Spotlight falls on the Piece Hall plan

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NEARLY 900 people have so far commented on plans to transform the Piece Hall into a centre for public festivities and specialist retailers.

It is a little over a week since the final imaginative designs went on display in a bid to attract £6.7 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Money from the council and other sources is expected to enable nearly £16 million to be spent on the project, a start on which is due to be made in 2013.

Plans and drawings on show beside the Piece Hall visitor centre until October 7 give a glimpse of how the magnificent Grade 1 listed building could look by 2015.

Calderdale Council will put its proposals to the lottery organisers in March.

They include repairing and restoring the fabric of the building, repaving the courtyard to provide a new town square and a flexible space to hold events, improving the units so existing and new businesses can grow and thrive.

There will be a new heritage centre, so people can learn about the history of the Piece Hall, and the people who have played a part in its life during 220 years.

Community services spokeswoman Pauline Nash said: “Nearly 900 people have so far taken the time to express their views and many more have seen the plans, and chatted to us about their hopes for the future.”

More details at www.calderdale.gov.uk.