Members call for action to protect town’s history

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Members of Brighouse Civic Trust were given a brief history of the Brighouse Business Initiative group by Lesley Adams, one of its founder members. Lesley described some the successful events which had attracted thousands of visitors to Brighouse in recent years, and spoke about the markets and the Canal and Music Festival which are planned by the BBI for later this year.

It was agreed that the Trust’s own event for Civic Day in June is to be a photographic exhibition of the churches and chapels of Brighouse, which will be displayed at the Salvation Army citadel in King Street. The aim of the exhibition is to give the public an idea of the work of the Trust and its regular activities.

The Trust also recommended that the line of the ancient Roman road through Brighouse should be commemorated, as part of the town’s heritage.

The proposed new Aldi store on Birds Royd Lane would go over the line of the road at Snake Hill where it crossed the river Calder, just below Huddersfield Road bridge.

Members thought that it would be appropriate to place an information plaque near the site so that people in the town were aware of the important historical links which still exist in Brighouse, dating back to the Roman period, and possibly earlier.

Although the Trust did not formally object to the new Aldi supermarket, it is keen to see that similar future developments in the town recognise that they may affect important features connected with the fascinating history of Brighouse.