FIVE Kirklees buildings are today named on an ‘at risk’ list of falling into a state of disrepair.
English Heritage have compiled a list of historic buildings that are gradually declining in West Yorkshire.
Westwood Mills in Linthwaite and Hopton Congregational Church in Mirfield have both been added to the list.
They join Milnsbridge House, Folly Hall Mills and 18-20 St George’s Square, which have been on the at-risk list since last year.
Although neither of the two newly-added buildings are owned or managed by Kirklees Council, Clr Ken Sims said they were taking a keen interest in their future.
Clr Sims, Cabinet member for regeneration and sustainable development, said: “We do take notice of English Heritage and we work with them as closely as we can to protect these buildings.
“Kirklees has the highest number of listed buildings in the UK so in money terms we deal with them as best we can.
“We want to get as many of them back into use for the 21st century, working with the private sector and helping to overcome problems with any listed buildings.
“We have big plans for Folly Hall and work is expected to start there in the next week or two.
“There are also plans for Westwood Mills. I can’t say too much at the moment but we are looking at it.”
English Heritage say the condition of Westwood Mill on Lowestwood Lane is “very bad”.
The Grade II listed building is privately owned by Michael Wilson Restorations. Permission was given in October 2005 for it to be redeveloped in a similar scheme to the nearby Titanic Mills.
Developers still have plans to develop it and they are carrying out remedial work to protect it from further deterioration.
Richard Huddleston from the Huddersfield Civic Society said: “Westwood Mills is a valuable building with a long and sad recent history.
“Westwood Mills is in a shocking state and nobody seems to particularly care.”
Hopton Congregation Church off Calder Road is a Grade II listed building dating back to 1829.
The Mirfield church is no longer used as a place of worship.
The design of the building has been largely unaltered with the original windows still intact.
But water has caused timber decay and problems to the roof.
Milnsbridge House, Folly Hall and 18-20 St George’s Square are all Grade II listed buildings.
Part of the Folly Hall area is due to be developed into a new base for Huddersfield Technical College, office and residential area in a £175m redevelopment, but Folly Hall Mills, at the opposite side of the River Colne does not form part of that development.
Refurbishment work is underway to 18-20 St George’s Square, thanks to funding from English Heritage.
Maddy Jago, regional director for planning and development, said: “This is not a name and shame exercise, but a tool to understand threats and prioritise action.”
Milnsbridge House – a listed Georgian building.
Folly Hall Mills (pictured).
18-20 St George’s Square – now being refurbished.