Kirklees Council is looking to close The Deighton Centre.

Officers feel the former Deighton High School site is too big and too costly to maintain.

And a children’s nursery that parents fought to save five years ago is also set to shut.

Now council officers and senior councillors are looking at proposals to move staff from the centre into offices in Huddersfield.

Details are set to be made available to Cabinet members in October.

It is part of a major scheme to rationalise office use by Kirklees Council staff in the face of Government cuts to their budgets.

The Deighton Centre is a large multi-purpose centre off Deighton Road. The centre has a large variety of conference, meeting and training rooms available along with a full-sized hall and gym which is used for conferences and family parties.

The centre also has four full sized football pitches and changing facilities available for hire.

For many years, the centre has been used for a series of training courses and services provided by the council.

The closure plans would also mean the shutdown of Tiddlywinks Nursery, which is on the site, but the Deighton Sports Centre – which includes the sports hall and soccer pitches – is not affected by the plans.

The Deighton Centre
The Deighton Centre
 

Tiddlywinks nursery offers places to more than 40 children and has been run by the council.

In 2008 there was a proposal to close it along with others in Huddersfield but parents mounted a campaign and the nursery was reprieved.

Children using the nursery have three playrooms, bathroom facilities and an outdoor area.

Staff working at the centre were told of the moves in a briefing and are concerned.

One said: “They have said they hope to end the services by the end of the financial year and move us all out before then.

“They are talking about jobs within a three-mile radius but obviously people are concerned.

“A lot of people like working here at Deighton and a lot have been here for years”.

A council spokesperson said: “The council is looking to move from some of its older expensive-to-run buildings into a smaller and cheaper to maintain set of premises with a reduced carbon footprint and which provide the flexibility of a modern office environment.

“The proposal to move employees from the Deighton Centre is in line with this strategy to have fewer buildings.

“The proposal is due to go to Cabinet in October and, until approved, there will be no timescale for the move.

“Staff have been briefed at the first opportunity in order to keep them fully informed. There will be no redundancies.

“Tiddlywinks Nursery will be affected but we will ensure that continued nursery provision will be made for families in the area.

“The move will not affect the Deighton Sports Centre.”

The centre was formerly a high school for Deighton, Bradley and Brackenhall students.

Deighton High School closed on August 31, 1992 and most students and some staff were relocated to Fartown High School.