WORK is continuing to demolish the doomed Castle Hill Hotel - but at a snail's pace.

The huge crane, which was on the hill high above Huddersfield last week, has gone and the removal of the steel frame has stopped again.

Only a single tiny digger is clearing stones from the side of the doomed hotel project.

But as can be seen from our picture it will take this miniature digger a very long time.

Kirklees Council is determined developers, the Thandi Partnership, will still be hauled before the courts.

Principal legal officer for the council, Vanessa Redfearn, said she was expecting confirmation of a date for the hearing soon.

She said: "We are pursuing the legal action as we have been since the beginning.

"The papers are with the High Court Division at Leeds County Court but there has been some hold up there with the administration.

"This injunction is to force the Thandi Partnership to return the site to its former state, but just because they have started doing some work does not mean we will be dropping it.

"We are very well aware that there are other avenues we could take legally to try and fine the partnership, but the priority now is getting it demolished."

Deputy council leader John Smithson admitted the planning laws were at times toothless but he was adamant the action would continue.

"Because of the way the law works it does take time, but we are continuing to take a firm stance," he said.

"I strongly expect we will see the Thandis in court over this and we are determined to get our costs paid.

"It is not fair that public money should be used to pursue legal action against them so we want our costs paying.

"Once it is down we may well attempt to take them to court again and I am sure the vast majority of people would be behind us in doing that."

Clr Smithson also hit out at the developers for not moving quicker now they have finally started work.

He said: "They should just be getting it pulled down as quickly as possible. "

Last week when the Examiner contacted Mick Thandi to ask him why it had taken so long to start the work he refused to explain.

Yesterday when we asked him his thoughts about the legal threat and whether he would pay costs he again put the phone down.