Lib Dems Halt Tories' £108 million Town Hall Development


Local Liberal Democrats succeeded in calling a halt to Tory plans to build a £94 million, now £108 million, new town hall, office and theatre complex on Calverley Grounds.

Within days of the local elections in May, Liberal Democrat councillors made a formal request for an extraordinary meeting of the Full Council to debate the scheme.

At that meeting on June 17, Council agreed for the Conservative Cabinet to "stop all spending on the Calverley Square project with immediate effect" except for costs associated with completing the current stage of the design process which the Council had already committed to funding.

The Liberal Democrats were also successful with a motion to make sure Full Council votes on whether to start building, rather than leave the decision to the Cabinet of six Conservatives. At the July Full Council meeting our three Liberal Democrat demands, including giving a vote to all councillors, were unanimously supported by councillors.

A council vote on the continuation of the project is expected today, October 8, 2019.


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