We have to take action to revitalise Castle Hill.

That is the view of Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman, who said the saga surrounding the Thandi Partnership’s stalled plans to redevelop their old Castle Hill pub site had gone on long enough.

His remarks follow a statement from Barry Thandi, who said he could not confirm if any bid to resurrect the former venue, now part of a car park at the landmark location, is close to fruition.

It is now two years since further meetings between the Thandis and Kirklees Council officials took place but many years since the former pub was demolished in a row over planning conditions.

Mr Sheerman has vowed to do all he could to get some positive steps to be taken.

“I think Castle Hill is Huddersfield’s jewel in the crown”, he said.

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“At the moment the site is a ghastly car park, so I’m very keen for something to happen.

“I want something inventive and environmentally friendly where people can come to and enjoy a coffee or a meal.

The Thandi brothers, Mick and Barry Thandi, on Castle Hill

“Maybe it could be a small hotel; something that would lift the whole environment – and there should be better disabled access.”

Mr Sheerman also wants Kirklees Council to apply again for Heritage Lottery Funding, which would enable a community archeology project.

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“We the chance to get some money a few Heritage Lottery funding but I’m sure we could get something if we asked them again so that we can properly find out about the history of the place.

“I think it’s about time it moved on I will do my best to push the developers, the architects and the council to do something.”

The Thandi Partnership bought the former Castle Hill Hotel and obtained planning permission for a new hotel. But they fell foul of planning conditions and were ordered to tear down the new structure when it was partially built.

Since then there have been many wrangles about what if anything should be built on the historic site.