Rumours ongoing at moor

AGENTS marketing the Mirfield 25 business park have refused to confirm whether a Huddersfield engineering company has bought land on the site.

Last week rumours were circulating that the historic David Brown company, which manufactures machinery parts, wanted to relocate from Lockwood, to the site in Slipper Lane, where it would build gearboxes for wind turbines, which would bring 500 extra workers to the town.

The company has been based in Huddersfield for 150 years. Wayne Ball, general manager at David Brown’s Huddersfield site, said the company had been looking for a new site for some time - but had not reached a final decision about where to move.

This week chartered surveyor Mike Dove, from Dove Haigh Phillips property consultants, would not say whether David Brown or any other company had purchased space on the site.

He said: “We are continuing to market the property widely, locally, regionally and nationally, for both employment and C2 (business) uses.”

Coun Rick Webzell, chairman of Action Group Mirfield 25, said: “We don’t know if this rumour is true. It’s great that we have some industry still in the area when much of it has been lost and I wish them well. But we are trying to keep Mirfield Moor green as long as we can.

“This would open the floodgates to further industry.”