Kirklees Council chiefs are set to spend £20,000 on a new boiler at Huddersfield Sports Centre – which is due to close in 2015.

Kirklees Council bosses say the old boiler must be replaced to keep the centre open in the short term.

Huddersfield Sports Centre in Southgate will close when the town’s new sports and leisure complex at Springwood is completed.

Cabinet members will hear tomorrow that the existing boiler is at the end of its useful life.

A council report says: “In order to prevent closure of Huddersfield Sports Centre a supplementary boiler is to be installed...”

The council has explored various options but has decided a £20,000 replacement offers best value.

 

The details are revealed in the capital plan for the council as corporate landlord of public buildings.

It also reveals that the cost of capital works at Dewsbury Town Hall has increased from £350,000 to £600,000.

Work to Civic Centre I in Huddersfield has increased from £400,000 to £650,000. This accounts for more work rather than an under-estimate of planned work.

Changes include low-energy lighting to be installed to reduce the future maintenance cost.

The council has saved money on tendering costs with a range of capital works coming in under budget.

A lift at Byram Arcade, Huddersfield town centre, a new room at Mirfield Children’s Library and a boiler upgrade at the Tolson Museum, Ravensknowle Park, came in under budget.

 

The council also saved on works to Huddersfield Library and at the town’s crematorium offices. Overall it saved £37,000.

The capital works programme for this year totals £4.4m for libraries, offices, children’s centres, town halls and museums.