A COUNCILLOR has accused Kirklees Council of letting down elderly residents over a promised community centre revamp.
The Walker Welfare Centre, in Edge Lane, Thornhill, was closed for safety reasons several years ago.
The council at first promised to repair it, but then opted for demolition when the renovation estimates topped £300,000.
Two years ago, after a campaign by Dewsbury South Tory councillor Khizar Iqbal, the council agreed to hand over the building to a community trust and give a £100,000 development grant.
But today the building – used by the Walker Welfare Senior Citizens’ Group for 40 years – stands empty and decaying.
Politicians from both Labour and the Tories have claimed credit for ‘saving’ the centre over the years and Clr Iqbal said the building had become a "political football".
For his part Clr Iqbal said: "I feel embarrassed that a new building was promised two years ago and nothing has happened.
"It has not been within my gift because the council is Labour- controlled but I still feel the people have been let down.
"I would go as far as saying the council has failed in its legal duty to hand over this building."
A council spokesman said: "A Cabinet meeting in 2010 agreed to transfer the Walker Welfare Centre to a community trust along with a capital allocation of £100,000 at the request of ward members.
"Since then, however, no community trust as been put forward to undertake this role.
"If a body came forward in the future then a further report would then need to go to Cabinet to use funds from Corporate Contingency and formalise any transfer."