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Plans to repair Skipton Town Hall roof

Craven District Council has put forward plans to repair the roof at Skipton Town Hall.

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The work, costing around £180,000, will take place in the autumn, if the planning application is approved.

The council is requesting listed building consent to renew the roof covering over the front part of the building, over the new commercial unit and the Town Council offices, and replace the rainwater goods.

Following the roof work, internal repairs will also be completed, including repairs to the ceiling in the Council Chamber which has been damaged by water.

Work will also take place on the commercial unit at the front of the building to make it suitable for a new tenant to move in.

Paul Ellis, Director of Services at Craven District Council, said: "The current refurbishment project at the Town Hall highlighted that the roof section was in a poor condition resulting in water leaking into areas within the building, and councillors approved funding to renew the roof covering earlier this year.

"We are letting some sections of the Town Hall on a commercial basis precisely so that we can continue to invest in the long term upkeep of the building, including the roof."

The building will remain open and functioning while the works take place, with scaffolding on the outside of the building and a compound for storage in front of the Town Hall.

The work is expected to take around three months.

Craven District Council is currently refurbishing the building in phases. The first phase is complete and has created an accessible entrance, replaced the public toilets on the ground floor, created a commercial unit on the ground floor and refurbished office space in the first floor with lift access to let and decorated part of the building.

Earlier this year Arts Council England granted the council £250,000 to improve the acoustics and upgrade the equipment available in the concert hall.