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I doubt it will be demolished.

The Castle Hill fiasco again highlights some questionable Kirklees council activity, or lack of it.

Aren't planning departments supposed to maintain an ongoing inspection operation, or not ? At what point did a the cellar of the Castle Hill Hotel become "larger than was agreed"? Exactly how much variance from agreed plans has taken place? For most casual observers the variance appears huge.

The monstrosity atop Huddersfield's famous hill would not be out of place aside an inner city business park, possibly housing insurance company offices.

But in such a significant location, sorry it's well out of order. Sadly, the nature of what is only now being debated has been obvious for months, so why not from the windows of the Civic Centre?

However, this latest debacle further highlights the deficient nature of our local authority. Highways schemes that have caused greater problems than they have solved, eg the Marsh farce, and new school buildings with long discredited flat roofs are some obvious examples.

I very much doubt the Castle Hill Hotel will be demolished, "justifications" for the hideous thing to remain will inevitably be agreed. Equally, I don't suppose the controlling party of Kirklees council will want these fiascos to be debated too hard during the current election campaign.

John Procter
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:May 22, 2004
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