COUNCIL chiefs should grab the chance to give Mirfield its own permanent community centre, a campaigner said this week.
Geoff Walls spoke out after plans for the former Gilder Hall site on Greenside Road were given unanimous backing by town councillors.
The scheme is now set to go before Kirklees Council’s Heavy Woollen Planning Sub-Committee.
It may then face the main Planning and Highways Committee as the land is also earmarked for a road linking proposed homes at Crossley Fields.
Mr Walls, administrator of the Mirfield Community Trust (MCT), called on Kirklees to give their idea the go ahead.
He said Mirfield is one of the few places without a permanent community centre and Gilder Hall is a chance to fill the gap.
“Mirfield’s not been treated fairly in that respect,” Mr Walls said. “Almost everywhere else has a community centre and a lot of them are nearly new.
“I think the town deserves better. There’s a window of opportunity to do something and I hope Kirklees get behind it.”
The MCT run Mirfield Community Centre from a temporary base on Water Royd Lane, but it has no social or sports facilities.
More than 30 groups involving about 800 people use the centre every week, from the U3A to yoga and quilt-making.
Sports activities are run at the Old Bank Recreation Ground, and Gilder Hall would bring it all together on one site.
The scheme could cost £2.5m. Grants are thought to be available, but can only be accessed once outline approval is given.
Mr Walls added sports facilities at Gilder Hall would be geared towards children aged eight to 12 years old.
He said: “A lot of existing facilities are for older youths. We want to give children a taste of grass roots sport that prepares them for senior school.”