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Arts and heritage idea for old Keighley mill
4:10pm Thursday 17th October 2013 in News
An historic Keighley building could be transformed into a Salts Mill-style arts and heritage centre.
The idea is among several put forward by the public for Dalton Mills, which is currently only partially occupied.
New owner Paul Harris had asked for suggestions through the Keighley News for bringing the Dalton Lane complex back into full use.
Other proposals included shops, a hotel, indoor laser game area, observatory, a wildlife centre, an agricultural project or an Asian wedding venue.
Mr Harris had announced how he wanted to turn the Grade II-listed building – three-quarters of which is currently empty – into a “cornerstone of the community”.
Commenting on the public reaction, Mr Harris, of Northampton-based Bellissimo Workspace, said: “I think it’s all positive, though I’d liked to have heard from even more people.
“These are definitely ideas that could be implemented, so long as I can make them feasible from a financial perspective.
“I’m not sure this is something that could be as grand as Salts Mill – it’s not in that kind of location – but I know I want an arty, creative side to it. I’m also interested in a facility that would help people set up new businesses, or somewhere that could be a meeting place for families.
“This is a monumental building that is important to the people of Keighley, and I want to do the best I can with what is available.”
Councillor Khadim Hussain, who is Bradford Lord Mayor and a Keighley district councillor, said: “Anything that will create jobs and regeneration in the area is music to my ears.
“Keighley and Bradford districts have a lot of potential, and if something could be done to bring Dalton Mills back into use, that would be excellent news.
“It is looking a bit of a mess at the moment, so this comes at the right time.”
Mr Harris is now working on restoring and repairing Dalton Mill’s roof, adding the project is already well ahead of schedule.
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