CONSERVATIONISTS are calling for action to save Huddersfield’s industrial heritage.
English Heritage is concerned about the condition of 18-20 St George’s Square in Huddersfield and of Westwood Mill in Linthwaite.
The two sites are among a dozen industrial buildings in West Yorkshire listed on the new at-risk register.
Clr David Ridgway, who represents Linthwaite on Kirklees Council, yesterday called for Westwood Mill to be restored.
The Colne Valley Lib Dem said: “English Heritage is absolutely right to highlight the condition of the building.
“The mill is part of the heritage of the Colne Valley and it’s been very badly treated.
“At the time the Huddersfield Narrow Canal was being restored more than 10 years ago, I suggested that the mill should be offered to British Waterways to be renovated into a hotel for canal-users.
“I’ve not changed my view, though the mill has suffered a further decade of dilapidation.
“The mill is in danger of falling down. It’s a danger to the public, especially the children who play in it.
“Kirklees ought to ensure that the mill is either enhanced or made safe.”
The Grade-II listed Westwood Mill was built in 1798, while Huddersfield Narrow Canal was being constructed.
It is thought to be the oldest surviving woollen mill building in the Colne Valley.
The St George’s Square building has had various uses, including offices, a bar and a club over recent years.
English Heritage published the list of at-risk industrial buildings yesterday.
It also includes industrial sites in the Dewsbury Conservation Area.
Yorkshire spokesman Trevor Mitchell said: “As difficult economic conditions continue, our industrial heritage remains prey to dereliction, decay and ultimately demolition.
“We have seen fantastic re-use projects over the past decade, so that many people now live and work in former industrial buildings.
“We want to help owners and developers to halt decay and to plan for imaginative new uses.
“Treasuring these buildings can spark the regeneration of whole areas of our towns and cities. Even ruined sites can add to the quality of our landscapes and tell the stories of our ancestors.”
For information see www.english-heritage.org.uk/ihar