A quarrying firm is set to lay off most of its staff in Huddersfield.

Marshalls has told staff at Appleton Quarry at Shepley that its order book has run dry and 17 jobs could go.

The news comes just a few months after the paving stone suppliers asked Kirklees Council for more time to extract minerals from the site.

The firm’s headquarters are in Elland but it also runs a quarry at Scammonden Water. Its site in Birkby was sold a few years ago.

A disgruntled employee at the Appleton site in Holmfirth Road said: “There’s only 23 workers there so they’re virtually shutting it down.

“There are a lot of upset people as last year they said the order book was full and now this year they say there’s no orders.

“All the jobs are going from one side as they’re saying the Elland side is safe.”

Andrew Robinson, managing director at Marshalls Minerals, confirmed the job losses.

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He said: “Following a review of its operations it has been decided that for greater efficiency the processing of natural stone paving products should be consolidated into one location.

“In order to minimise the impact of this proposal, which could affect 17 positions, wherever possible we are considering voluntary redundancies, as well as transferring as many positions as possible.

“We are now in the formal process of consultation regarding our proposals and we are talking with our people to resolve this regrettable situation.

“Marshalls is an important employer in the area and remains committed to its people.”

Marshalls is the UK’s leading hard landscaping manufacturer and has been trading since the 1890s.

One of its most prestigious installations is Trafalgar Square.