An innovative community partnership company is calling on good folk of the town to regenerate three prominent former council buildings.
Fire and Water is driving force behind a huge social initiative to restore Sowerby Bridge’s old fire station and former council offices and swimming pool on Hollins Mill Lane.
To prevent further structural damage caused by dry rot, a team of 20-30 volunteers are removing plaster and old partition walls ahead of the official asset transfer from Calderdale Council to Fire and Water as part of a community vision to turn the disused buildings into a creative and social space for the people.
But, members are calling on the community to get involved in their new project.
Fire and Water member, Robin Hawdon, said: “Whether people are fully or less abled there’s something they can get involved in. We need the help of local people - this is their centre to be a part of.”
Mr Hawdon said the partnership would also be appreciative of local business material and expertise support.
Nearby EPS Hire Centre and Halifax’s DD Porter Limited have already lent support.
Volunteers are currently working on the former council offices and work will start on the other premises over the coming weeks.
Chair of Fire and Water Phil Hawdon said: “We want the buildings to be ready ahead of our Winter Light Festival as we want to incorporate the buildings to add an internal dimension to our outdoor festival. We’re paving the way for the big project.”
To volunteer see the groups facebook page or call 01422 834291.