WHATEVER next? It is Huddersfield’s finest square, the one that is home to some of our most beautiful buildings, the one that has its praises sung far and wide.
It is perhaps because of those things that St George’s Square has also been known to provoke controversy.
The people of Huddersfield are proud of the square and rightly so. When changes are made to its structure, its layout, even to its road surfaces, people tend to notice.
And woe betide any organisation which attempts anything which, in the public’s view, detracts from the square’s elegant character, its beautiful lines, its poetic grace.
So what on earth, might you ask, is BT doing slapping a combined public payphone and ATM cash machine kiosk in the heart of the town’s most architecturally sensitive areas?
Yes, this machine, already described by some critics as a Tardis-style “monstrosity”, might be replacing an existing kiosk on the site.
But it’s clearly far more obtrusive in style than the kiosk it replaced and the claims that the change was made without prior consultation is worrying.
BT Payphones has now put in a retrospective planning application for the ATM which really does look like its landed in the square from another planet let alone another time zone.
Surely consultation and co-operation are crucial to ensure that people get the access to the services they need without ruining some of the finest views the town has to offer.