A NEW children’s centre looks set to go ahead after a long dispute.
Kirklees Council’s Cabinet yesterday approved plans for the centre on the Fussey Allotments site in Almondbury.
The £1m centre is scheduled to open next May.
Last April Almondbury’s three Lib-Dem councillors proposed building a library and children’s centre at the Fussey site.
The plan would have meant the village’s library on Stocks Walk – which dates back to 1904 – would have had to close.
It was built with money from Scottish-American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.
But Kirklees agreed to reconsider the plan after more than 1,000 people signed a petition demanding that the historic library stay open.
Cabinet member Clr Margaret Bates welcomed yesterday’s decision to build the centre while maintaining the library.
She said: “It’s good to know we’ve been able to listen to people’s concerns about this development.”