KIRKLEES Council is to spend £1m on extending and improving a Dewsbury community centre.
The Thornhill Lees Community Centre on Brewery Lane will be extended to create a new library, information centre and children’s facility.
The extension will be in Lee Holm Park, alongside part of the Calder and Hebble Navigation canal.
The work is set to begin next month and should be finished by the autumn.
The extension will provide access to a range of services, such as council tax inquiries, help with benefits, housing inquiries and free internet access for all the family.
Child health and family support services will also be available.
They will include training opportunities for parents, learning activities for young children, support for childminders, counselling and other professional aid.
The community centre cafe is also to be refurbished and will provide a safe and friendly place for people to meet and enjoy the facilities.
Marlene Chambers, who chairs the Thornhill Lees Community Centre Association, said: “The centre’s board of trustees have worked very closely with Kirklees to create a friendly and welcoming facility for everyone in this locality.
“The development allows us to offer people up to date crèche facilities.
“The reconfigured kitchen and dining area will give us further scope to offer much-improved facilities for weddings, parties and community group meetings.
“We are very excited about working with the council on this joint community venture.”
Clr Liz Smaje, the Kirklees Cabinet’s member responsible for leisure and neighbourhood services, said: “By working together in partnership the council and the voluntary sector are developing and enhancing the community centre.
“The addition of new and valuable facilities which will bring many benefits to the residents of Thornhill Lees.”
The new centre is being developed to comply with energy efficiency regulations that aim to contribute towards a cleaner environment.
Organisers of the Dewsbury Housing Market Renewal Programme also plan to regenerate a recently demolished area across the road from the new centre, at the old transformer’s site.
These plans are still at an early stage, but are part of the programme driving the rejuvenation process in the Dewsbury area.