THE DEMOLITION of the last part of an historic mill has sparked upset among residents.
The chimney at Moorbrook Mills, New Mill, was the last remaining features of the factory which made luxury fabrics for 100 years (writes Dave Himelfield).
But last week work began to dismantle the chimney brick by brick.
The mill, owned by Moorhouse and Brook, closed in 2003 shedding 70 jobs.
The vacant building was demolished after Kirklees Council granted David Wilson Homes planning permission for 23 new apartments and 44 houses on the site.
Stuart Silver, 33, who lives in the village said: “I’m really upset it’s being knocked down and I’m upset with the planner for allowing it. It’s another chimney that’s going missing and the village’s identity will go with it.
“It’s visible from anywhere you come into the village. I look at it from our window and I’ll be sad to see it go.
“The village isn’t going to be the same without it.”
Another New Mill resident added: “It has been a feature of the New Mill landscape for as long as most people can remember.
“Was it part of the plan to retain the chimney or have the developers ridden roughshod over it?”
But a spokeswoman for Kirklees Council said: “I can confirm that the whole of the mill, including the chimney, was to be demolished as part of the plan.”