A PLAN to build a life-sized bronze statue of Last of the Summer Wine's Compo could be dead.
Other ideas are being considered after a fund-raising drive fell well short of the £40,000 needed.
A scaled-down memorial to the much- loved character could still well be built.
But it would form just one feature in a new heritage garden in Holmfirth.
The news comes after it was revealed that just a few thousand pounds have been collected since an appeal launch.
Greg Christofi, chairman of Holme Valley Business Association, said he was still keen for some kind of tribute to the late Bill Owen, who played rascally Compo for 26 years.
But he added: "We have to be realistic.
"We are still well short of the £40,000 needed for a bronze statue and it would take us years to raise it."
The statue has been a cherished dream of Bill Owen's son, Tom, a Summer Wine regular himself.
He once promised that work would start in 2005 and a sketch was produced of what the statue could look like.
But the deadline was clearly unrealistic.
A smaller Compo memorial could feature in a new heritage garden on Huddersfield Road in Holmfirth. Artist Ashley Jackson is being lined up to contribute to the garden with a series of plaques detailing the town's history.
Kirklees councillors meeting today are due to agree to give £2,000 for an investigation into which way to proceed.
Specialist company Public Arts, of Wakefield, will produce suggestions.
Mr Christofi said he was hoping it could lead to top-up cash from the European Union.
Public Arts is expected to come up with its findings by the end of January.
A meeting would then be held with the business association and other interested organisations parties to decide what to do.
Mr Christofi added: "The heritage garden would be an ideal place for children and visitors to learn about the history of the town.
"Summer Wine has contributed a lot, but there are many other aspects to Holmfirth, such as Bamforth's, the saucy seaside postcard company."