A COUNCILLOR will demand answers at a special meeting about the controversial St George’s Square redevelopment.
Clr Tony Woodhead is worried that the revamp came in £1m over-budget and that the new square differs from the original design.
The Lindley Lib Dem said: “What we’ve got isn’t the same as the first design. Why did the plan change on the way through?
“I also want to know why the costs escalated from £3m to £4m.”
Kirklees Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Panel for Regeneration has agreed to carry out a special investigation into the redevelopment.
The council’s head of economic development, John Griffths, will be quizzed by the six-strong panel of councillors on Tuesday.
Clr Woodhead will attend the meeting. He said: “I want to know how we ended up with this redevelopment and why.”
The new square – including fountains and a waterfall – was unveiled last month, a year behind schedule.
Clr Woodhead said: “I’m looking for changes to the way the council works so we have significant scrutiny. The St George’s Square redevelopment never went before the planning committee and was never really discussed in full council.”