News that a £9m loan could be offered to speed up the building of a hotel near the John Smith's Stadium have divided opinion in Huddersfield.
Yesterday the Examiner revealed that Kirklees Council could offer the loan to fast-track hotel plans at Huddersfield Town’s football ground.
A hotel was given the green light as part of the £100m HD One scheme featuring a ski slope, shops and bars — and plans to bring forward the £13m hotel's development have begun.
A space behind the stadium on land adjacent to the St Andrew Road bridge entrance to the stadium, currently used as the Direct Golf driving range, has been earmarked for the hotel — take a look at the site in the video above.
On the Examiner Facebook page, some welcomed the new development, while others said the cash should be spent elsewhere.
Martin Butterfield said: "How many years could you run an A&E department with 9 million quid. Don't really need a hotel at the stadium. #handsoffhri"
Danny Hawtin said: "Why is developing our town a waste of money? And by the sound if it, jobs will be created and the council will make money on it."
Simon Firth had other ideas about what the money could be spent on: "A hotel won't fix the problems with Huddersfield. They need to turn the old sports centre into a conference centre then there will be a use for the hotel for delegate accommodation. Generating a futureproof income which can be reinvested into HRI, fixing pot holes etc. And generating an income for other businesses as well."
Jenny Pyrah said: "By the way, this looks like a south of France location. We don't have the weather for this style of building and walkways, would be blown in the river most of the year..."
Paul Ibberson said: "Nothing wrong with the idea, could be good for town...but 9million is a drop in the ocean."
The hotel will be a business-class, 3-4 star, 1-49 bed hotel — but which brand would move onto the site has yet to be revealed.