A SHOPKEEPER could be offered a helping hand for repairs after his newsagent’s business has been targeted by vandals 10 times in the past five years.
Meltham Newsagents in Huddersfield Road has had bricks thrown through the front windows so many times that the owners have now left the window boarded up permanently.
But the business may be able to receive funds towards the repairs from Meltham Chamber of Trade due to an allocation of council cash five years ago.
Mohamed Rashid, who runs the family business with his brother Abdul, said: “It costs about £1,000 to replace the window each time.
“Last year we had it replaced and within two weeks it was broken again. It is frustrating for us as we are prepared to get it fixed but there is no guarantee how long it will last.
“We have had the front window boarded up since February now.
“It does make it darker in the shop and it is not good for the village.
“We are considering getting shutters installed but that would have to be determined by the council.”
Meltham councillor Terry Lyons has been looking into the issues on the newsagent’s behalf.
Clr Lyons explained: “I have been talking to the chamber and it would appear that there is some money remaining from a council allocation some years ago which could help pay towards the repairs. However because the chamber is in the process of winding up, we believe the money may have to be reallocated by Kirklees Council.”
Speaking on the significance of the cash to help the shop, he added: “The newsagent is central to the village and to have a broken window doesn’t bode well for the village.”
Clr Lyons said he was looking to raise the issue with council officials as soon as possible.