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5 years ago

nA planning inspector has ruled that 49 flats can be built on the site of the former Hartwell Ford car showroom in Skircoat Road, Halifax. Councillors had turned the plan down because it was out of character with the area and had two many apartments.

nCalderdale has scooped a string of awards in the Yorkshire in Bloom competition. Halifax won a silver gilt in the large towns category and other winners were Brighouse, Ludden-den, Mill Bank, Ripponden and Sowerby Bridge.

25 years ago

nKirklees Hall looks set to become a 30-bedroom country-house hotel. The 16th-century hall at Clifton, the family seat of the Armytage family, has been sold to a Leeds firm for about £450,000. Facilities will include conference rooms, a sports and leisure centre, pool and four restaurants.

nHalf of all early morning, late night and weekend bus services could be scrapped because of spending restrictions. These services are subsidised by the West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Authority, which has been told to cut spending from £69 million a year to £57 million.

50 years ago

nOne of the North’s leading over-’60s choirs, Hebden Royd and Hepton, will have no fewer than three separate choirs in the Blackpool Musical Festival. There will be mixed, women’s and men’s choirs in the same class, which means that all the members will be able to take part.

nHalifax Town Council is to speed up its slum clearance programme after the chairman of the housing committee, Alderman Eric Whitehead, said that “thousands of people are living in scandalous conditions” and the longer the council procrastinated the worse the problem would become.