HAPPY couples could have a new venue for the biggest day of their lives.
Kirklees Council is looking at closing the register office in the Civic Centre and moving ceremonies to a revamped Huddersfield Town Hall.
The council’s cabinet member for regeneration Clr Christine Stanfield hopes to improve facilities on offer to couples.
Yesterday she said: “We plan eventually to move the register office to a more attractive location than its current surroundings.
“Weddings are a key point in people’s lives and the setting of these ceremonies will be part of their memories forever.
“It is only right that the ceremony room should be grander and more impressive than it is now to convey the feeling that a momentous event is taking place.
“The new location will also provide a more prestigious venue for citizenship ceremonies.”
A major refurbishment programme costing more than £500,000 gets underway at the town hall this summer.
Planned work includes ceiling repairs and the refurbishment of meeting rooms and circulation space. Windows will be secondary glazed and web-casting technology will be installed.
Clr Stanfield said: “When the rooms reopen in mid-September customers will see a vast improvement in the decoration, lighting, furniture and equipment.
“One of the rooms being refurbished will become a ceremony room for the registrars. This room will be able to accommodate up to 50 people for weddings, civil ceremonies and citizenship ceremonies. The new-look facilities will help attract more weddings into the town hall.”
The town hall’s new ceremonies room should be available for bookings by next year.
The old register office in the Civic Centre will not be closed until the new venue is up and running.