Action group aims to pour cold water on development
AN action group has been formed to fight plans for a 50 bedroom hotel and a small-scale supermarket in Hebden Bridge.
The Keep Hebden Local Campaign said the proposal for King Street would take business away from the town centre.
A campaign group statement read: “The claim is that 100 jobs will be created on the former Brown’s site, but in reality many jobs could be lost among the independent businesses in the town. Our unique local shops and markets contribute to the local economy, whereas a supermarket would divert money away from the town. According to a Friends of the Earth analysis, fifty per cent of small business income returns to the local economy; only five per cent of supermarket income is spent locally.”
Architect Moreton-Deakin Associates were unavailable for comment.
The action group was set up after a meeting to discuss the proposals, which was held at The Stubbing Wharf, King Street, Hebden Bridge, last weekend.
The meeting was called by Friends of Mytholm and was chaired by local town planner Chris Standish. Issues raised were; parking, the hotel and supermarket’s effect on local traders, drainage and more.
Susan Quick, from the friends group, said: “If we are to get a development which truly reflects the wishes of the community, it is important that we all take the time to make our views known.”
A meeting has been planned at The Stubbing Wharf from 7.30pm on Monday, October 22, for people to discuss the plans. In attendance will be representatives from Moreton-Deakin Associates, Calderdale Council planning officers, Dr Lindsay Males - urban analyst at Leeds Metropolitan University - and John Dunham - secretary of the Yorkshire branch of The Campaign for the Protection of Rural England.
Calder Ward Councillor Janet Battye said: “It’s an opportunity for the architects to explain the plans and for local people to asks questions about them.”
The expiry date for representations is Friday, November 2.
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