Breathe new life into this gem of a for­mer church

Huddersfield Daily Examiner - - FRONT PAGE -

Micky Ste­wart, for­mer crick­eter, Ge­orge Chakiris, ac­tor, Russ Ab­bot, co­me­dian, Be­g­ley Jr, ac­tor, Mickey Rourke, ac­tor

David Cop­per­field, ma­gi­cian, Neville Southall, for­mer foot­baller Richard Marx, singer/song­writer, An­thony, mu­si­cian and ac­tor, pop singer SURELY the lovely for­mer St An­drew’s church on Leeds Road could make an ideal re­cy­cling and up­cy­cling cen­tre for lo­cals and en­vi­ron­men­tal char­i­ties.

Its lo­ca­tion is ideal - next to Kirklees Coun­cil’s ma­te­ri­als re­cy­cling fa­cil­ity for fur­ni­ture/ elec­tronic waste/white goods etc and also their in­cin­er­a­tor op­er­ated by SITA which di­verts 50,000 of tonnes of house­hold waste from land­fill serv­ing the 150,000 house­holds across the Kirklees area by burn­ing the waste and, as a by-prod­uct, gen­er­at­ing elec­tric­ity for 15,000 homes.

BBC1’s cur­rent af­ter­noon TV se­ries Money For Noth­ing high­lights how dis­carded house­hold items can be re­cy­cled - presenter Sarah Moore in­ter­cepts items from waste tips and gets them re­fur­bished, even mak­ing a profit.

Kirklees Coun­cil’s leader David Sheard and chief ex­ec­u­tive Jac­qui Ged­man might ben­e­fi­cially watch Money For Noth­ing and ap­ply the les­son to St An­drew’s - now op­po­site a Premier League Foot­ball Sta­dium with VIPs pass­ing from all over Bri­tain. What bet­ter op­por­tu­nity for an eth­i­cal en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly busi­ness which per­haps a mil­lion­aire foot­baller from Hud­der­s­field or else­where could spon­sor.

A Kirklees com­pul­sory pur­chase or­der could se­cure the build­ing for an­other joint ven­ture with SITA. Kirklees Coun­cil showed en­ter­prise and vi­sion 25 years ago in de­vel­op­ing the £100m Kings­gate shop­ping cen­tre in part­ner­ship with the Sh­effield-based Henry Boot Group. I was in the team, help­ing as­sem­ble the site and as a by-prod­uct cross-sub­sidised the ad­join­ing theatre.

Now St An­drew’s offers an­other smaller chal­lenge for a Kirklees-led eco-friendly ini­tia­tive.

St An­drew’s mer­its at­ten­tion by Kirklees Coun­cil - it’s an ar­chi­tec­tural gem listed na­tion­ally for its ar­chi­tec­tural im­por­tance and so de­mo­li­tion or alternative use would re­quire Kirklees Coun­cil’s con­sent. It was de­signed by the Vic­to­rian ar­chi­tect Wil­liam Henry Cross­land, a pupil of Sir Ge­orge Gil­bert Scott who de­signed the For­eign Of­fice in London and St Thomas’ church in Hud­der­s­field, Royal Hol­loway Col­lege, Univer­sity of London; Rochdale Town Hall and St Peter’s church in Birstall.

With such a pedi­gree, Kirklees Coun­cil surely can­not turn its back on St An­drew’s?

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