£3m plea for Spen sports centre

£3m plea for Spen sports centre

CAMPAIGNERS want £3m of council funds set aside to replace a doomed Cleckheaton sports centre.

Lib Dems are to propose an amendment at next week’s budget meeting for a successor facility  to Whitcliffe Mount Sports Centre.

The facility on Turnsteads Avenue faces demolition to make way for a school rebuilding project.

Councillors are to debate the draft 2014-15 budget at a Huddersfield Town Hall meeting on Wednesday.

Kirklees last year earmarked £4.65m to secure the future of the Spenborough Pool in Liversedge.

Cash came from the authority’s capital rollover budget, which is money unspent at the end of the financial year.

Councillors want a replacement for Whitcliffe on land near the pool and are lobbying for funds.

They want cash now so a new building could be ready to open by the time Whitcliffe closes at the end of 2016.

Coun John Lawson (Lib Dem, Cleckheaton – pictured left) said: “A delay could mean a new building isn’t ready in time.

“There’s more than 50,000 people in Spen Valley and for that number not to have a sports centre would be unacceptable.”

He added that Huddersfield is getting a new £35m sports centre and said: “All we’re asking for is £3m for a sports hall.

“We’re disappointed that the cabinet’s budget proposals does not take into account the needs of Spen Valley.

“Since the plans to close Whitcliffe were announced residents have made it clear they want a sport centre.”

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