AFTER years of delays, work is finally ready to begin on restoring and making safe the ornate stone work on front of Todmorden Town Hall.
Scaffolding and nets were put up as a precaution in 2010 after it became clear that frost had loosened some of the carvings on the grade 1 listed building.
Now experts are ready to carry out repairs to make it secure and weather proof, paid for by Calderdale Council and Todmorden Town Council.
The work is expected to take about three months to complete after which the scaffolding will be removed and the pavements cleaned.
The chairman of the Town Hall Development Group, Coun Ian Cooper (Con, Todmorden) said the landmark building was a symbol of the town’s heritage. “It will be a pleasure to see again the classical facades finally free of scaffolding.”
Specialists are to carry out a condition survey and together with advisors from English Heritage will make recommendations which will help to develop a full conservation plan.
Calderdale Council’s environment spokesman, Coun Barry Collins, said: “This is one of a number of exciting developments in Todmorden: We are now re-submitting the lottery bid for the internal work that needs doing in the town hall. We are making real progress.”