Fears over Silsden town hall and library allayed

3:40pm Friday 20th January 2012

Silsden town councillors have been assured that the town hall and library are safe.

Bradford Council leader Ian Greenwood gave the confirmation after fears were raised over the future of both buildings.

Ward councillor Andrew Mallinson had expressed concern about a planned review of Bradford’s assets in Silsden scheduled for this month, fearing the council was looking for ways to cut costs and make money at the expense of Silsden residents. Local councillors raised their concerns with Coun Greenwood when he visited the town council.

Town council chairman Chris Atkinson said Coun Greenwood had subsequently written to put his members’ concerns to rest.

He said: “Coun Greenwood said categorically the town hall will not be sold. The library is staying put. There are no plans in the foreseeable future.”

Coun Atkinson said the town council would consider taking on the running of the town hall only if major improvements were made to the building.

It will next week meet with Bradford Council’s asset management officers to talk about other Bradford-owned assets in the village.

Meanwhile, the town council has completed the purchase of land in Bridge Street from Bradford Council, for use as a community area and resident are being asked for ideas on how to use the land. Suggestions so far include a memorial garden, Queen’s Jubilee Garden, or peace garden for the Royal British Legion.

Anyone with ideas should email council clerk Lesley Corcoran on silsdentownclerk2@blueyonder.co.uk.

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