do need more accommodation in the town centre. They all enjoyed their day in Tod and now have to write reports which will go to the actual panel of judges.
The main things they were looking at were
1. Leadership and Governance:
2. Local Character
4. Commercial Success & Viability
5. Environmental Sustainability
6. Community, Health and Wellbeing
But Tod is already a winner we are in the top three, if this was the Olympics we would be on the podium getting a medal.
As a prize for being in the final three, we have won a poem by Ian McMillan, national treasure and true Yorkshire lad, it doesn’t get much better than that.
We have to wait until November 16th when the award ceremony will be held in London Victoria to find out which town has won the official title.
But towns aren’t bricks and mortar, they are people and communities and this makes our Town great on every level, everyone involved was truly incredible and we are all winners.
Well done Tod
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