TEMPORARY moves to improve access for disabled people to Huddersfield Town Hall's council chamber will be carried out while options for its long-term refurbishment are prepared.
Clr Paul Battye, Cabinet member responsible for administration and business, said a number of short-term options had been looked at to improve wheelchair access to the chamber.
"The council chamber in the town hall is the one used for all meetings of the full council and other meetings as well.
"It does not currently comply with the Disability Discrimination Act, which comes into effect this month," said Clr Battye.
He said that while longer-term plans were being considered there would be immediate improvements on access for the disabled and to provide more space for wheelchairs.
"The layout of the chamber has its problems with a number of steps up from the two principal entrances to the chamber to the main seating area.
"However, by using a door that connects the Mayor's hospitality room with the public area of the chamber it will be possible to provide more space and easier access for wheelchairs," he said.
Clr Battye explained: "There is a lot of concern about the layout of the chamber, its physical condition, acoustics and lack of facilities.
"There are listed building issues that will need to be taken into account, so it may take up to two years for a full refurbishment to be completed."
He added that if the temporary arrangements did not prove satisfactory, the possibility of holding full council meetings in the main hall would be considered.