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Hilda's Proposal: Calder Valley Regeneration Funding

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Hilda Brown, MP: Proposal for Calder Valley Regeneration Funding

Project 1: Flood Defense Subsidies to High Street Businesses

-£15 Million to provide assistance to High Street Businesses throughout the Calder Valley area in installing anti-flooding technology to safeguard their products, stores, etc. As part of the grant condition, the business in question would need to front at least 50% of the cost of anti-flooding measures, with a total cap on claims at £25,000 per business. Grants would be managed and applications would be vetted by the Calderdale Council. The Calderdale Council shall prioritize applications of smaller businesses and those most in need of aid.

Costings: £15 Million. According to my research (https://floodsense.co.uk/wp-content/upl ... ressed.pdf) an average comprehensive flood protection would likely run around £17,000 for a small to mid-sized high street business.

This formula makes the capacity of such a grant an estimated 1,765 businesses in the Calder Valley region, though the final figure is likely to be lower owing to businesses that are larger in physical size or near particularly difficult flooding areas. Nevertheless, it seems probable that such a grant would be likely to help over 1,500 businesses in the Calder Valley region, providing incentive for businesses to remain, expand, or even move into the region despite the flooding dangers.

Project 2: Film Tourism Campaign

Costing: £2 Million to the Visit Calderdale Organization to promote tourism to the Calder Valley region, capitalizing on recent fame in being featured in Happy Valley, as well as its long and storied history in film. Funding would be used for targeted ad campaigns online, particularly targeting individuals on Facebook and other platforms that have listed Happy Valley and other films as some of their favourites on their pages and/or are members of relevant fan groups. Visit Calderdale would be directed to set aside some funding for creating unique experiences or providing better signage/information for tourists in the area.

Promoting tourism for Calder Valley in such a targeted way is an efficient use of funds, and is likely to increase revenues for High Street businesses, draw tourists to fall in love with the real Calder Valley region, and also generate tax revenue for local re-investment.

Project 3: Brighouse & Todmorden Revitalization Projects

Costing: £2 Million to be used for much needed projects broken down as follows:

Brighouse: £750,000 boost to make the canal towpath more pleasant, install new seating and green spaces on the high street and improve signage to make it easier to get around the town.

ALSO

£750,000 to aid in the revitalization and expansion of the Brighouse Artisan Market to attract visitors from throughout the region and the United Kingdom, to promote local craftspeople, farmers, etc. and for funding for promotional activities. This will continue to promote the Calder Valley Region’s reputation as a centre for artistic local flair in the United Kingdom.

Todmorden: £500,000 for facility upgrades in Centre Vale Park, including the tennis court, bowling green and wheels park; refurbishment of Todmorden Hippodrome Theatre and the Unitarian Lodge; improvements at the Town Hall; Christmas lights for the town and the development of sustainable delivery services through ebikes.

(Costing basis: http://news.calderdale.gov.uk/1-25-mill ... todmorden/ -- with my additional funding for the Brighouse Artisan Market which is a best guess for what would be needed after looking up more information about the Market itself: http://brighousemarket.co.uk/markets/)

Project 4: Calder and Hebble Navigation Revitalization

Costing: £5 Million to be distributed by the Calderdale Council to assist in funding dredging, canal beautification, repairs and updates to locks, creating more narrowboat mooring--particularly around economic centers of town that have access to the canal to encourage those traversing the canal to stop in at one of our local pubs, check out our High Streets, etc, as well as funding a targeted ad campaign for narrow boat enthusiasts in England to promote greater tourism and investment by narrowboat users. (I had trouble finding some comparable figures, but I figure this is a decent number to achieve all this throughout the Calder Valley area--and it’s mean more as a grant to do as much as it can rather than an end all be all improvement of all improvements)

Project 5: High Street Signage, Benches, & Beautification Fund

Costing: £3 Million to be managed by the Calderdale Council to assist towns and other environs within the Calder Valley region with town beautification efforts including installing additional signage or improving current signage, purchasing more benches, particularly targeting High Street and other centers of economic activity, as well as general beautification efforts to make our towns and high streets more attractive. (Again, my general research seemed to indicate that this would be a reasonable amount as a grant).
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Re: Hilda's Proposal: Calder Valley Regeneration Funding

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Very non-biased grading:

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A superior and excellent application. The Department of Communities and Local Government is so impressed with the application that they decide to allocate the entire £166mn to Calder Valley. Massive celebration and jubilation, even more lesbians now move to Calder Valley and are prosperous. The dykes build dikes and flooding is solved. Huzzah!
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