A move to ‘bring Holmfirth Civic Hall home’ is off to a great start, says a parish councillor.
More than 150 people turned up at short notice to a public meeting to discuss Kirklees Council’s plans to transfer the asset.
And Clr Donna Bellamy said the response to a Holme Valley Parish Council bid to take on the hall was ‘fantastic’.
“I was really impressed by the strength of feeling,” said Clr Bellamy, who is also a Kirklees Conservative councillor for the Colne Valley.
She said Kirklees is transferring many buildings in the district - and the Civic Hall is just one.
The parish council has submitted an expression of interest and an application to take on the building.
A business plan has to follow, for which a lot of work has already been done. And a special committee has been set up to oversee the work.
“The attendance at the meeting shows how passionate people are about this iconic building,” said Clr Bellamy, chairman of the special committee.
Separate workshops were held to gauge how people want the hall to be used and if they would be prepared to pay an extra precept to cover the cost.
“From the responses, this was very positive,” said Clr Bellamy.
“There were also lots of ideas, which is good as the hall is a bit under-used at the moment.”
Councillors are now working to a deadline of February 14 for submitting the business plan.
“I hope our bid will be successful,” said Clr Bellamy.
“The parish council wants to save the civic hall for the community. It is a community building and we want to keep it that way.
“Bring the building home to where it belongs - Holmfirth.”
Clr Bellamy said anyone with ideas for the bid should contact the parish council.