Valley residents urged to help shape the future of tourist hotspot

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RESIDENTS of a West Yorkshire valley famed for its rugged beauty are being asked what improvements they would like to see.

Holme Valley, which has around 25,000 residents and includes Holmfirth, is the subject of a widereaching research project which aims to reshape the future.

The Holme Valley Vision project, backed by Lottery money, has already asked 1,000 young people and 100 buinesses for their views.

People have already made their views known about poor transport services.

Letters containing a questionnaire are being delivered to every household this month.

People will be asked their views on health, sense of belonging and safety in the community, town centres, facilities and services, transport and the local economy.

Ken Jenkin, chairman of the Honley Civic Society, said: “This is a great opportunity for everyone to be involved in making the valley a better place for us all.

“Once we know what matters to those in the valley - businesses, young people and residents - we can work together and with partner organisations.

“We can perhaps resolve problems such as the limited public transport services and other facilities for both young people and elderly residents.

“We want to use the energy of our young people in a constructive way to enhance business and leisure opportunities, without losing either our heritage or the lovely countryside in which we live and work. The Holme Valley Vision project is perhaps the best chance we have of making a difference.”

The survey can also be completed online at www.holmevalleyvision.org and in local libraries.