Ambitious plans to build Hebden Bridge co-operative

Discussing plans: Harriet Norman, Myra James, and Jarle Landro.
Discussing plans: Harriet Norman, Myra James, and Jarle Landro.
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Supporters of an ambitious community project to create a co-operative food growing and retail business promoted and shared ideas at Hebden Bridge Town Hall.

Incredible Edible Mytholm wants to include an eco-hotel, education centre and visitor attraction in its Growing Futures vision for the Mytholm Works site.

The site has been linked with various developments but the group wants it as a community asset.

Secretary Jenny Shepherd said the launch had a brilliant response and while it was early days attention would now turn to preparing a business plan.

“It’s a very ambitious project but we are inspired by Hebden Bridge Town Hall which shows ambitions can be realised,” she said.

The town hall is now community-owned and managed by a charitable trust which has raised more than £3 million for on-site redevelopment.

Visitors heard from several speakers who talked about sustainable food education and training and the promotion of decent conditions for those working in the food industry.

Straw bale construction methods were also highlighted.

Food was served using fresh local produce and apple trees were also planted by the town hall.