Piece Hall scheme ‘does not tie in with a new town library’

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The MAN leading the Piece Hall redevelopment says the scheme has no ties to plans for a new library.

Robin Tuddenham, director of communities, said the council bid for £7 million in funding from the Heritage Lottery Foundation exists in isolation.

“The Piece Hall will stand or fall on its own, whether or not the library happens,” he said. “

“It would be wrong to say there wouldn’t be benefits with increased footfall but there is enough going on round there with the Orangebox and Square Chapel.” The Courier revealed yesterday that the cost of the development has risen from £16 million to £19 million with an increased contribution from the council. But Mr Tuddenham said: “You can’t put a price on improving this building.

“After York Minster, it is the most important building in Yorkshire.

“We are trying to create a 50 to 60-year legacy with this project with renewal and maintenance plans built in.

“If the bid isn’t successful we will have to look at our plans and find a lower cost level to improve the Piece Hall.

“It wouldn’t give us the unique building for the future that we hope to create for the whole of Calderdale.”