Council applies to demolish storm-damaged chapel

A GRADE 2 chapel is under threat of demolition.

The roof of the old chapel at Stoney Royd Cemetery, Siddal, Halifax, collapsed in January after severe storms.

Since then the derelict building has been boarded up and the area around it fenced off.

Now Calderdale Council has submitted an application to demolish the building.

People have until this Friday to submit representations.

A council spokeswoman said: "Unfortunately, Calderdale Council has had to apply for listed building consent to pull down the chapel at Stoney Royd Cemetery.

"It is with absolute regret it has taken this decision. The council is committed to maintaining the district's heritage wherever possible. However on this occasion the building is in a dangerous condition and poses serious health and safety risks.

"In its current state the isolated location of the building means it is vulnerable to vandalism and it is restricting the use of part of the cemetery."

The little church was built in the mid-19th century as the main chapel to the cemetery. It was last used for worship in 1990.