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Trades Club access

From Trades Club

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

I understood that a lift was going to be installed to enable people like myself who are wheelchair users gain access to the First Floor where the gigs are held. Can anyone tell me if the lift is now in or when it is likely to be installed?

From June E

Thursday, 26 January 2017

In reply to Clive Hills' question about access to the Trades Club, we in Hebden Bridge Disability Access Forum have been given some information about this by the local Labour Party, who own the building.

The ground floor of the Trades Club building was flooded in the Boxing Day 2015 floods, and work has recently started to clear the damaged floor ready for renovation.

We understand that the owners plan to improve as well as renovate the building, making the ground floor fully accessible and installing a lift to the upstairs - where the "Trades Club Social Club" is their tenant.

They also plan to provide a fully accessible toilet on the ground floor, open to users of the upstairs. We (the Access Forum) do not know the timescale, but we understand that the works are dependent upon major fundraising so may take some time.

We think this will be a wonderful improvement to access in our town. All disabled people who live in, work in or visit Hebden Bridge and surrounding areas, are encouraged to join the Disability Access Forum - details here.

From Liz Kirby

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

The members club that mainly occupies the upstairs at the Trades Club Building is called Hebden Bridge Trades Club - it is a members' co-operative that was formally constituted by an AGM of members on 22nd May 2016. Hebden Bridge Trades Club is a socialist members' club, a campaigning base, community space and a music venue with a national reputation. There is no longer any such organisation as The Trades Club Social Club.