An elaborate scheme of scaffolding and wooden planks is hiding the council chamber roof as work is carried out to assess and mend cracks in the ceiling.
Councillors and members of the public were still able to get into the chamber for Wednesday’s Full Council meeting at Halifax Town Hall despite the ongoing works.
The damage was discovered following an inspection after the collapse of part of a similar ceiling at the Apollo Theatre in London.
Calderdale Council’s cabinet member for economy and environment, Coun Barry Collins, said: “As soon as we became aware of cracks in part of the plaster work around the central glass area of the chamber ceiling, we carried out an investigation. This showed that the cracks are due to the original nail fixings being old and worn. Plans are in place to fix the ceiling; we are in the process of identifying competitive prices for the works.
“We swiftly took all the steps required to make the chamber safe. Scaffolding is in place to protect the chamber and provide a working platform. The chamber is usable due to the way the scaffolding has been put up.”
There is no indication of how long repairs will take.