I HAD a look at St George’s Square the other day, but since it consists largely of barricaded holes in the ground at the moment I found it a bit difficult to come to any rational opinion about it.
However, I have also recently visited St Mark’s Square in Venice. That is neatly paved in nice, if a bit boring, grey stone, while over in one corner stands the Doge’s Palace, which has apparently been there for about 700 years and is an interesting shade of pink. Presumably the Venice city authorities either think it’s pretty and doesn’t keep the tourists away or have spent 700 years deciding between ripping up the paving or pulling down the palace. Or perhaps they are simply waiting for it to weather.
Dreams of a timetable
THERE is a film called “Field of Dreams” in which a man is told that if he builds a baseball pitch “They will come.” We always thought if we built bus shelters the buses would come. They do, but we never know when.
Can we have our town back?
I WAS a little taken aback to learn that Huddersfield Tech is now called “Kirklees College”.
The re-naming of this college is further evidence that the identity of our once proud town (Huddersfield) is being slowly consumed by its spuriously named council.
I understand that Huddersfield and Dewsbury colleges recently merged, so maybe “Kirklees College” was the least contentious name for the new one, unfortunately it smacks of a total fudge and lack of imagination.
I wish those responsible for wrongly promoting Kirklees as a place would stop it and remember that the principle town within the Kirklees boundary is called “Huddersfield”. The heavy woollen towns to the north are also places in their own right and no doubt get similarly fed up by endless and inappropriate “Kirkleesification”.
It’s high time that Huddersfield fought for the status it once enjoyed (pre 1974). Around our boundaries new “Welcome to Huddersfield” signs would assist travellers in identifying the town they are approaching. The current signage welcoming you to Kirklees (a place that rarely gets mentioned on maps) is not only annoying but potentially confusing. Local roads are already famously bad without foreign truckers in their oversized juggernauts getting themselves jammed up our narrow lanes having found themselves in a place called Kirklees.
Can we have our town back please?
Accommodating the students
RITA Rearguard’s letter (Saturday September 20) mentions the 56 flats on Oldgate sold to a private developer for student accommodation. Could these be the same flats that outline planning application approval is sought for demolition, to be replaced by an eight storey student accommodation building?