Town Hall plans moving ahead

PLANS for the improvement of Todmorden Town Hall have met with approval from a local councillor.

Coun Olwen Jennings (Lib Dem, Todmorden) she was very pleased and excited with the plans, which are moving ahead with a bid expected to be made to the Heritage Lottery Fund in February.

Coun Jennings said: “The plans being worked up are ambitious, but they need to be. Todmorden Town Hall is an extremely important building for our town, but it needs work doing on it to ensure it is a vibrant community asset for decades to come and I think these plans achieve this.

“I very much welcome the plan to include a learning element in the building which will result in a ‘Heritage Point’ being established which will bring together information about the town and the town hall which is currently scattered around.”

The plans include flattening out the staircases at the rear of the ballroom and installing a lift to ensure better access. The courtroom will remain but with more scope to be used as a meeting room.

As it is a Grade One listed building, there are very few suggestions to alter the outside of the town hall.

“The group preparing the bid consists of interested local people and has put in a lot of work over the past two years or so,” she said.

“It has visited other similar buildings in other places and has come up with some very exciting plans. These have already been the subject of consultation with the public and the scheme going forward is the one that received the most public support.

“Even at this stage, the plans are still flexible and could be changed to suit local views.”