Town hall design bid

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A BID for £360,000 to draw up detailed designs for upgrading Todmorden Town Hall has now been put to the Heritage Lottery Fund.

If it is successful, a second bid will be made in about 15 months for money towards the £7.5 million cost of restoring and transforming the majestic building.

The project includes internal and external refurbishment, improved access, new customer facilities and a new heritage centre.

Restoration could start in January 2013 and be completed towards the end of that year.

The balcony will be extended to provide a film theatre, there will be lifts, improved toilet and a bar.

Margareta Holmstedt, the Mayor of Todmorden, said: “The scheme will improve access dramatically and create new business opportunities for meetings and conferences to ensure a financially sustainable future.”

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