Talks held over £25,000 for Silsden police contact point

9:00am Friday 2nd August 2013

Councillors have entered talks over who should spend the £25,000 earmarked for a police contact point in Silsden.

Silsden Town Council members are negotiating with Bradford Council over the future use of the fund.

The £25,000 was originally provided by West Yorkshire Police in 2005 after it decided to close the town’s police station.

Bradford Council looked after the money for several years, then two years ago asked Silsden Town Council to use it to provide a community facility in the town.

Bradford last month claimed Silsden had been given a specific time frame to come up with a proposal and the deadline had passed with no action.

Town council chairman Chris Atkinson insisted the money was specifically for a contact point at Silsden Library in Wesley Place and nothing could be done until the future of the building was known.

Bradford plans to sell the Wesley Place building to fund refurbishments of Silsden Town Hall, and district councillor Andrew Mallinson hopes to use the £25,000 police money as part of the project.

District and town councillor Adrian Naylor said the current talks concerned the circumstances in which the money was originally given and whether there were any restrictions on how it should be spent.

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