BROCKHOLES residents are upset at plans to build a cement silo in the village.
But the firm that wants to put up the 7.62 metre-high stainless steel structure says it shouldn't cause any harm.
Greys Artstone has asked Kirklees Council for planning permission for the silo at Burdwell Works, off New Mill Road.
The company, which makes artificial stone building materials, aims to move there next month from its current base at the Steps Industrial Park, Honley.
The silo would be for storing dry cement, which would be channelled into the works in a feeder tube running through a wall.
One villager said: "This silo could be a disaster for the village - certainly an utter eyesore."
Bill Abbs, 88, of Smithy Place, added: "The planners say there won't be any dust. I worked in the building trade for many years and where there's cement there's always dust. If the wind's blowing in the wrong direction it will gas me. I'll have to stay indoors."
James Newton, administrator at Greys, said: "These are legitimate concerns, but there will be no dust because the cement will go straight into the building.
"It won't jut into the skyline. It's actually shorter than one of the two units on the site, and we've agreed to paint it matt green if that will help it blend in."
The company has not yet moved on to the site.
Mr Newton added that the extra storage would mean fewer deliveries by lorries.
Kirklees planners will make a decision next month at the earliest.