How The Piece Gardens will look

What objectors and supporters said at the ruling on the £3m Halifax regeneration plan

Major multi-million pound plans to revamp Halifax town centre have won support despite reservations from some councillors and opposition to demolition of a building from heritage groups.

Improvement works for the town centre and the A629 route which include creating a new public area called the Piece Garden opposite the Piece Hall and improving bus, cycle and pedestrian facilities, will come at the cost of losing the Hughes Corporation building to demolition and some town centre parking spaces and subways. This is what councillors, supporters and objectors said at the planning meeting as they made a decision on the proposals.

Coun Baines said he was in favour of the proposals  but had serious concerns about some parts. He added the application should have been split into separate schemes as he was now placed in the position of having to vote against the whole because there were parts he was concerned about.

5. Coun Stephen Baines (Con, Northowram and Shelf)

Coun Baines said he was in favour of the proposals but had serious concerns about some parts. He added the application should have been split into separate schemes as he was now placed in the position of having to vote against the whole because there were parts he was concerned about.
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Coun Peel pointed out that Halifax had been clever in the past in reprieving historic buildings in poor shape just in time, including the Piece Hall and Square Chapel and wondered if the triangular shaped Hughes Corporation building could somehow be fitted into the plan.

6. Coun Colin Peel (Con, Brighouse)

Coun Peel pointed out that Halifax had been clever in the past in reprieving historic buildings in poor shape just in time, including the Piece Hall and Square Chapel and wondered if the triangular shaped Hughes Corporation building could somehow be fitted into the plan.
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Coun Machell said it was a great vision with the Piece Garden a key feature.'Now when coming in you will be able to view that green space, you will be able to see the Minster there and all the streets which are full of heritage, what Halifax has to offer.

7. Coun Carol Machell (Lab, Todmorden)

Coun Machell said it was a great vision with the Piece Garden a key feature.'Now when coming in you will be able to view that green space, you will be able to see the Minster there and all the streets which are full of heritage, what Halifax has to offer.
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Coun Shoukat said the plans to pedestrianise areas like Market Street would ensure it was a safe area for families to walk about. He said of the changes: There is still that 19th and early 20th century industrial town  you can almost smell the chimneys. This is light and airy.

8. Coun Faisal Shoukat, left, (Lab, Park)

Coun Shoukat said the plans to pedestrianise areas like Market Street would ensure it was a safe area for families to walk about. He said of the changes: There is still that 19th and early 20th century industrial town you can almost smell the chimneys. This is light and airy.
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