Old Burnhill’s site to be demolished

HERE TODAY... Demolition work on the onld Burnhill mills site could start this month.
HERE TODAY... Demolition work on the onld Burnhill mills site could start this month.
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Eyesore buildings in the centre of Cleckheaton could soon be razed to the ground.

Ward councillor Kath Pinnock says she has learned that the old Burnhill’s site at Northgate/Serpentine Road could be demolished within weeks.

The buildings are owned by Tesco which bought the land for its new superstore.

However earlier this year the company announced it was abandoning plans for the development, leaving many people concerned about what would happen to the derelict buildings.

Coun Pinnock, LibDem, said: “It is great to learn today that Tesco have taken steps to demolish the buildings. A demolition contractor has applied to start demolition on September 30.

“I am really delighted that they are going to clear it. It’s brilliant news, because it has been such a mess. The stone slates from one of the buildings have gone, so it’s open to the sky which makes it dangerous. It’s not secure and children have been getting in. Added to that it’s a terrible eyesore. What impression does it give people who come into Cleckheaton?

“We now need to find out what Tesco plans to do with it once the buildings have gone. Will they surface it and use it as a car park? I will certainly be asking these questions.

Fellow ward councillor John Lawson added: “I am delighted that Tesco are taking their responsibilities to our town seriously. Getting these now dangerous buildings flattened is fantastic news.”