‘We need some­where for re­fresh­ments’ ... but who should build it?

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“IT’S about time they sorted out Castle Hill. We need a build­ing for tourists to get re­fresh­ments, take in the sights and stay dry.”

Ex­am­iner read­ers have been speak­ing out on a bid by the Thandi Part­ner­ship to build a cafe/res­tau­rant with bed­rooms on the site of the old Castle Hill Ho­tel.

The Than­dis plan a ‘public-pri­vate’ scheme that will pro­vide vis­i­tor fa­cil­i­ties, space for ed­u­ca­tional and re­search work and su­per­vi­sion of the site.

Al­though no plans have been sub­mit­ted the Thandi Part­ner­ship – broth­ers Mick and Barry Thandi – want to re­sume plans to de­velop the site.

Their ideas have re­ceived a mixed re­ac­tion, with many read­ers point­ing out that it was the Thandi broth­ers who were in charge last time when plan­ning con­di­tions were breached and a par­tially re-built pub was or­dered to be de­mol­ished.

On Face­book Si­mon Al­sop said: “Per­haps if the Thandi broth­ers stuck to the orig­i­nal plans in the first place, there would al­ready be some­thing there.

“Per­son­ally I don’t think the Thandi broth­ers should be al­lowed any­where near the site again.”

Oth­ers came up with sug­ges­tions of their own for the his­toric site.

Peter Tier­nan said: “I sug­gest a cir­cu­lar build­ing with panoramic win­dows up­stairs for a cafe and ground floor re­source cen­tre for lo­cal schools etc.”

Julie Martyn added: “Yes, it cer­tainly needs some­thing. But NOT a mod­ern look­ing build­ing! Of course that’s go­ing to be cheaper than a stone build­ing in keep­ing with the area so that’s what will hap­pen.”

Jade Stead wel­comed the Thandi Part­ner­ship idea, say­ing: “Good stuff. Since the pub went on Castle Hill it is re­ally miss­ing some­thing up there. I hope it goes ahead.”

Emma Brun­ning, like many peo­ple, has mixed views on what the site needs.

She said: “I have mixed views about this, be­ing an ar­chae­ol­o­gist.

“It would be nice if a vis­i­tor cen­tre which was ac­ces­si­ble all year was up there, with a cafe and toi­lets.

“The Ju­bilee Tower is open dur­ing sum­mer with very old in­for­ma­tion boards. I used to work there about 17 years ago and they are still the same.”

Rita Phillips com­mented: “I am sur­prised the Than­dis are still in­volved. They are the rea­son the pub was de­mol­ished in the first place. Per­son­ally I would give a gen­uine lo­cal builder the job. Some­one who is in­ter­ested in im­prov­ing Hud­der­s­field not just to make money.”

Ruth Tay­lor added: “It prob­a­bly needs some­thing up there but I’m not sure a res­tau­rant with bed­rooms is the way to go.”

An­thony Hirst said it was “about time” some­thing was built, adding: “I per­son­ally haven’t been up there An aerial view of Castle Hill and, be­low, the par­tially re­de­vel­oped Castle Hill pub, which had to be pulled down by own­ers the Thandi Part­ner­ship in 2005 at all since there’s noth­ing to go for. Give us a rea­son to visit.

“It’s got some amaz­ing views but we need more than just a view­ing plat­form.”

Pre-ap­pli­ca­tion talks will take place on Thurs­day so that the Than­dis can get coun­cil­lors’ views be­fore pur­su­ing the ideas fur­ther.

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