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Good time and bad in Kirklees 1988.

Byline: John Avison ,

There was good news and bad news for Kirklees ratepayers.

The bad bit was that 32% of the 35,000 council houses tenants were in arrears with their rents, with more than pounds 1m owed in total.

On the positive side, Kirklees Council leader Clr John Harman announced a pounds 200m package of social and economic schemes which promised to create thousands of new jobs.

Michael Walker, chairman and chief executive of Iceland Frozen Foods, was locked in an expensive battle to take over Bejam.

David Browns were waiting for the Thatcher government to decide between the British Challenger 2 tank and the American M1 Abrams to replace 600 Chieftains. At stake for Browns was pounds 600m worth of transmission orders.

Nationally there were other security worries. The IRA were reported to have taken delivery of a consignment of Russian SAM-7 ground-to-air missiles, courtesy of Col Gaddafi of Libya and over in Plymouth's Devonport Dockyard a dispute over asbestos levels halted a major overhaul of the nuclear sub HMS Warspite.

Britain's house building industry was in a boom period, said the Building Employers' Federation, Action on Alcohol Abuse was calling for a ban on "lager lout" advertising and the Child Poverty Action Group was worried that the loss of free school meals was putting the health of poorer children at risk.

It was said that in some cases they were now eating sandwiches, in others parents were going without their own meals so that the children could have a cooked lunch.

Plans to recruit more civilian staff for West Yorkshire police angered the Police Federation. Menawhile, Sgt Keith Garlick, who worked at Slaithwaite, was commended by the Chief Constable for his off-duty action in tackling three violent criminals who were pushing a stolen van near his home in Linthwaite.

Heavy weekend snowfall produced sledging joy for children and caused driving problems for the adults. It didn't help Eoin Hand's Huddersfield Town either - after being held to a 1-1 cup draw by Rochdale at Leeds Road, it postponed the Spotland replay.

It was a worse time for Fartown, bottom of rugby league Division II after a 4-30 thumping at home by Sheffield Eagles. The Examiner reported they were "outclassed in every department". New player/coach Nigel Stephenson was due to make his debut in the next game.
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Nov 25, 2006
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