First step is putting a roof over our heads
Receiving planning permission for a new roof will be the first step along the road to restoring a building back to community use.
Mr Ivor Dibble has applied to Calderdale Council planners for permission to replace the existing roof of the former Cornholme Library at Parkside Road, Cornholme.
The building has been bought by the Community Foundation for Calderdale which leases it to the Old Library Group, with the aim of refurbishing it so the premises can once again be used as a public building.
The group was awarded £49,600 from the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) in December to fund the project.
BIG’s Village SOS scheme aims to help country communities struggling with such issues as closure of local amenities through supporting them to run community enterprises.
A supporting statement accompanying the application says the ply-and felt-roof membrane and fascias are in a poor condition and it currently lets in water.
The building is a pre-frabricated, timber-framed building and has been disused for some years.
If successful the application will start to change all that and it is intended it will house a community cafe, a place for computer training and access and, fittingly considering the building’s former use, a book exchange.
It is hoped that a small grassed area will be used for growing some local produce.
Any representations on the application should be lodged with the council’s planning department by February 1.
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