THE demolition of an historic Huddersfield building has caused anger.
A planning application to demolish Sandymount on Blackmoorfoot Road, Crosland Moor, was passed last month.
And the work is likely to be completed by Christmas.
But Crosland Moor residents Jack Armitage, of Frederick Street, and Michael Gannon, of College Street East, have attacked the move.
Mr Armitage said: "Here is another example of the fact that not all vandals are in their youth.
"Some are in responsible jobs in local government."
Mr Gannon questioned the reasons for demolition.
He asked: "Is it unsafe, needs money spending on renovation, surplus to requirements or cannot be sold?
"And will the same fate happen to its next-door neighbour, Moor View?"
A Kirklees Council spokeswoman said outline permission to demolish the building and put houses on the site was originally passed in 2001.
Separate permission to demolish the building was given on October 28 this year and the work would be carried out by Christmas.
Another outline planning application had now been submitted for housing development.
It was possible that the development would be extra care provision for older people.
Sandymount was originally a home for elderly people.
It was then used as office accommodation for the council's social services department.