WORK on Stalybridge’s Civic Hall is likely to begin in January.
Last month, The Correspondent told how Tameside Council was left stunned by the revelation the cost to sort out the roof has ballooned by £1.1 million.
However, the money to pay for a full replacement rather than a repair has been found and it is believed work will begin just after the turn of the year.
The Civic Hall, which many feel should be turned into something much like Altrincham Market or Manchester’s Mackie Mayor, was opened up at the last edition of Stalybridge Street Feast on September 10.
On show were cutlasses from the old Stalybridge police constabulary along with other artefacts.
Designed as an event to show the history of the Grade II listed building, people could also find out about the planned repairs and proposal for other parts of the town centre.
Tameside Council say a study of the Civic Hall is currently taking place to establish the potential future use for the 150-year-old structure.
And following a successful funding bid to Historic England and with match funding from Tameside Council, the £2.5m Stalybridge Town Centre Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) hopes to help to regenerate areas such as Market Street and help to restore the town’s historic character.
The authority says: “Design work is underway on the Heritage Walk part of the project to enhance the appearance of the conservation area along Market Street and upgrade the walking routes in the town.
“Discussions are underway with targeted locations along the Heritage Walk as part of a repair and reinstatement grant scheme to carry out work to reinstate historic features and enhance the front of the premises.”
Cllr Oliver Ryan, Tameside Council’s executive member for finance and economic growth, and Cllr Sam Gosling, chairman of the Stalybridge Advisory Group, said: “It’s fantastic we have such a diverse programme of work planned for Stalybridge over the next few years that will further enhance the town centre.”
Stalybridge Street Feast part three also showed signs of further taking root in the town, with more stalls around Armentieres Square and even The Hippie Boat setting up on the canal.