The roofs at two Calderdale markets that are in varying states of disrepair will get a £500k boost as Calderdale Council launches its transformation programme.
Work will start first at Halifax Borough Market, from Monday April 3 and is scheduled to last 18 weeks, with repairs to Todmorden Market following in May.
Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, Councillor Barry Collins, said: “Our Victorian Markets are real focal points in both Halifax and Todmorden, but as expected in buildings of this age, repairs are now needed to make sure they’re fit for purpose.
“We really value the contribution that markets make to all our local communities. That’s why we’re investing in their future, ensuring they’re a place to meet, eat and shop for many years to come.”
Halifax Borough Market opened in 1896 and unfortunately, although many original elements still exist, many of these need repairing or replacing.
The list of repairs include replacing broken panes of glass in the roof lights and gullies will be cleared and reinstated where necessary.
Improvements are also being made to the insulation, improving energy efficiency and temperature control in the market.
Areas that currently leak water will also be repaired and the internal ceiling and columns redecorated.
Water leaks are also a major issue at Todmorden Market Hall, and so a completely new roof is being provided.
The glass panels in the market hall will also be removed and replaced with a double glazing ventilation system.
Coun Susan Press (Todmorden, Labour) said: “Todmorden Market is one of our greatest assets and a vital part of our retail and visitor economy. The new roof and other improvements will ensure its future and be a real boost to our town.”
Disruption for both traders and visitors to the markets will be kept to a minimum while work at each market is carried out.
Scaffolding is being put up outside of working hours to allow the markets to continue as normal. However, space around stalls in Halifax Borough Market will be reduced whilst work is taking place.