Town needs investment

COUNCIL chief Adrian Lythgo is in Cleckheaton today on a fact-finding mission with Kirklees Lib-Dem leader Coun Kath Pinnock.

Coun Pinnock said Mr Lythgo had accepted an invitation from the town’s three ward councillors to see what the town has to offer.

“We want to open his eyes to Cleckheaton and we are delighted that he has agreed to spend around four hours with us,” she said.

“As ward councillors we are increasingly concerned that the focus of the council in terms of investment seems to be on Huddersfield and Dewsbury and the smaller towns – particularly in the Spen Valley – are missing out.

“We want to make sure that Mr Lythgo and the council really get to know the place and understand that Cleckheaton is not a small town like Honley or Denby Dale.

“Ours is a large community in the Spen Valley of nearly 50,000 people and we need the facilities that we have here to remain, because people do need them. We need services here and investment.”

Mr Lythgo will start the day with a visit to Flexitallic Ltd in Hunsworth Lane.

The company is an international market leader in the manufacture and supply of industrial static sealing products and delivers industrial gaskets on a global scale.

After that he will head down to Garnett Wire Ltd in Stone Street, off Westgate.

The 150-year-old company is in the middle of a planned 300 home housing development.

“At the moment, the factory stands on its own in the middle of this desolate and derelict site and everyone agrees that a solution needs to be found to this problem,” said Coun Pinnock.

The party will then visit Cleckheaton Library and the derelict Tesco site before heading to the town hall where they will meet staff.