Bid goes in for hall scheme funding

THE Todmorden Town Hall Development Group has submitted a £360,000 bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The group has applied for funding for the project to restore the building to its former glory.

It will encompass internal and external refurbishment, improved access, new customer facilities and a new heritage centre.

The scheme has received support from Calderdale Council, Todmorden Town Council and from the wider community in the town.

Mayor of Todmorden Coun Margareta Holmstedt, who is also a representative on the development group, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to develop and restore Todmorden’s wonderful town hall to be enjoyed by future generations.

“The scheme will improve access dramatically and new business opportunities for meetings and conferences will ensure a financially sustainable future.”

If successful, the funding will allow the group to undertake the detailed design and project planning required for the complex heritage project.

This work will take up to 15 months and would be followed by a second bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund. If that is successful, construction and restoration would commence in January 2013.

The total cost is expected to be in the region of £7.5m.

The formal re-opening of the town hall would take place later that same year.

Coun Janet Battye, leader of Calderdale Council, said: “These proposals would ensure that the town hall will remain at the heart of its community.”