Hailing the end of taxi cab site

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BULLDOZERS are set to move in to the old Eastern Taxis site in Heckmondwike.

The long-awaited demolition of the offices is scheduled to begin on May 9, Kirklees has announced.

The work will pave the way for the new Library and Information Centre which is to be built on the site.

The demolition contract is currently out for tender and it is expected to take up to five weeks to flatten the buildings at 135 Royle Fold as well as 4-6 Northgate.

The progress of the scheme comes after the Secretary of State granted a Compulsory Purchase Order on land needed for development.

The land was occupied by Eastern Taxis which has now moved to alternative premises in Cemetery Road.

Royle Fold will be closed in advance of the demolition work starting but Kirklees says it should have only a limited impact on the town centre. The area will be tidied up and the hoardings screening the site will be replaced.

The council is in discussion with METRO about an affordable scheme for the bus terminus also planned for the site in the current financial climate.

Ken Gillespie, Kirklees Council’s director of place, said: “This is an important site for the council. The demolition of the remaining buildings is a key milestone in our joint commitment with Metro to the town, in progressing work to improve facilities for local people.”