A NEW library, information point and children’s centre will be at the heart of the community in Almondbury.
Plans for a new centre on land at Fussey Allotments are being developed to create a place for the whole community.
The existing village library is now considered too small to deliver the services required, so the new centre will be bigger and better.
Kirklees Council want more space for books, computing facilities and an area for groups, events and activities.
The Sure Start Children’s Centre will provide health and family support to children and their families, along with financial, employment and childcare assistance.
Clr Liz Smaje, Kirklees Council Cabinet member for leisure and neighbourhood services, said: “The centres provide the ideal hub for finding out what is happening in the community with information on events, meetings and much more.
“Library and Information Centres which have already opened have brought extensive benefits to communities across Kirklees.”
As well as traditional library services, Almondbury residents will be able to arrange council tax payments, get help completing council forms and report problems at the new centre.
The council also hopes to create a wildlife area around the Almondbury centre, along with parking spaces.
Similar centres in Birstall, Skelmanthorpe, Shepley, Lindley, Deighton and for Birkby and Fartown have already proven to be a success, with 47% more residents using the facilities.
Other centres are also planned for Thornhill Lees in Dewsbury, Rawthorpe and Dalton.
Kirklees Council aims to create 35 Children’s Centres in the borough by 2010 to provide a range of family services under one roof.
Residents will be able to find out more about the plans at two information sessions.
One is on Saturday December 8 from 1 to 4pm at the Tenants and Residents Association at Aldonley, where there will be a children’s fun day.
Information will also be available at the present Almondbury Library, Stocks Walk, on Wednesday, December 12 from 3 until 7pm.