Shay will get £120,000

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EXTRA funding for further improvements at the Shay has been given the green light by a scrutiny panel.

As reported in the Courier over £100,000 is needed for small-scale improvements including lighting, fencing and walkways.

Members of Calderdale Council Use of Resources Scrutiny Panel examined a report which confirmed a further £120,000 is needed despite £5 million having already been spent on the ground.

Improvements are also needed to the ground’s PA system, erecting fencing, repairing loose coping stones, checking lightening protection and to the concrete perimeter fencing.

Iron girders can be still be seen on the East Stand despite the stand being in use since March 2010.

The North Stand is closed to spectators following concerns about the terracing.

The work was recommended by the council’s capital programme working group.

No comments or recommendations were put forward by the panel so the decision by the Cabinet to spend the money will stand.

The report, prepared by chief finance officer Mark Bottomley, also laid out plans for allocation of £205,000 to progress the development bid at the Piece Hall.

This money would be needed to progress the bid to the first stage of the process. While £400,000 is to be reallocated to support the renovation of the Todmorden Town Hall scheme.

The funds are needed to obtain match funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

l Should your taxes be spent on further improvements at the Shay? And do you think the Shay will ever be finished? Email your views to yoursay@ halifaxcourier.co.uk