At last work starts on iconic town hall

Goodbye to all that?
Goodbye to all that?

SCAFFOLDING on the grade I listed iconic Todmorden Town Hall will soon be a thing of the past.

This month work is commencing on the Town Hall in order to make the external stone work safe.

Over the past three winters parts of the stone cornice have suffered damage from frost and so protective scaffolding was erected as a precaution.

The works will involve a thorough inspection and overhaul of the masonry to make it secure and more weather proof. They are funded by both Calderdale and Todmorden councils.

The works programme will require temporary scaffold to the whole of the building for the next three months but when repairs are complete, the scaffold will be removed completely and the pavements cleaned.

Chair of the Town Hall Development Group, Coun Ian Cooper said: “This is very welcome news to everyone in Todmorden. The Town Hall is a landmark and stands as a symbol of the town’s heritage. It will be a pleasure to see again the classical facades finally free of scaffolding.”

Calderdale Council’s leader, Coun Janet Battye, said: “We said that we’d do this as soon as possible so I’m really pleased to see that this is now happening.”

Calderdale Council’s cabinet member for economy and environment, Coun Barry Collins, says: “This is one of a number of exciting developments in Todmorden. We are now seeing progress on Bramsche Square; the work we are doing with the Environment Agency; the planting scheme on the site of the former health centre and the re-submitting of the lottery bid for the internal work that needs doing in the Town Hall. We are making real progress.”