Campaigners protesting over plans to create allotments on an area of open ground have accused councillors of ignoring public opinion.
The controversial plan to install allotments at Churchfields in Denby Dale sparked a protest as many residents wanted to retain it as a village green.
But last week councillors at Denby Dale Parish Council formally voted 9-6 in favour of creating a growing area on the land.
Their decision came despite locals voting 89-4 against the idea at a public meeting in July.
A 700-signature petition against the plan was also lodged with Kirklees Council.
Campaigners tried to protect the site by lodging an application for ‘Village Green status’, but it was rejected.
Reuben Siuda, a member of Friends of Churchfields, accused councillors of ignoring public opinion and going back on a promise that they would reflect villagers’ views.
He said: “It beggars belief that they can plough on regardless.
“What was the point of a vote if they are going to blindly carry on?
“We were given assurances that the views of residents would be factored in.”
Mr Siuda, whose home overlooks the planned allotments site, said they would be an “eyesore”, that there was no parking and they would attract vermin.
And he said the plan would deprive dozens of children of somewhere to play.
He added: “This is a beautiful part of the village that has fabulous views of the viaduct.
“It’s ideal for a village park.
“There’s about 30 children around here desperate for somewhere to play.
“At the moment they’re in the streets getting in the way of cars.”
Denby Dale Tory Clr Jim Dodds, who also sits on the parish council, slammed the decision to go ahead and criticised some of his fellow councillors for not attending a public meeting on the issue.
Clr Dodds said he was “disappointed” with the result and mystified about the need for allotments when some in nearby Upper Denby were unallocated.
He said: “The councillors that voted for these allotments should have attended the public meeting and listened to the strength of feeling about saving the only open space left in Denby Dale.
“It really is a sad day when the wishes of 89 residents, together with a petition of over 700 names is over-ruled by nine councillors, of which only four attended the public meeting and only two represent the ward of Denby Dale.”
Labour member for Denby Dale, Clr Graham Turner, denied the move was anti-democratic and said many people had found the public meeting too hostile an environment to speak up for the allotments plan.
He said: “There are 12,500 people in this ward. The waiting list for allotments is about three to four years.
“We already have more people interested than we can supply.
“We’re only using one third of the site and the rest will be developed as a village amenity.”
Clr Turner said the vacant allotments at Upper Denby were private and not available for council use.
The breakdown of the vote was as follows.
Councillors in favour were Clr Brook, Clr Turner, Clr Rimmer, Clr Shaw, Clr Waites, Clr Rushforth, Clr Hardy, Clr Pickford and Clr Jewitt.
Against were Clr Watson, Clr Summers, Clr Gott, Clr Slater, Clr Naylor and Clr Dodds.