A PROTEST has taken place at the site of a historic monument that had to be removed after being hit by HGVs.

The Oakenshaw Cross on Wyke Lane, Oakenshaw, was hit several times by HGVs, including in May 2021.

The Grade II-listed monument was awaiting repairs from that incident when it was smashed by another HGV in February 2022.

It was then removed and since then, major concerns have been raised about its future.

On Saturday, a group of residents passionate about safeguarding the cross for future generations held a peaceful protest. 

The Oakenshaw Monument Preservation Group is urging Kirklees Council to restore the cross and return it to its original position in the heart of the community.

Angela Nicholl said before the protest: "As local residents, of course we're passionate about having the heart of our community restored to its former glory but there’s also a historically significant monument at stake here."

David Shepherd, strategic director for growth and regeneration at Kirklees Council, said: "Kirklees Council understands residents' concerns and passion for Oakenshaw Cross and its historical importance to the local community.

"Discussions are still ongoing with officers, who are working closely with the residents of Oakenshaw to investigate external funding sources to reinstate this monument."