Civic centre on hold

PLANS for a new civic centre in Elland costing nearly £4 million have been put on hold.

The council announced a year ago that it wanted to combine its offices, the library, Wainwright Hall, the clinic, and the town’s police station in a building on the site of the Coronation Street car park.

The three-storey building would also incorporate meeting rooms, a business enterprise centre and possibly some shops.

Money was set aside for a £35,000 feasibility study to pave the way for a planning application.

But after a review of building and improvement schemes, Calderdale Council Cabinet project board “put the study on hold pending further development”.

According to communities director Robin Tuddenham, the buildings which the new civic centre could replace are not in good condition and would probably be sold.

Elland Library was identified as a top priority for replacement in 2008 as the upper floor is unused and has dry rot. Wainwright Hall contains several unused rooms and the council’s payments office is not ideally located.

The primary care trust and the police use space in Ellen Royd, an Edwardian mansion owned by the council, which is facing growing maintenance bills.

Councillor Diane Park (Ind, Elland) said a new civic building would be welcome but parking could be a major problem.