PLANS to build a village centre to help new parents are to be scrapped.
Proposals to build a Sure Start centre behind Wooldale Community Centre, Robert Lane, were announced in August.
But the plans are expected to be dropped after the expected cost of centre spiralled from £300,000 to £400,000.
Kirklees Council officers will now recommend the plans are rejected when they come before councillors later this year.
But Kirklees Council said it would be drafting alternative plans.
The centre was to be built as part of the Government Sure Start initiative which aims to give children under five a better start in life.
It would have provided education, healthcare and parenting advice under one roof.
The building was to house two members of staff in an office and include a consultation room that could be used by health professionals that would allow parents to avoid travelling to Holmfirth hospital or further.
Mike Hirst, treasurer of Wooldale Community Centre, said: “There will be quite a few people disappointed that it’s not going ahead.
“There could be a number of parents who could really benefit from it and I think they will be disappointed.
“It was going to be a service we didn’t have and in some cases it would have meant we wouldn’t have had to travel further afield.
“The problem is typical of Kirklees. All the stuff is going to North Kirklees and we’re supposedly an affluent area. Not all Holme Valley is affluent and idyllic.”
But Clr Ken Smith, Kirklees cabinet member for children and families, said the centre would have been an ‘inefficient use of money’ and would have suffered from poor access.
Clr Smith said: “We consulted with (Holme Valley South councillor) Donald Firth and whatever we did it didn’t look like a good idea. So we’re looking at a different approach rather than one fixed centre.
“I’m sorry they are disappointed, but it’s not the right place and there will be an alternative, more flexible approach including Outreach into people’s homes.
In July Kirklees Council announced a £2.5m budget over the next three years for centres in the more affluent parts of Kirklees.
A new centre has been planned for Upper Whitley Junior and Infants in Flockton and centres have been planned in existing buildings at Lindley Methodist Chapel, Old Bank Junior and Infants in Mirfield and High Bank First and Nursery School in Liversedge.