NOW is the time to decide what you want to happen to Castle Hill.
That was the message today from Kirklees councillors after the news the part-built Castle Hill hotel would be demolished by January.
The Examiner reported on Friday how developers the Thandi Partnership had backed down and dropped their appeal against the council's enforcement order, which halted the work last May.
Now, council deputy leader Clr John Smithson is urging the public to get their thinking caps on and come up with ideas about what should be next to the famous Victoria Tower.
He said: "This is the time for people to get thinking about what they would like to see on the hill.
"I know the debate will be raging and I hope that once we have got the current building down and everything back to normal we can start the process of getting things right on Castle Hill.
"I know a lot of people will want some kind of pub up there, but a lot of people have suggested we simply leave it.
"It will be very interesting to see what it is like with no structure on the hill. Maybe people will see it like that after the building has come down in January and change their minds."
Clr Smithson said he would happily chair a public meeting to give people the chance to put their views across about the future of Castle Hill.
"I think a public meeting would be a great way to get all the ideas out," he said.
"I think that as soon as we have got the building pulled down we should look at getting interested people together and see what sort of things people are thinking."
Colin Hill, of Honley, a member of Huddersfield Civic Society, welcomed the call for a public discussion.
He said: "My personal view is that if anything is built up there once the current structure has gone it should be small.
"Nothing should take away from the Victoria Tower.
"I could understand a small place with toilets and maybe refreshments. I don't think we need a big pub and restaurant.
"I have heard people talking of a visitors' centre before and that sounds like a good idea," added Mr Hill.
WHAT YOU THINK:
Peter Scaife: After enjoying many happy hours at the Castle Hill pub over the past 40 years, I have been appalled by the way our heritage as been allowed to be destroyed at the drop of a hat. This building should now be restored to its former glory at the cost to the perpetrators, not allowing the costs to be passed on to the local community, as is the usual case. I am a retired builder and have lived in this town for 64 years. How has this fracas been allowed to progress to this state?
Sophia Crawshaw: The hotel at Castle Hill should be turned into a tourist shop, cafe and toilets and maybe an observatory post.
R Reynolds: How surprised I was to see the headlines. A real feeling of satisfaction came over me. I suppose the hill and the tower are the impressive long view. To have allowed that extremely ordinary building to dominate our skyline would have been too much, too dominant, adding clutter to what is an important landmark. It could be said that from this site it is the best view of the whole area and is the only place where you can't see this awful pile of rubbish on the landscape. Let the view speak for itself and give the tower and hill back to us. Good riddance.
S W Roebuck: Oh dear. You do worry me. The Thandi construction isn't even down yet and already you are talking in last Friday's Comment about plans for more buildings on the site. We have an archaeological and historical treasure on our doorstep. I propose a moratorium of at least five years before any further building on Castle Hill is even considered.