The battle is on to save the landmark Mount Pleasant clock tower at Lockwood.
A public meeting has been organised for 6pm next Tuesday at Lockwood Baptist Church.
This follows a 500-plus signature petition calling for consultation organised by Huddersfield Civic Society which was presented to Kirklees Cabinet on February 24.
Initially the council refused consultation and in May councillors said that the clock tower had no real value and could not be kept.
However, they have since changed their tune.
On July 28, the Cabinet made the unusual invitation resolution that: “The Member of Parliament for Colne Valley and other interested community groups be invited to put forward funded proposals for the future use and retention of the clock tower.”
The public meeting will increase pressure on the council to save the historic 80ft clock tower, which dates back to 1875. It was designed by architect Charles Fowler, who had already built the now listed Oakes Board School and was to go on to win the design competition for a new market hall.
The clock tower, thought to be in good condition, stands in the grounds of the Victorian 600-pupil Mount Pleasant Primary School, which is due to be demolished and replaced with a new-build school - although no date has been set.
Chris Marsden, chairman of Huddersfield Civic Society, said: “Mount Pleasant Primary School is important to the community that lives around it. It is part of the life of the neighbourhood.
“We welcome its redevelopment to enable modern education. However, the proposed school redevelopment is not compromised by the clock tower – the tower could remain as a beacon.
“Lockwood is not best known for its grand architecture. The 80-foot Mount Pleasant clock tower with its dramatic fabulous animal water spouts, clocks and spire has become a beacon, a landmark and icon for the school.
“Just like Jubilee Tower on Castle Hill is a valued heritage icon of the town, the tower is the much-loved element of the school, part of the school’s culture, its logo and at the heart of the diverse community.”
He added: “In the 1980s when the Mount Pleasant school was redeveloped, its head teacher Brian Wood MBE worked with the community to ensure that the clock tower building was kept. Should we do the same again?”
Members of the public are welcome to attend the meeting.