Let the battle commence - save our jail

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A campaign to save a former Halifax jail has been launched by concerned residents.

The future of the Illingworth Gaol and Stocks looked in jeopardy when the council revealed it was looking to sell the property for residential purposes.

But now there could be light at the end of the tunnel after Calderdale Council agreed to put plans to sell on hold for six months, allowing campaigners to offer alternative arrangements.

A meeting this week proposed possible solutions, as the Illingworth Jail and Stocks Preservation Group discussed preliminary options, including using the jail for educational purposes, community groups or even as a coffee shop.

Group founder Terry Melia said: “So far it seems that things are going OK and we seem to have a lot of support locally. We want peoples ideas, we want to involve the whole community.”

Those interested in getting involved are invited to come along to the group’s next meeting at Whitehall School on June 26.