COLNE Valley MP Kali Mountford has called into question the commitment of Longwood’s community to saving its historic tower.
The Labour MP, who has been vocal about her support for saving the crumbling monument, made the claim ahead of tomorrow’s annual Sing which will see hundreds of people flocking to the tower.
Ms Mountford also announced this week that she would not be attending the sing due to other commitments.
She said: “Unfortunately I will not be able to attend the Sing as I will be out of the country, something I had organised some time ago.”
The MP said she was keen to find out if there had been any progress on saving the tower, but was concerned that time was running out.
She said: “I must question how much commitment there is to saving the tower if there are no genuine offers to help. It seems strange after all the fuss in the press about the Tower that no-one is prepared to do anything to save it.”
The monument is popular with local people when they gather there once a year to see some of Kirklees’ top performers.
The Sing has been a favourite tradition since 1873 and is organised by a small group of Longwood people to raise money for local charities.
All proceeds from this year’s event will go to the Laura Crane Trust.
But for the remainder of the year, the graffiti-littered tower, built in the 1860s as a project for the unemployed people in the village, is in a neglected state and needs urgent funding to save it.
Ms Mountford believes that more can be done to ensure that the ailing tower is kept.
She added: “I believe there must be people locally with the talents needed such as dry stone walling, cleaning, organising and fund-raising.
“There are many such volunteer committees for other projects around the Colne Valley and with a little imagination Longwood Tower could be a focal point for another local group.”
Ms Mountford said she had offered her services to saving the tower, but no-one had yet replied to her.