Ossett Town Hall set for further refurbishment

16/03/2020, PR-9335

​Ossett Town Hall is set to receive a £2.2million investment boost if plans are approved by Wakefield Council’s Cabinet next week.

The money will pay for the refurbishment of the auditorium and public areas, in order to improve its facilities and preserve the listed nature of the building.

It will also go towards preserving the structural integrity of the building, including the roof.

Cabinet have already allocated £500,000 to relocate the library to the Town Hall and to install a new lift that will give full access to the first floor.

It is hoped the further refurbishment will encourage more artists and productions to the already popular main auditorium and it will also add rentable meeting spaces for community groups and businesses and provide office accommodation for some Council services.

Cllr Michael Graham
Cllr Michael Graham

​Cllr Michael Graham, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Resources, said: “The preservation of Ossett Town Hall is really important to our residents.

“Plans to make the building more accessible and relocate the library have already breathed new life into one of the town’s most prestigious landmarks and this further repair and refurbishment will enhance that experience further.

“We can create better use of space to accommodate community groups and local businesses and make the building more attractive for events and shows – we want to make the Town Hall the heart of the town centre and preserve it for future generations.”

Members of Wakefield Council’s Cabinet are meeting on 24 March at 10.30am at Wakefield Town Hall. The meeting can be watched live or later on the Council’s website.