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Temporary road closure to allow Skipton Town Hall works to continue

A road in Skipton town centre will be closed on January 12 and 13 to allow building works on Skipton Town Hall to continue.

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Jerry Croft will be closed for two days to allow the contractors to put up a balcony scaffold along the side of the building.

This will mean the road does not need to be closed for the full period of the works, as traffic will be able to pass under the scaffolding once it is in place.

Advance notices of the closure have been put up in the town centre and there will be a diversion in place. The works have been approved by North Yorkshire County Council.

Contractors William Birch and Sons are renewing the roof covering over the front part of the Town Hall, along with carrying out landlord works to enable a restaurant tenant to move in, and the refurbishment of the main foyer. The building is remaining open and functioning while the works take place.

Paul Ellis, Director of Services at Craven District Council, said: "We have worked with the contractors to minimise the disruption to the town centre while these important works take place.

"We apologise for any inconvenience that may arise but the closure is for a short period and 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."

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.

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