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"Unfair beyond words": Reactions as Kirklees plan for public to foot Lockwood tip clean up bill

The council have refused to disclose the sum set aside for the costs

Contractors help firefighters put out the blaze at the former Hunters Group tip site
Contractors help firefighters put out the blaze at the former Hunters Group tip site

Examiner readers reacted with horror at news that taxpayers may have to foot the clean-up bill at an abandoned Lockwood waste site.

Kirklees refused to disclose the sum set aside to clear the former Hunter Group tip on Queens Mill Road after private financial discussions at this week’s cabinet meeting.

The update sparked outrage among bill payers across town, one of whom branded the decision “unfair beyond words.”

The Star Inn at Folly Hall, who have been affected by the acrid smoke from the nearby site, wrote on Facebook to say: “We work hard to make Huddersfield a thriving place to be and now it seems we are being punished for someone else’s incompetence.

“This is unfair beyond words.”

A fire at the waste site burned for several days putting residents at risk.

Jeanette Collins reacted to say: “If we the taxpayer are expected to pick up the bill should the council not have acted on the number of complaints by the taxpayer prior to it getting out of hand. At least divulge the estimated cost of clean up.”

Adam Liljenkz Jenkinson said: “Not emptying my pockets for no one ... I didn’t cause it or set it alight.”

Naeem Ahmed added: “People should be allowed to veto poor council decisions. Make the business owner or landlord pay for it or take possession of the land and sell it.”

Tates commented on the story on the Examiner website to say: “Surely the council chiefs are not in a position to refuse to reveal the costs of this mess.”

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