Meltham officially has the Carlile Institute back in community hands.

Kirklees Cabinet agreed the asset transfer of the grand Huddersfield Road building, which will become a village hub.

It will become home to the village Post Office, Meltham Town Council, library, a community cafe and will also boast community rooms for meetings and classes.

The formal asset transfer to Meltham Carlile Community Interest Company was signed off by Cabinet, which has also agreed £100,000 in capital funding towards its refurbishment and upgrade.

Clr Graham Turner, Cabinet member for resources, said: “The community interest company has been assessed by council officers and has a robust business plan.

“I welcome the transfer of these assets to the local community. It is just the sort of community-led project that will protect local community facilities as the Kirklees Council budget continues to shrink.

“We need to encourage more communities to get involved and look at ways in which they can run their own buildings and so protect what’s important to them.”

(Video) Get a glimpse inside Meltham's Carlile Institute as community asset transfer campaigners explain vision for the future  

Ownership of the Carlile was transferred to Kirklees when it formed 40 years ago, but services were moved out due to the high maintenance costs.

Last September a group of residents stepped forward to seek an asset transfer – and they already had some heavyweight support.

The Post Office agreed a main branch could open there, giving the building a regular customer base.

The CIC which will manage the building is opening it up for community, social, leisure and educational purposes, as well as income-generating commercial space.

The relocation of Meltham Library services into the Carlile Institute means the former Town Hall will now be subject to an asset review.

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