Villagers get the keys to their centre

Official handover of keys for Luddenden Civic Institute from Calderdale Council to Luddenden Civic Trust.

Official handover of keys for Luddenden Civic Institute from Calderdale Council to Luddenden Civic Trust.

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Luddenden Foot Community Association (LCA) is finally taken over the running of the village’s civic centre.

Calderdale Council will hand over the historic Station Road building to the LCA on a long-term lease on April 1, but presented the association with the keys to the building on Tuesday.

LCA chiram Robin Murray, said: “The conclusion of this asset transfer is a brilliant result for all who have been involved in trying to obtain the right to keep the centre open for the community.

“Now new challenges lie before the LCA as we seek to keep the building open, finalise our plans to improve the facilities and to put the necessary conditions in place to carry them through.

“Anyone wishing to become involved with these challenges would be welcome, whether it’s a simple membership, corporate funding or giving time to assist in maintaining the operation or using the hall. Get in touch through our website at www.luddenden Foot.org.”

Calderdale councillor Simon Young (Lab, Ludd Foot) said: “I’m really pleased that the years of hard work by local residents has finally paid off.