Copley Valley development could be good

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Old Well Head

Halifax

You asked for our views on the Copley Valley Scheme in the Courier (Sat 29 January).

I went to the consultation at Copley Primary School last Thursday and feel that it is time a more positive view was published in the Courier.

Those who, for whatever reason, oppose the scheme write about the effect on Copley Village but this scheme is not centred on the village it is about half a mile away from it and there is a lot of open land between the village and Hollas Lane.

I walk in the area of the planned redevelopment on average three times a week and anyone who visits cannot seriously think that it should be left in its current derelict state.  The area from Sterne Mill Bridge to Mearclough Bridge and Fall Lane between canal, river and railway embankment is an eyesore.

Calderdale Council, Genr8, Arup and Yorkshire Wildlife Trust are all working together to bring much needed improvements to an area of industrial dereliction. The proposals include open spaces, a nature reserve, housing, work units, new roads, bridges and footpaths. A GP surgery is planned and a community centre, possibly a small hotel and café. What is to object to in this? Providing the Council pays close attention to school provision and traffic management this scheme should be a major asset to the area and improve the environment for more than just the residents of Copley Village. I hope it goes ahead.

Jean Bannister