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Cabinet agrees funding for new lift at town hall

Wheelchair user Jonathan Knowles, who was trapped in the disabled lift at Todmorden Town Hall for more than two hours

Wheelchair user Jonathan Knowles, who was trapped in the disabled lift at Todmorden Town Hall for more than two hours

Calderdale Council’s cabinet has agreed plans to replace the existing lift at Todmorden Town Hall and improve access to the listed building.

At Monday night’s cabinet meeting, members agreed that the current lift was no longer reliable and approved funding to install a new structure.

Coun Steve Sweeney, Calderdale Council’s cabinet member for communities, said: “It’s great news that the lift will be replaced at Todmorden Town Hall.

“The impressive building has a fascinating history and it’s important that it continues to be a focal point for the town, which is easily accessible for everyone to enjoy.”

Coun Barry Collins, Calderdale Council’s cabinet member for economy and environment, said: “We are committed to revitalising Todmorden Town Hall and putting it back at the heart of civic and cultural life in the town.”

As part of the project to install a new lift, the current shaft will have to be enlarged and alterations made to the adjacent toilets.

The Todmorden Development Board, which was set up by cabinet in February, has identified the revitalisation of Todmorden Town Hall as one of its priorities.

This follows a series of problems with the lift over recent years. Wheelchair user Jonathan Knowles, who was trapped in the lift for more than two hours when attending a concert last month, welcomed the news.

“It’s badly needed and I’m glad that finally something is being done,” he said.

He also praised Todmorden ward councillor Jayne Booth for championing disabled access in Todmorden.

Cabinet also agreed that money from this funding can be used to submit a Heritage Lottery bid to develop a small heritage resource for the local area, based at the town hall.

 

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