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Town Hall's future looks 'safe'
Trafford Town Hall (courtesy of Aidan O'Rourke eyeonmanchester.com)
The town hall was built in 1933
Plans to demolish Trafford Town Hall and redevelop the site for Lancashire County Cricket Club (LCCC) have suffered a major setback.

The LCCC, which is next door, wants to redevelop the land and the proposals would mean Trafford Council moving to a new headquarters.

But a steering committee has objected to the plan which will go before the council for a final decision.

LCCC said redevelopment plans could still go ahead for the area.

Council leader Susan Williams is determined to save the Town Hall.

She said: "We are restating our determination to preserve the architectural and historical integrity of the original town hall for the people of the borough.

Preserve heritage

"We have spent time investigating fully the condition and suitability of the building and the costs of various options for its future.

"It is important that any decisions represent good value for money for people of the borough."

Jim Coombes from LCCC said it would be an advantage to have the Town Hall land, but they were looking at other sites in the area.

"Not getting the land isn't a deal breaker. We might still be able to use the land with the Town Hall building on it," he said.

"We have looked at sites opposite the City of Manchester stadium and even as far as Wigan.

"But we decided to stay at Old Trafford because of the great history and terrific brand name."

The existing building, built in 1933 on Talbot Road, Stretford, requires imminent investment of 6m for immediate repairs and to meet the disabled access regulations.

There are also concerns over its energy use, as it costs 300,000 per year to heat and light.


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