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£650,000 restoration halted on Armley landmark chapel

The view c1908 Image copyright Leodis
Image caption The building, built in 1905, is in a prominent position in Armley

A £650,000 renovation scheme of a Grade II-listed former Methodist chapel in West Yorkshire has been halted.

The chapel, built in 1905, is now a carpet warehouse and in a prominent position at the junction of Armley Road and Branch Road in Armley.

The work has stopped due to "private contractual matters, involving the owner and his contractors", a Leeds City Council spokesman said.

The building's stained glass windows and slate roof were to be repaired.

The chapel building, often known locally as the Mike's Carpets building, was also to have brickwork repaired and its terracotta entrance restored.

'Future of the scheme'

Work on the site has been terminated and the contractors have left the site with "no substantive work completed", according to the council.

It said the property's scheme was funded by the council, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the building's owner.

Carl Ellison, of MC Carpets, which trades from the building, said he was disappointed work had stopped.

Councillor Richard Lewis, previously said in August 2014, the building had been deteriorating for some time and it was a "relief to see the scaffolding go up".

Leeds City Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund first announced a £1.4m investment in Armley in 2009.

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