Fiery town council meeting

HOT TOPIC: Mirfield Library was the main talking point in this week's meeting.
HOT TOPIC: Mirfield Library was the main talking point in this week's meeting.

Libraries, public toilets, and “grunge rock” were the orders of the day at a fiery Mirfield Town Council meeting this week.

Tuesday’s meeting brought another bumper crowd in the public seats, as people wanted to have their say on the issues affecting Mirfield.

One such debate saw Coun David Pinder accused of inaction over Mirfield Library, leading to a heated exchange with a member of the public.

Roger Johnson, from the Friends of Mirfield Library, said he had invited Coun Pinder to attend several meetings since the group’s inception last October, but said he would receive the “usual Pinder brush-off”.

Coun Pinder interrupted: “Be careful, I know a lawyer.”

Mr Johnson continued, claiming a meeting had been set up by the group on Monday March 7, which was attended by more than 30 people, but nobody from Mirfield Town Council.

Addressing the town council, Mr Johnson said: “I know what work is needed to deliver what is necessary, and I am delighted to withdraw my involvement and put it into your incapable hands.”

Mr Johnson stood up to leave during some choice words from Coun Pinder.

“Listen, and listen well, my friend,” he said. “You have twisted the truth several times. The only thing I am interested in is saving the library.

“I have always said the person who heads this group up should not be a town councillor, because then it would become politicised.”

On the mugging incident in Greenside Estate earlier this week, Mayor Coun Vivien Lees Hamilton offered her sympathies to the victims.

She added: “It seems that Mirfield has become a target for these sorts of incidents.”

Festival organiser Donal O’Driscoll made a presentation on plans for this year’s M-Fest.

After concerns were raised about noise, he promised the music would not be “heavy metal or grunge rock”.

A confused Coun Kath Taylor replied: “I’m too old to know what grunge rock is.”