Council calls for a review of market

Stock pic of Halifax Borough Market interior with clock. Soughtgate, Halifax possibly 2002
Stock pic of Halifax Borough Market interior with clock. Soughtgate, Halifax possibly 2002

COUNCILLORS have set plans in motion for a review of Calderdale’s markets.

The economy and environment scrutiny panel met at Halifax Town Hall and recommended a cabinet working panel be set up to look into options.

The full cabinet will have to consent to the recommendation but assuming that happens the working panel will report to the Scrutiny Panel with suggestions including the potential of Todmorden town council taking over running Todmorden market.

David Moore, head of regeneration, also presented a report on Halifax Borough Market, which was recently upgraded by English Heritage to a Grade 2* listed building. He said that the condition of the building was one of the biggest issues and a plan would need to be decided on how any repair works would be carried out.

“We can either close the market and face a loss of income,” said Mr Moore.

“Or we can try to do the work while still trading but as a rough rule of thumb that would double the estimate of costs.”

Geraldine Carter (Con, Ryburn) said: “It’s a national treasure. We should treat it as special. The longer we keep on doing more reports the fabric of the building is going into disrepair.”

Colin Raistrick (Ind, Hipperholme & Lightcliffe) suggested setting up a scheme where apprentices carry out the repair work as part of their training.

The panel requested that officers report back at the next meeting with greater details on the condition of the building, costs and a working timetable, housing options and sources of funding, the implications of the listing upgrade and any legal issues.