DIY Manuals

How could you improve the centre of Marsden or Slaithwaite? The Marsden and Slaithwaite DIY manuals highlight a series of small projects that could make a big difference to the centre of your town. They are called DIY manuals because they contain things that everyone in the community could get involved with.

Some of these projects could be undertaken by individuals, community groups or property owners. Others can be done in partnership with the local council or other agencies.

The projects range from tidying and weeding to transforming disused buildings. Each project will improve an individual part of one of the villages and together they will improve the village centres in a big way.

Kirklees Council and the Renaissance steering group commissioned a study of how Marsden and Slaithwaite village centres could be improved. The manuals are the result.

Printed copies of the manuals are available to view in both Marsden and Slaithwaite libraries.

Please get in touch if you or your organisation would like to take on a DIY project, or with any enquiry about the manuals. We want to hear from you.

2030 Vision : The Marsden and Slaithwaite Renaissance programme

2030 Vision is a community led initiative about promoting the sustainable social and economic development of Marsden and Slaithwaite.

The project has no paid officers and operates due to the generously given time, effort and enthusiasm of its steering group members and friends, such as the Co-operative Group.

The project continues to evolve and is currently focused around a number of specific projects encompassing the interwoven themes of:

  • Our natural and built environment
  • The health and well-being of people living and working locally, and
  • Our sustainable future as a community.
Find out more on the Projects page.

Our Vision for the Colne Valley

Our vision is of a cohesive and diverse community living and working together for a sustainable future, creating a Colne Valley that we can all be proud of, and that is a great place for our children, and their children in turn, to grow up in.

How You Can Get Involved

It's as easy as 1,2,3:

  1. The first thing to do is create a user account on this website. It is free, it only takes a minute, and it will enable us to keep you informed and in touch with the Renaissance programme. And/or sign up for our "2030 Vision" newsletter - see the link on the bottom left of every page on the site.
  2. If you want to get involved in any of the listed projects then make contact with the named project champion. There should be a contact link on each project page, or you can use the general contact page.
  3. If you have a great idea for a new project that you might like some help with to take forward, then get in touch. We hold regular steering group meetings (in Slaithwaite currently), where you could pitch your project idea and get some useful feedback, advice and support.
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