IT looks as if the recession may be dealing the borough’s resources another blow.
Plans to build a Sure Start centre in Wooldale look likely to be scrapped after costs spiralled from £300,000 to £400,000.
The centre, earmarked for behind the community centre on Robert Lane, would have been the home to a Sure Start centre – a government initiative which aims to provide facilities designed to give children aged under five a better start to life.
It would have provided a one-stop-shop for education, health and parenting care under one roof, behind Wooldale Community Centre.
But the plans are expected to be dropped.
Kirklees Council officers will recommend the plans for refusal when it goes before councillors later this year.
Parents in rural areas like Wooldale currently have to travel to neighbouring towns and villages access such services.
The government is promoting these facilities, highlighting the benefits they bring to communities.
Therefore, if the government wants areas such as Wooldale to have Sure Start centres, then the funds must be made available to provide them.