Revamp aims to make landmark property ‘the heart of the town centre’

Extensive works have started to refurbish Ossett Town Hall.

The project will relocate the library from its current, temporary home on the ground floor, to a larger, refurbished and more suitable location on the first floor.

Works include the installation of a new lift allowing access for all to the first floor.

Much needed restoration will also be carried out to the roof, clock tower and stone repairs along the parapets.

Funding has been secured to install new lighting on the roof, clock tower and first floor decorative stonework, highlighting the restored features on the property.

Councillor Darren Byford, Wakefield Council’s cabinet member with responsibility for property, said: “The preservation of Ossett Town Hall is really important to our residents.

“Plans to make the building more accessible and relocate the library have already breathed new life into one of the town’s most prestigious landmarks and this further repair and refurbishment will enhance that experience further.

“We can create better use of space to accommodate community groups and local businesses and make the building more attractive for events and shows. We want to make the Town Hall the heart of the town centre and preserve it for future generations.”

Cllr Michael Graham, Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport, added: “I’m pleased that work is getting underway to create an improved library service for the people of Ossett.

“The new lift will open the library service and first floor space up to everyone, making the Town Hall more accessible for all.

“Investing in the Town Hall will help sustain this historic building as well as giving residents a larger, refurbished library service in a more suitable location on the first floor.”

The library and lift works are expected to be finished by November this year, with the full scheme expected to be completed by the end of the year.