FEARS are growing about the future of a Slaithwaite mill.
The Colne Valley Society is worried about what will happen to the giant Globe Worsted building now the company is to close.
Globe bosses announced recently that they were to close the doors, with the loss of 120 jobs.
The company - along with sister firm Huddersfield Fine Worsted at Kirkheaton - was put into administration last summer.
But administrators at Bartfields could not find buyers for the businesses.
Society chairwoman Glenda Oldroyd said she feared the building, on the canal side, would become derelict.
"It would be very bad if the building, when it becomes empty, is left to rot and become a blight on the village," she added.
"When Titanic Mill in Linthwaite was empty it had all the windows smashed and looked a mess. We don't want the same thing to happen to this mill.
"Globe Mill dominates the centre of Slaithwaite and is right alongside the reopened canal.
"We hope all possible steps will be taken to bring it back into use or, failing that, keep it properly maintained to stop it falling into decay."
Mrs Oldroyd said shops in Slaithwaite were worried about a drop in trade now that workers from the mill would no longer be in the village.
She added: "I would welcome a move to turn the mill into flats, because it would protect the building and bring people back into the area.
"Obviously the shops are worried and they will see less people buying things. But if people came to live at the mill it might be even better.
"The Titanic Mill development will make a real difference in Linthwaite - where I live - so this could work the same way.
"Our major concern is that we could have an empty mill building of such huge proportions right in the middle of Slaithwaite."