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What a mess! Huddersfield's main Post Office looks like a giant waste bin

Traffic cone, oil container, takeaway food boxes, plastic bottles and cans dumped outside historic building

Huddersfield’s impressive crown post office is being used as a giant litter bin.

Rubbish has been collecting in the two “light wells” at the front of the building in Northumberland Street for many years, according to one angry customer.

Rubbish in voids at Northumberland Street Post Office, Hudersfield.

The debris accumulating in the space on either side of the main entrance to the post office includes a plastic traffic cone, a plastic oil container, takeaway food boxes, plastic bottles and dozens of drinks cans.

Retired journalist Stan Solomons, who lives in Fixby, said: “It is not a case of rubbish being cleared and then more being created. Much of that rubbish will have been there for many years and it is extraordinary that neither the post office nor Kirklees Council have done anything about it.

Retired journalist Stan Solomons.

“For many years, probably around 40 or more, I have moaned about it to myself and I am annoyed with myself for saying nothing about it.

“Now I have, but it is also incredible that the many hundreds or thousands of people who have seen it have done or said nothing.

“It is a disgrace and the Post Office should be held to account.”

A Post Office spokesman said: “We are aware of the ongoing problem of litter in the light wells at the front of Huddersfield Post Office. We have asked our property team to address this as a matter of urgency.”

The Northumberland Street post office officially opened in 1914 with the Mayor of Huddersfield, Alderman J Blamires, posting the first letter.

The building was designed in a generally “classical” style by architect C P Wilkinson, from the Office of Works. It was his first major post office scheme and he went on to design more than 30 post office buildings across northern England and North Wales.

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