HUDDERSFIELD is to be back on the map!
The first of six new “Welcome to Huddersfield” signs will be unveiled tomorrow.
The signs will replace the “Welcome to Kirklees” signs on main routes into the town – and follow an Examiner-backed campaign earlier this year.
But the council have not taken up an offer from businessman and Huddersfield Giants owner Ken Davy to pay for the signs.
Department of Transport rules limit what can be used on roadside signs.
But the council will be working with Mr Davy on other funding for Huddersfield projects.
Mr Davy will join Clr Mehboob Khan, Leader of Kirklees Council, Prof Bob Cryan, Vice-Chancellor of Huddersfield University, and Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman to unveil the signs.
The signs are to go up on the A629 Halifax Road, Ainley Top; A643 Lindley Moor Road, Ainley Top; A643 New Hey Road, Fixby; A6107 Clough Lane, Fixby;A62 Cooper Bridge, Bradley; and Outlane Roundabout (from M62 Junction 23).
Clr Khan said: “The new signs will replace ‘Welcome to Kirklees’ signs on the approach to Huddersfield.
“This will help greatly in promoting a sense of place for those living and working in a town which is an important economic centre in Kirklees and West Yorkshire.”
Mr Davy offered to foot the £12,000 bill for the signs earlier this year.
He contacted Kirklees Council after reading an article in the Examiner about 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.
He said: “I think the name of Huddersfield is very important and I think people coming in to Huddersfield should know where they are.”
The “Bring Back Huddersfield” call came from Newsome’s Green Party councillor, Andrew Cooper, who was fed up with ‘Welcome to Kirklees’ signs on town boundaries.