A PLAYGROUP has won a battle over its move.
Cowcliffe Playgroup - now based in a Scout hall on Netheroyd Hill Road - is to build a portable unit and outdoor play area in the grounds of Fixby Junior and Infant School in Lightridge Road.
Residents objected to the move, saying it would increase traffic on an already congested school route.
The site would have its own car park but shared access with the school.
Despite the objections and a 53-signature petition, Kirklees Council's planning sub-committee gave permission for the plan last Thursday.
Angela Glover, the playgroup's vice- chairman, said: "It will be fantastic for the children.
"It will be purpose-built, with low windows and child-sized toilet facilities. We will also be able to cater for children with special needs and disabilities.
"The outdoor play area is a big thing, too," she added.
"There is also the advantage of being in school grounds. The children will be able to see what to expect when they move up to school.
"The school is also keen to involved our kids in assemblies and special events. It will be super."
Mrs Glover said the Scout hall had been the playgroup's home for 36 years, but it was no longer suitable.
She added: "Things have changed, including expectations from Ofsted inspectors. We are dealing with pre-school age children and this building just isn't designed for them."
Playgroup officials are working with Kirklees to decide on hours that will minimise traffic problems.
They are also launching a campaign to raise £60,000 to pay for the move.
Mrs Glover said: "We are applying for grants, but we are hoping local businesses will help.
"It doesn't need to be money they give. Something like an ex-display kitchen would be worthless to them, but perfect for us.
"We've raised £2,500 ourselves, but we do need help."
The playgroup is hosting a fundraising Body Shop party at St Hilda's Church in Cowcliffe on October 20.
Anyone who can help should contact chairwoman Emma Bennett on email@example.com or call 077715683904.