Putting back the hands of time

Square Church clock has been restored as part of the new Central Library and Archive in Halifax, West Yorkshire. 

When it opened in 1857, Square Church, with its 235 ft (71.5 m) clock tower and spire, was taller than any other building in the town and soon became a prominent local landmark.  

The church closed in 1969 and the roof and interior were destroyed by fire in 1971.  The majority of the building was demolished in 1976, however the tower and spire remain largely intact and it is one of the three principal steeples of Halifax.  

11th July, 2017

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Halifax Visitor Centre on the move

Halifax Visitor Centre will be open for more days per week when it moves into its beautiful new home at the newly built Central Library and Archive.

At the moment the Calderdale Council-run centre is based in the current Central Library on Northgate in Halifax, which opens five days a week.

When the new Central Library and Archive opens next to the Piece Hall, both the library and the visitor centre will be open six days a week.

11th July, 2017

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Transport investment contributing to improved air quality and bus reliability in West Yorkshire

At today’s meeting of West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s Transport Committee, Chair Cllr Keith Wakefield welcomed the progress that is being made through measures to improve local air quality.

In addition to approving almost £4m of investment in transport schemes across West Yorkshire, today’s meeting heard confirmation that the Combined Authority’s successful bid to the Government Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) Ultra Low Emission Taxi Scheme will result in 88 new electric vehicle charge points across West Yorkshire for dedicated use by taxis and private hire vehicles.

10th July, 2017

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Have your say on major plans for Halifax town centre

Local people are being invited to find out more about exciting plans for once-in-a-lifetime travel improvements and regeneration in Halifax town centre.

Calderdale Council is holding a public information session at Halifax Town Hall on Tuesday 18 July from 4pm to 7pm, on a drop-in basis. Attendees can talk to staff working on the project, ask questions, give feedback and see images of the proposed developments.

7th July, 2017

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Opportunity to relieve congestion in Brighouse whilst facilitating job creation and housing.

The Clifton New Employment Site took a step forward when it was assigned as an Enterprise Zone in 2015, and the subsequent development of ideas to maximise this designation has now provided the data to submit a bid for £4.5M of Department of Transport funding.

Calderdale Council has made the case for a road across the Employment Site to relieve congestion at the A643/A644 roundabout whilst providing improved access to the employment land on either side of the proposed road and increased capacity for a garden suburb in the surrounding district (Subject to the new Local Plan).

4th July, 2017

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Halifax Town Centre Improvements - Public Information Event.

A public information event has been organised for:

Tuesday 18th July 2017 4-7pm at Halifax Town Hall, Crossley Street, Halifax, HX1 1UN

27th June, 2017

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The Piece Hall to re-open on Yorkshire Day

The Piece Hall in Halifax will re-open its gates to the public on Tuesday 1 August 2017 after the completion of Calderdale Council’s multi-million pound transformation programme, which includes support of £7million from The National Lottery. 

At 10am on Yorkshire Day the bell above the west gate will be rung to echo the first day of trading at The Piece Hall on 1 January 1779.

28th April, 2017

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Company appointed to drive forward rail station masterplan for Halifax

Ambitious plans for the future of Halifax train station have taken a stride forward. Calderdale Council has appointed the Leeds office of global professional services and engineering consultancy WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff to take forward plans to deliver the ‘Halifax Station Gateway’.

27th April, 2017

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Leave the car at home for 1 in 5

A new campaign to encourage people to leave their car at home one day a week will launch in Calderdale this April.

By persuading people to take at least one in five of their journeys by bike, foot, train or bus, Calderdale Council hopes the campaign will encourage people to be more physically active, improve air quality and help make local towns and villages safer.

5th April, 2017

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Leeds Beckett business centre to drive economic growth in Halifax

Leeds Beckett University, in partnership with Calderdale Council, is launching a new initiative to drive growth amongst early-stage and growing businesses.

The University Business Centre will be based at Piece Mill in Halifax, situated next to the historic Piece Hall, which is currently undergoing a multi-million pound transformation programme and will re-open later this year.

20th March, 2017

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