UPDATE: Government grant for The Ridings re-birth

The Ridings School (now closed) Ovenden
The Ridings School (now closed) Ovenden

THE Cabinet Office has confirmed that the scheme to find new uses for the former Ridings school, at Ovenden, Halifax, is to receive only a share of the £1 million made available for good causes.

It was originally understood that eight projects would receive that amount from the Government’s “Contract Readiness Fund” so that they could buy top quality support to help attract investors.

Now it appears that the figure for The Ridings will be closer to £140,000.

Following the closure of The Ridings in the summer of 2009, Calderdale Council decided to offer the building to a social enterprise or trust which could develop it for the benefit of the local community.

It was eventually decided that Centre at Threeways, a locally-based community association, should use it for office and community space in line with a detailed business plan.

Key anchor tenants are to include: Calderdale Council and the New Beginnings Christian Centre.

The proposal was also designed to ensure the continued provision of sports facilities on the site.

Centre at Threeways intend to expand use of the Ridings to provide homes for a variety of community groups and projects.

The Ridings transfer to Centre at Threeways, a newly formed trust, is the largest community asset transfer in England.