The Ridings transformed

Calderdale Council Press Release: 29 May 2013

The former Ridings School is set to be reborn in perhaps the most ambitious and largest transfer of a Council building to a community organisation ever completed in England. The Threeways Centre in Ovenden, Halifax, will become a vibrant, state of the art facility and a thriving community hub on the site of the old school, which closed in 2009.

The centre will be run by local not-for-profit organisation Threeways, and will provide amazing facilities for everyone, putting the community at its heart and giving a real boost to north Halifax. In addition to the modern doctors’ surgery and sports centre already on site, it will be a place where local people of all ages can keep fit and healthy, meet people, learn new skills, get work experience, be cared for, be entertained, eat, drink and relax.

Threeways is also revitalising the existing sports centre to give people more ways to stay fit and healthy, including a wider variety of exciting activities and more top-quality equipment. The centre will be run mainly by volunteers from the local community.

Calderdale Council will pass the running of the site over to Threeways on 3 June 2013 on a long-term lease, in what is believed to be the biggest community asset transfer in this country. The aim is to open up major investment opportunities, ensure the site continues to thrive in the future, and to have facilities which are run by volunteers with strong roots in the community who know what local people want.

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