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The Malhamdale Initiative


Malhamdale action group formed to improve area

Kirkby Malham parish hall hosted the formation of a strong action group
of 60 Malhamdale residents who are determined to improve their future living and working conditions

Project groups were formed to ensure that these ideas were acted upon to maximise support and funding opportunities that may be available from government and European sources. Forming partnerships with Craven Districts Community Investment Prospectus, Yorkshire Dales National Park, Yorkshire Forward and other bodies were seen to be priorities.

Collaboration between the project groups and Kirkby Malhamdale Parish Council is going from strength to strength. With the Parish Council giving the lead to others in its application for Vital Village funding. The Dale is deemed to include the whole valley from the uplands of Malham Moor down to the A65.

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The project groups and their leaders are :-

Business Sandy Tod
Information and Communication Technology Mike Spence
Facilities and Amenities David Whittaker
Community Affairs Jo Smith
Transport Rob Hudson
Parish Council Rep Chris Wildman
each also being members of the Steering Group chaired by John Varney




Malham Cove. View south from limestone pavements, Malham

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Malhamdale, being part of the Settle and District Community Investment Prospectus, initiatives through Settle and District Chamber of Trade, is well placed to receive significant financial help - especially if we are seen to be enterprising. The funding comes under many headings - principally Objective 2 and ERDF. This means that people bringing business into the area are eligible for financial help.

Sports facilities, arts festivals, broadband, new uses for existing buildings, inward investment, transport infrastructure, value added tourism and collaborative enterprise are all on the agenda. If you have ideas that will bring wealth and prosperity to Malhamdale, please let us know or, better still, join one of the groups. Energy and skill invested now will pay great dividends in the years to come. Malhamdale is going to be very much on the map and an even better place to live, work and visit.

Alan Hulme, Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, Regional Manager said: ’The meeting provided an excellent opportunity for the local community to discuss what matters to them. The ideas put forward don’t always fit the work of the Authority, but we would be only too pleased to offer assistance in taking forward together those suggestions which help with visitor management or conserve and enhance the local environment of Malhamdale.’

Local Airton resident Jo Smith said “As a local person, ‘ born and bred’, I was pleased to see so many people getting involved in the development of our own future.” Malham resident Stuart Gledhill said “It was nice to see so many people there and so much positive thinking going on. I am hopeful that the atmosphere generated will continue.”