Calderdale Council’s cabinet last night pledged £50,000 to progress work on proposals for a new train station at Elland.
Councillors approved more than £400,000 worth of investment to counteract the effects of the economic downturn as recommended in a report from the council’s Economic Task Force (ETF).
The £50,000 investment for Elland Station will go towards looking at the feasibility of the proposals which have been called for by local residents and business owners.
The money will come from the Economic Investment Fund to support the production of Governance of Rail Improvement Projects documents which a cabinet report said is an established process in setting up a train station.
However, the report went on to say that “progressing this work does not guarantee that a new station will prove feasible or happen, but it is a necessary step if progress is to be made”.
An unutilised £41,430 from the Economic Fighting Fund will be allocated to support festive lighting for Christmas 2013 while £40,000 will be found for the enhancement of promotion and marketing of Calderdale.
A grants programme for advice services will be established with £100,000 worth of financial support.
£25,000 per annum for the next two years will be pumped into the council’s contract with the Citizen’s Advice Bureau while £8,000 will be invested in research into the impact of debt on families and ensuring economic resilience.
In 2013/2014, £51,250 will be allocated for “enhanced staffing capacity in the council’s Business and Economy Service” while £20,000 will be used to set up a Calderdale Festival and Events Fund.
The Economic Task Force was set up in 2009 was established in January 2009 to tackle the effects of the economic downturn for residents and businesses.