Halifax has an abundance of unique features - but we are at a crossroads

Local gem: Harveys department store
Local gem: Harveys department store

A recent article in the Yorkshire Post regarding ‘Business in the Community’ made significant points regarding the survival requirements of similar towns to Halifax - particularly in the North of England and I quote - “If individual high streets are to flourish in the face of the Internet revolution and the dominance of the major supermarkets they need to retain a strong local identity”.

Apart from being part of this commercial malaise - Halifax is fortunate to have an abundance of unique advantages - we are about to commence the refurbishment, costing many millions of pounds, of England’s only surviving ‘Piece Hall’ coupled with the extension and improvements to ‘The Centre of the Arts’ Square Chapel, then our new High-Tec Library, The National Children’s Museum ‘Eureka’, Halifax Minster and then hopefully ‘the next project waiting to happen’ - the necessary major improvements to our Railway Station.
The list of advantages associated with our town are legion and include its outstanding geographical location virtually in the centre of the UK motorway system and adjacent to some of West Yorkshire’s finest countryside.
A strong minded knowledgeable and intelligent project leader with drive is needed - I can think of a ‘man for all seasons’ who could do it but I am not sure ‘Roger’ would like to!
Shakespeare wrote many truisms which are as applicable today as when he wrote then 500 years ago - one that comes to mind from Julius Caeser reads, “There is a tide in the affairs of men which, taken at the flood, leads onto fortune; omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries and on such a full sea are we now afloat, and we must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures”.

Peter Green

St Albans Road

Halifax