Mirfield 25 warning after job losses
Jun 19 2008 by Barry Gibson, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
JOB losses make a controversial development less viable, says a councillor.
Developers Park Crescent want to build offices and manufacturing units on a 30-acre site off Slipper Lane in Mirfield.
Kirklees Council is considering the Mirfield 25 proposal, which some protesters fear would create traffic problems in the area.
And Clr Martyn Bolt, who represents the town on Kirklees, thinks the economic downturn would make it harder to find businesses willing to move in.
He added: “It has just been announced that Heckmondwike’s 600 Lathes was losing 35 jobs.
“The company has long been rumoured to be one of the key businesses intending to move on to the Slipper Lane site if the application was passed.
“We were told the development would create high-quality jobs. We need to see evidence of that before a single spade enters the ground.
“How many people, for example, does this company employ now and how many would it employ if it were to move there.
Park Crescent also wants to build a retirement community for up to 344 people on the site.
But Clr Bolt cast doubt on that part of the plan as well.
He said: “The downturn in the housing market also calls into question the potential viability of the retirement village.
“It could prove difficult for people to sell their own homes to take up new ones.
“Residents should know this is not a done deal. They need to be vigilant and make their views known to Kirklees planners.”