Sale of Register Office set to bring in 'substantial sum'

Bradford's Register Office

Bradford's Register Office

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , City Hall Reporter

The proposed sale of Bradford Register Office is expected to bring in a “significant” amount of cash for the Council, the report says.

Earlier this year Bradford Council unveiled plans to move the Register Office services into City Hall and sell off the Victorian building in Manor Row, Bradford, as part of the ten-year plan.

A feasibility study has now been done and discussions are currently being held with staff and unions about moving the register office next year.

Coun Thornton said they wanted to time any transfer so it created the least disruption.

He said: “There’s a high season for people getting married.”

A £300,000 scheme to move Silsden library into a revamped Silsden town hall is one of the projects nearing completion.

The old library was under-occupied, wasn’t wheelchair-accessible and also had a maintenance backlog, the report says.

Similarly, Silsden town hall wasn’t compliant with disability regulations and was in need of improvement.

The Council also owned nearby Wesley Place, a derelict building which hadn’t been used for seven years.

So Silsden town hall is currently being refurbished to make it wheelchair-accessible, and the library service has also been moved inside the building.

As part of the project, both the old library building and Wesley Place are being sold off, while the town hall’s grand re-opening is set for February 8.

The report says: “The refurbished town hall provides a local hub for community events, meetings, theatrical performances and library services.”

One of the problems discovered in the past year was repair work which needed to be done to City Hall’s chimney stacks.

As work was being done on roof repairs, considerable structural damage was discovered to the chimneys of the Grade I listed Gothic landmark.

Coun Thornton said: “To date we have completed repairs to three chimneys with a cost of almost £100,000. We have commenced works on three further chimneys, and works will be completed in spring.”

He said the cost of this wasn’t being covered by the Property Programme and was instead being met by the Council’s maintenance budget.

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