Our new Central Library opens – the next chapter!

Readers young and old will have the chance to explore the new Central Library and Archives in Halifax, when it opens to the public for the first time at 9.30am on Tuesday 5 September.

This is the next stage of the remarkable transformation of Halifax Town Centre, with the new library opening next to the Piece Hall and Square Chapel creating a vibrant cultural, heritage and learning quarter.

23rd August, 2017

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The Piece Hall is open.

​At 10am on Yorkshire Day the bell above the west gate was rung by Hannah Cockroft MBE, echoing the first day of trading at The Piece Hall on 1 January 1779. The opening marks the transition of the management of the building from the Council to The Piece Hall Trust and is a celebration of the restoration and transformation of the Grade I listed building.

4th August, 2017

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A629 Phase 1a start date announced.

Work to widen the A629 at Salterhebble will begin later this month as part of a series of works on the route between Halifax and Huddersfield. To minimise disruption during the works, which will start on August 21, a detailed traffic management strategy has been developed, with multiple individual lengths of highways being worked upon in turn.

4th August, 2017

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Halifax Town Centre Public Event

Calderdale Council hosted a public information event at Halifax Town Hall on Tuesday 18 July. On display was the preliminary design, traffic model and artists impressions of the proposed transformation scheme for Halifax Town Centre; aimed at reducing congestion, improving facilities for pedestrians and increasing the amount of public realm.

19th July, 2017

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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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