Wednesday, 31 October 2012
Hebden Bridge Town Hall now fully wheelchair-accessible
One hundred and fifteen years after it was first built, Hebden Bridge's Town Hall is now for the first time able to welcome everyone with mobility difficulties.
The installation last week of the wheelchair hoist in the ground floor foyer enables wheelchair users to be able to reach the ground floor of the original Victorian Town Hall building for the first time. It was previously accessed up the flight of stairs from St George's Street. The ground floor houses the offices of a number of Calderdale council staff, including the Hebden Bridge neighbourhood officer Jae Campbell.
Access to the rest of the Town Hall, including the Town Council and Parish Council offices, the Council Chamber and the Greenwood Room on the first floor, has been accessible via the lift in the new building since last summer.
"When we first took over the Town Hall building from Calderdale council, one of our major concerns was to make it accessible for everyone. The Victorians bequeathed us a fine landmark building, but unfortunately one which didn't meet today's standards for accessibility. It's taken us a little time, but we're delighted to have finally got there," says Andrew Bibby, Hebden Bridge Community Association trustee.
£5000 towards the cost of the wheelchair hoist has been made available through the South Pennines LEADER programme. The trustees are currently fundraising to meet the additional £4000 cost.
The new Waterfront Hall and the upstairs Terrace Room have also been equipped with hearing induction loop systems, for those hard of hearing.
Previously, on the HebWeb:
How this groundmaking project has developed since 2007
Hebden Bridge's community-run Town Hall: open at last (12 Sept 2012)
BBC's Any Questions? to be recorded in Hebden Bridge (19 July 2012)
Making the Town Hall a creative place for business (3 May 2012)
New choral work to mark opening of community hall (1st April 2012)
Hebden Bridge to host national Ambitious Communities conference (27 March 2012)
Town Hall team seek café and catering operator (19 Feb 2012)
Town Hall looks for enthusiastic project officer (2 Feb 2012)
Town Hall gets Heritage Lottery Fund backing (Dec 2011)
Town Hall will Open Doors as part of National Heritage Weekend
(2nd August 2011)
Pennine Quarry will supply stone for Town Hall (April 2011)
Town Hall Development gets go ahead
Calderdale Council give 125 year lease for Town Hall (26 October 2010)
Town Hall Development Plans go to Calderdale (16 July 2010)
Public consultation on Town Hall plans (May 2010)
Association seeks Treasurer to take on Town Hall role (2 March 2010)
Invitation to see plans for Town Hall (Feb 2010)
Weddings and civil partnerships at Town Hall (Jan 2010)
Town Hall Future Secure (Dec 2009)
Town Hall Group seeks ‘Friends’ (April 2009)
Hebden Bridge Town Hall project: Transfer of Town Hall to community ownership one step closer (March 2009)
HebWeb News: New Charity created to manage Town Hall (Jan 2009)
HebWeb News: Government gives thumbs up to Hebden Bridge Town Hall plans (July 2008)
HebWeb News: Plans to put Town Hall once again at the heart of local life (October 2007)