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Major work set to begin on Skipton Town Hall

Major work to prepare for the occupation of a restaurant tenant and repair the roof at Skipton Town Hall is set to start on October 10.

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Craven District Council has awarded the contract for the work to William Birch and Sons, to carry out landlord works to enable a restaurant tenant to move in, renew the roof covering over the front part of the building and refurbish the main foyer.

The project is due to be completed early in the new year. 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.

Due to the works, Jerry Croft will need to be closed on October 24-25 to put bridging scaffolding along the Jerry Croft elevation of the building. This will enable the road to remain open during the rest of the contract.

The site compound will be placed in the area at the front of the Town Hall, which means relocating Skipton Town Council's Christmas tree for this year.

Paul Ellis, Director of Services at Craven District Council, said: "These works are crucial for both the long-term survival of the Town Hall and for us to deliver the exciting plans we have for the redevelopment of the Town Hall as a cultural destination.

"We apologise for any inconvenience that may arise and will be working with the contractors to keep disruption to a minimum. The compound will be made as visually attractive as possible and we have offered assistance to Skipton Town Council over the siting of their Christmas tree."

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.