Luddenden Foot Civic Institute could be transferred to the local community

Transfer: Luddenden Foot Civic Institute
Transfer: Luddenden Foot Civic Institute

A COMMUNITY’S efforts to take over a village centre could be realised on Monday.

Council officers are recommending the cabinet approves the transfer of Luddenden Foot Civic Institute.

Residents formed the Luddenden Foot Community Association and bid to take over the building through the Community Asset Management Framework.

Calderdale Council wants to dispose of the asset as part of budget savings and cabinet approval is needed due to it not being sold at full market value.

It has to be satisfied the transfer would be acceptable under disposal guidelines. The proposal is for a 25-year lease and a management agreement with the association for the building to be used as a sustainable community resource.

The council said a robust management agreement was needed due to risks associated with the proposal.

The building, on Station Road, is currently used by five community groups and four football teams.

A report to cabinet states the association has submitted a revised business plan addressing previous highlighted weaknesses.

It would be transferred at nil cost and the association would meet running costs and repairs through projected income and grants.

Ward Coun Christine Bampton-Smith (Lib-Dem) said: “I am fully in favour. Asset transfers are a positive way of giving power to local communities.

“I believe that transferring Calderdale buildings to community ownership is one of the best ways of ensuring the long term sustainability and usage of buildings.”