MIRFIELD has declared “war” on Kirklees.

The Town Council has voted to erase the name of Kirklees from the Welcome to Mirfield signs on main roads on the edge of the town.

The move follows the Kirklees Council decision to fund new Welcome to Huddersfield signs for the town, rather than Kirklees.

Meanwhile, a Dewsbury politician has criticised the new Welcome to Huddersfield signs.

Kirklees Council’s Labour Cabinet has invested £12,000 on six new signs on main roads into the town.

They replace the unpopular Welcome to Kirklees signs.

But Simon Reevell, Conservative Parliamentary candidate for Dewsbury, criticised the spending.

He said: “At a time when Gordon Brown is trying to sell off anything that’s not nailed down to bail us out of his own financial crisis we see his Labour colleagues spending money on unnecessary projects such as these Huddersfield signs.”

Mr Reevell is standing for the Parliamentary seat of Dewsbury, which includes Mirfield, Kirkburton and Denby Dale.

The Mirfield Council decision was defended by Clr Martyn Bolt.

He said the Kirklees logo would be blacked out on four signs and replaced by the logos of local community groups, such as Round Table or Rotary, if they wished.

Clr Bolt said: “The move was prompted by the decision to fund the Welcome to Huddersfield signs.

“We plan to take things one stage further and remove the Kirklees name completely.

“The Mirfield signs were erected some years ago at the instigation of Mirfield Civic Society and the bill of several thousand pounds was met by the Town Council”.

Mr Reevell said he believed the council’s Cabinet is too focussed on Huddersfield.

Mr Reevell said: “They seem to be doing nothing to help the towns and villages of Kirklees but can find the time and energy to commission new signs which confirm where their priorities really are.”

But the council’s deputy leader Clr Ken Smith defended the new signs.

The Ashbrow Labour man said: “The signs are in response to a lot of public requests. People have been crying out for them.”

Clr Smith added that Mr Reevell, who is from Beverley, may find the new signs useful.

He said: “Being an outsider, the signs may help him realise he’s in Huddersfield when he comes here.”

The first of the Welcome to Huddersfield signs were unveiled at Ainley Top roundabout on Saturday. Five other signs are being put up on the A643 Lindley Moor Road, Ainley Top; the A643 New Hey Road, between Ainley Top and Rastrick; A6107 Clough Lane, Fixby; A62 Cooper Bridge, Bradley and Outlane Roundabout, from M62 Junction 23.

The change comes after an Examiner-backed campaign earlier this year.

Kirklees Green leader Clr Andrew Cooper called for the new signs in February. The Newsome councillor was backed by Huddersfield Giants chairman Ken Davy, Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman, council leader Clr Mehboob Khan and Prof Bob Cryan, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Huddersfield.

The Huddersfield signs which used to mark the start of the former Huddersfield Borough were replaced by Kirklees signs.

Kirklees was formed in 1974 by an amalgamation of the councils of Huddersfield, Colne Valley, Meltham, Holmfirth, Kirkburton, Denby Dale, Mirfield, Dewsbury, Batley, Spenborough and Heckmondwike.