Calderdale Council has refused Incredible Edible Mytholm‘s nomination of the Mytholm Works site as a community asset. However, this has not deterred Incredible Edible Mytholm (IEM) from proceeding with their plans for Growing Futures.
If the nomination had been successful, this would have meant that if/when the owners of the site put it on the market, Calderdale Council would put the sale on hold for six months to allow Incredible Edible Mytholm time to set up a community-owned company, create a business plan and raise capital through a community share offer or similar means.
As it is, IEM will simply go ahead with preparing a business plan, in order to be prepared, should Setbray/Belmont Homes decide to put the site on the market.
On November 15th an enthusiastic meeting of people from Mytholm and other parts of Hebden Bridge and the Upper Calder Valley set up Incredible Edible Mytholm (IEM) as an unincorporated association, with the aim of nominating the Mytholm Works site as a community asset, and elected the IEM steering group and officers.
Anyone who shares this aim and wishes to join Incredible Edible Mytholm is welcome to become a member.
Locality have confirmed that the draft constitution is fit for purpose and have suggested a minor modification to allow people to join the group who aren’t Calderdale residents. This doesn’t alter the fact that the group needs 21 members who are eligible to vote in Calderdale Council elections, in order to qualify as a group that can nominate a community asset.