A COUNCILLOR has demanded more action to protect Huddersfield’s historic Castle Hill.
Clr Ann Denham is furious that litter was left strewn around the tourist attraction.
The Almondbury Lib Dem said: “There are clearly some issues with the running of the site at the moment.
“In fact, this is the second problem that has come to my attention recently.
“Firstly, staff illness meant Jubilee Tower couldn’t open to the public over the May Day Bank Holiday. Then one member of staff being on leave results in the bins not being emptied and the site not being cleared.”
Clr Denham wants the Conservative Cabinet to take more care of the site.
She said: “Castle Hill is the major tourist attraction in the Huddersfield area, if not in the whole of Kirklees. To let it be run down in this way must be quite shocking to visitors to the area.
“I urge the Cabinet to address these issues ahead of the summer. If it’s a good year, as we all hope it will be, we need the site to look its best.”
Council leader Clr Robert Light said the Cabinet was trying to improve Castle Hill.
He said: “Of course we would like the place to look its best and we’re trying to secure its long-term future as a tourist attraction.”
But Clr Light added the site had not been well-run when the Conservatives took control of Kirklees in 2006.
He said: “The problems with Castle Hill go back to the time when Clr Denham and her Lib Dem colleagues ran the council. We’re dealing with the mess they left behind.”