Penny Marrington, Todmorden Town Council candidate, Langfield ward 

Penny Marrington

I’ve been retired since 2012 (from a working life spent mainly in higher education), and since then have become involved in various local activities, as well as taking some time out last year to walk, with my husband Robin, from Arles in France to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Currently I am one of a team working on the Apothecary Garden next to Todmorden Health Centre, and I’m the secretary of the Tod Walkers action group.

We moved to Todmorden in 1999 and chose to live in Langfield (in an old back-to-back terrace just above the Unitarian Church) because it has a lot of the town’s history, and it’s very near to great paths onto the ‘tops’. Over the years we have been here we’ve seen a lot of improvements in the local environment, and it’s a very pleasant place to live. The problems we have now are those shared by the rest of Todmorden (including the apparent inability of any cold-calling ‘energy-saving’ company to offer solutions to the problem of insulating these old stone houses)

My main priorities as a Councillor are to find solutions to the problem of derelict sites in Todmorden – whilst at the same time retaining for public use the fantastic ‘village green’ at Pollination Street. I think we need to manage the flow of traffic through Todmorden to prioritise safety and convenience for pedestrians rather than vehicles. I believe we should fight to return decision-making about Todmorden  matters to the people of Todmorden.