Cliffe House in Shepley to be made accessible to disabled children
Jul 7 2010 by Barry Gibson, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
CHILDREN with disabilities will be able to learn outdoors after councillors backed a major upgrade.
Kirklees Council’s Cabinet yesterday approved £1.2m to improve Cliffe House in Shepley.
The Edwardian house is used by primary school children from across Kirklees to learn about the environment.
The money will make Cliffe House accessible to disabled children and allow them to take short breaks with their families. Cabinet member for children Clr Cath Harris believes the funding is a good idea.
The Ashbrow Labour councillor said: “This will allow children with disabilities to have access on a par with their peers, which I think is very much welcome. It will also allow families with disabled children to have short breaks there.”
The upgrade will include installing ramps and hoists, building disabled toilets and changing rooms and widening doors. A new kitchen, office and caretaker’s room will also be built. Paths and gates will be widened and an accessible dipping area created at one of the ponds.
The upgrade will begin next month and is due to be completed by the end of the year.