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Skipton Town Hall scaffolding to come down

Scaffolding on Skipton Town Hall is due to be removed over the next few weeks as the works to repair the historic building are completed.

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Jerry Croft, which runs along the side of the building, will be closed on Friday March 17 to remove the scaffolding from this elevation. Diversions will be in place to direct access to the Town Hall car park.

The renewal of the roof covering to the front of the building will be complete by the end of the week. The remaining scaffolding will be removed over the next two weeks after some remedial stone repairs have been undertaken.

Paul Ellis, Director of Services at Craven District Council, said: "We're pleased to see these works are being completed. We can now look forward to moving on to the next phase of the project to transform this historic venue into a cultural hub for the whole of Craven."

The contractors, William Birch, are scheduled to complete their works in mid-April. The building has remained open for business during the works and will continue to do so.

Simon Potter, Construction Director at William Birch said: "This phase of the project is a return to the Town Hall for William Birch after completing phase one of the development. It is great to see such significant investment in this important civic building that has periodically suffered from water ingress over the years. We look forward to this stage of the Town Hall's journey being unveiled to the benefit of the whole community."

Once the roof is completed, the new restaurant owners can take over their unit within the building and fit it out.

Work will also take place to repair the ceiling in the council chamber, used by Skipton Town Council, and the electricity supply will also be upgraded.

Further work will take place in the Concert Hall later this spring, funded by the Arts Council, improving equipment, replacing glazing in the windows to improve acoustics, and replacing sound and assisted hearing systems, lighting systems, and projection equipment.

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 and decorated part of the building.

In 2016 Arts Council England granted the council £250,000 to improve the acoustics and upgrade the equipment available in the concert hall, giving opportunity for more creative programming of performances and events.

A development grant of £98,000 has also been received from the Heritage Lottery Fund, and work is now going on to progress ambitious plans for a redevelopment of Craven Museum and Exhibition Gallery, with a round two funding submission due to go in this September.