KEN DAVY has offered to pay for new road signs to put Huddersfield back on the map.
The Town and Giants chairman contacted Kirklees Council after reading an article in the Examiner.
Last week we carried the story of a Huddersfield councillor fed up with “Welcome to Kirklees” road signs on the edge of town.
The Huddersfield signs which used to mark the start of the former Huddersfield Borough area long since vanished, to be replaced by Kirklees signs.
But now Mr Davy has contacted Kirklees Council’s new leader Clr Mehboob Khan offering to pay for new signs saying “Welcome to Huddersfield.”
Yesterday the businessman said: “After I saw the piece in the Examiner, I rang Clr Khan to offer to sponsor new road signs.
“We’re trying to work out the details at the moment.”
Mr Davy, who has lived in Huddersfield for 45 years, wants to see the town’s name used more.
He said: “I think the name of Huddersfield is very important and I think people coming in to Huddersfield should know where they are.
“We’ve got so much to be proud of so it’s very unsatisfactory that we haven’t got proper signs.
“Kirklees is an administrative area but the name of Huddersfield is known around the world and it would be a tragedy if it became subsumed over time.”
On February 3 the Examiner carried the story of local Green Party councillor Clr Andrew Cooper, who wants the “Welcome to Kirklees” signs at places like Ainley Top replaced.
The Newsome Green councillor’s call for change was supported by Clr Khan of Greenhead, the new leader of Kirklees.
The “Bring Back Huddersfield” call came from Newsome’s Clr Cooper, who was fed up with ‘Welcome to Kirklees’ signs on the town boundaries.
He said: “Huddersfield is the Clint Eastwood of towns – it’s got no name.
“If you go into Dewsbury or Batley there’s a sign saying you’re entering those towns. But when you come into Huddersfield there’s a sign saying ‘Welcome to Kirklees’.
“You can’t simply interchange the words Kirklees and Huddersfield, it erodes our identity.”
Kirklees Council’s Highway Service estimated that each new sign could cost about £1,200 to make and erect.
And Huddersfield’s roads layout would mean that generous business tycoon Mr Davy would have to fork out £12,000 to make his dream come true.
He is keen to see the “Welcome” signs erected on main routes leading into his home town.