May 2015 – Statutory Appeal submitted
March 2015 – Inquiry battle lost
Huddersfield Examiner: http://www.examiner.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire-news/butterley-spillway-campaigners-lose-battle-8853662
January 2015 – News from the planning inquiry
Huddersfield Examiner: http://www.examiner.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire-news/butterley-spillway-inquiry-ends-campaign-8526159
January 2014 – Planning Permission Refused
Huddersfield Examiner: http://www.examiner.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire-news/butterley-spillway-campaigners-win-fight-6489030
September 2013 – Exhibition to celebrate the spillway
Huddersfield Examiner: http://www.examiner.co.uk/news/local-news/butterley-spillway-campaigners-open-exhibition-5868096
August 2013 – Poet adds voice
Simon Armitage Yorkshire Post article: http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/main-topics/local-stories/poet-adds-voice-to-campaign-to-save-victorian-spillway-from-demolition-1-5926833
July 2013 – Butterley in Parliament
Huddersfield Examiner: http://www.examiner.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire-news/fight-save-butterley-reservoir-makes-5103858
July 2013 – The plans are submitted to Kirklees Council
Huddersfield Examiner: http://www.examiner.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire-news/plans-go-controversial-work-butterley-4884032
July 2013 – Save Butterley Spillway seeks upgrade from Grade II to Grade II* Listing
Watch the webcast here: http://www.kirklees.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/108400/start_time/1027000
Councillor Mehboob Khan, Leader of Kirklees Council said the following after the Save Buttery Spillway deputation at Full Council on the 10 July 2013.
“I have agreed on behalf of the Labour Party to support the local campaign group and the Council will be writing to the Chief Executive of English Heritage and Yorkshire Water asking for their support on preserving this”
December 2012 – Father Christmas pays a visit!
October 2012 – Victorian Society – Butterley Spillway is one of the ten most endangered buildings in England and Wales
See full article on the Victorian Society’s website: http://www.victoriansociety.org.uk/news/butterley-spillway-marsden-west-yorkshire/
September 2012 – MP joins the fight
Huddersfield Examiner: http://www.examiner.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire-news/mp-joins-fight-save-butterley-4944185
August 2012 – Stone theft!
A COUPLE of months ago I noticed a Save Butterley Spillway poster in Marsden stating ‘once it’s gone, it’s gone forever’.
Now I’m quite keen on the spillway and was glad there were people out there contesting moves I knew nothing about, but as I’m not a born campaigner, I left it at that.
Next morning I awoke to find my front stone wall had been stolen in the night.
The police informed me it wasn’t an uncommon problem. What annoyed me most (aside from the usual affront you feel at having something stolen) was the wider issue of posterity.
I know in the great scheme of things a bit of stone theft isn’t the crime of the century but as Yorkshire stone is so expensive – and with no guarantee it won’t be taken again – from our wall at least – it’s gone forever.
It’s happened to friends who haven’t replaced for the same reasons.
If we’re unable to preserve the unique original features that make up our landscape, making do instead with cheaper or concrete copies, eventually it will be irrevocably diminished.
Which brings me to the spillway and the campaign I’ve now joined.
At a time when Yorkshire pride has rightly gone global, with the help of our White Rose Olympians, it seems more poignant than ever that Yorkshire Water is prepared to fritter away some of that pride by destroying the only listed spillway of its type in the country.
English Heritage states that ‘listing helps us acknowledge and understand our shared history’ – sadly not if Yorkshire Water has its way.
May 2012 – The group gathers momentum
Huddersfield Examiner: http://www.examiner.co.uk/news/local-west-yorkshire-news/2012/05/05/fight-to-save-historic-marsden-spillway-at-butterley-reservoir-86081-30905310/
March 2012 – The group is formed
Huddersfield Examiner: http://www.examiner.co.uk/news/local-west-yorkshire-news/2012/08/07/marsden-reservoir-protests-over-yorkshire-waters-plans-will-continue-86081-31563547/