Fight to rename health centre after former Prime Minister

Laurie Harrison at Moorthorpe Station
Laurie Harrison at Moorthorpe Station

A campaign has been launched to change the name of the newly-opened £4.5m health centre in South Kirkby.

Church View Medical Centre opened last monthh - but now Coun Laurie Harrison, leader of South Kirkby and Moorthorpe Town Council,feels it wouldbe more fitting to name the centre after former Prime Minister Harold Wilson, who helped set up a knitting mill on the site in the 1940s.

Coun Harrison said: “The Invicta knitting mill was exactly on this site in 1947, and it was built thanks to Harold Wilson during the time he was a junior minister for trade.

“It gave the community the first alternative job opportunities.

“It .gave men the opportunity to work somewhere outside of a colliery and women more prospects as they could work in the town.

“Harold Wilson was a great Yorkshire man. He was a visionary. He believed that all young people should have equal opportunities.”

Coun Harrison, who has written to health centre bosses about his campaign, said the centre’s current name could also cause confusion for emergency services as there was another another Church View just yards away from the health centre.

A consultation was held to choose the name for the health centre, but naming it after Harold Wilson was not one of the options.

A spokesperson for the health centre said: “The name was chosen following a consultation with patients and the public in the local community to choose their favourite name and over 800 people participated in this.

“The brand new, purpose-designed Church View Health Centre opened in May and we have had excellent feedback from both staff and patients who are now using these bright, modern facilities.”

Harold Wilson, from Huddersfield, was a Labour Prime Minister from 1964 to 1970 and 1974 to 1976. He died in 1995.