Climbing gym plans backed

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AN ambitious development to transform one of Brighouse’s famous landmarks into a climbing gym has been given the go ahead.

Plans were approved by Calderdale Council to convert Sugden’s giant flour mill silos on Mill Royd Street into a state of the art climbing facility and bring the decaying building back into use.

Friends and business partners Euan Noble and Leigh Topping, who set up the company ROKT Ltd, to handle the ambitious project, will hope to begin work on the site on Monday.

Agent for the project team, Paul Ibberson, said it was great news that the plans had been approved and he couldn’t wait to get started on the project.

“We are all really delighted and we ‘re looking forward to gettingstarted straight away,” he said.

“There has been no objections to the plans and the climbing association in Brighouse have been supporting us as they have wanted something like this for years.

“Most of the building has been cleared out so it will be a case of getting everybody in and staring work on the place.”

The team hope to have the climbing gym open by the end of March.

Climbing is growing in popularity across the country, particularly in Yorkshire. As a result, the number of indoor climbing and bouldering walls is increasing rapidly with centres in Leeds, Sheffield and a smaller one in Huddersfield but the Brighouse scheme would dwarf all of these and compare favourably with facilities available in the United States.

The £200,000 scheme will include, in addition to the main climbing wall, a bouldering cave, a low height bouldering room, an extreme roof climb area, training walls and a small gym. There will be changing rooms, showers and a new mezzanine area incorporating a viewing platform and a cafe.