Leader’s jokey ex­change in coun­cil cham­ber

Huddersfield Daily Examiner - - FRONT PAGE -

out­line the tan­gi­ble ben­e­fits he had brought back from his trip, Clr Pan­dor said he went to China to put Kirklees on the map.

“I used my charm and my glam­our. Even be­fore I got there I said: ‘When can we come and do a deal with you?’

“The trip was the be­gin­ning of some­thing great. China is the fu­ture. It’s the econ­omy that is sec­ond to Amer­ica with out­ward in­vest­ment of £136bn. I think the time is right for us to go there.

“Go­ing there on one visit won’t make things hap­pen. This not the end, it’s the be­gin­ning. In­dia and China are the grow­ing economies of to­mor­row.

“We can­not sell Kirklees by shout­ing from the town hall steps.”

Clr Pan­dor also ex­pressed con­fi­dence that some­thing pos­i­tive will come out of cross-party sup­port for a new hos­pi­tal for the bor­ough.

Ad­dress­ing the au­thor­ity’s full coun­cil meet­ing in Hud­der­s­field Town Hall, Clr Shabir Pan­dor said a pro­posal for a state-of-the-art re­place­ment for Hud­der­s­field Royal In­fir­mary rep­re­sented the coun­cil “at its great­est.”

He added: “What we have put for­ward might be an idea but be­cause we have got po­lit­i­cal will I feel some­thing good will come out of that.

“We might not get what we want in its en­tirety but I’m op­ti­mistic and that’s be­cause this coun­cil is at its great­est when it works on a cross-party ba­sis.”

Asked by Green Group leader Clr An­drew Cooper to pro­vide de­tail on in­vest­ment in Hud­der­s­field town cen­tre and a timetable for a master­plan, Clr Pan­dor said the coun­cil’s am­bi­tions were big and that the pace of de­liv­ery was go­ing to be fast.

Clr Pan­dor re­sponded: “There is a mas­sive piece of work to do.

“I will not pre­tend it’s go­ing to be easy.

“The master­plan has been com­mis­sioned. Part of that will be timescale and mile­stones.

“As soon as that is done I will share it. I am con­fi­dent that we will get there.”

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