Silsden Town Council: ‘More details needed on town hall refurbishment’

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Silsden Town Council will not decide whether to back town hall refurbishment plans until it receives more details.

Members have demanded that Bradford Council provides evidence the ageing building can be made disability-compliant.

They will consult townspeople on the scheme only after Bradford shows that potential improvements will comply with disability access legislation.

Town mayor Chris Atkinson issued the demand after town councillors discussed Bradford’s draft proposals.

He said this week that his colleagues already knew proper disabled access could not be provided at the town hall as there was no space to build a wheelchair ramp or install a lift.

Coun Atkinson added that proposed adaptations to the upstairs rooms – including a new stage – would take away space used by groups. He said the rooms were fully booked every evening of the week.

Bradford Council has proposed selling the nearby Wesley Place library, using the proceeds to refurbish the town hall, then moving the library into the town hall.

The town council has been working on separate plans to increase community facilities, encompassing the town hall, Wesley Place building and a possible new community centre in Silsden Park.

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