Decision day for Victorian landmark

COUNCILLORS will decide today whether to sell Stainland Mechanics' Institute in order to avoid a £500,000 repair bill.

The institute, which was built by public subscription in 1883, was used as a community centre and by a sewing group until last year.

These organisations now have new accommodation and the building is surplus to the needs of Calderdale Council's education department.

The cabinet is expected to agree that the institute, which is valued at about 125,000, should be sold as soon as possible.

"The building has become a liability," according to Calderdale Council's director of children and young people's services, Janet Donaldson.

"Stainland Community Association now uses nearby St Andrew's Church and Stainland Stiches are meeting at Stainland Library.

"Certain areas of the institute have become unfit for habitation for example, the main hall shows daylight through the roof," she said in to a report to council leaders.

Should the council be selling the "family silver"? Email: Yoursay@halifaxcourier.co.uk