A disability group claims it has been forced out of its weekly leisure centre slot.
Waves Day Centre, of Slaithwaite, was left “shocked” when it was told without warning that its 30 members could no longer use the sports hall at Colne Valley Leisure Centre at the regular Friday time they had been booked into use it for the past three years.
Waves’ session was instead moved to later in the afternoon in between 11.30am to 1pm, a time which was unusable to the group because it would have taken place over its lunchtime and forced them to cancel other activities in the afternoon.
Sally-Anne Green, chief executive of Waves, said that they were initially told no other slots were available during the week but after complaining were offered another slot at 2.30 to 3.30pm, which she said was also a “logistical nightmare”.
“We were really shocked when we got the phone call.
“We couldn’t believe that they had not warned and consulted with us before the centre management team made its decision.
“At first we weren’t given an alternative to the new time within the entire week, which was very sad and disappointing for our children.
"They get a lot out of the session and when the alternative was finally offered for 11.30am on Fridays we said we wouldn't have been able to go to the due to us having our lunchtime at that time and taking part in other activities in the afternoon.
“They came back to us later with the other time, which we may have to take if there is no other option but it will be a logistical nightmare as everyone leaves Waves’ centre at 4pm.
“We just don’t understand why our slot for disabled people has been taken over by other groups with members who must surely be more flexible than we can be.
“It’s a shame because the staff themselves have been great with us, it’s just this management decision.”
A spokeswoman for Kirklees Active Leisure said that they are still waiting to see if Waves want the new slot but said that the group had to be moved.
She added that Waves had been given a goodwill gesture to arrive 15 to 30 minutes earlier for the original time and hired the hall at a discounted rate.
She said: “KAL continuously review their fitness timetables and work hard to provide a complimentary programme across sites. Decisions are made by the organisation based on both the viability of classes and the schedules at other sites.
“There was a need in the business which meant that a yoga session and Locala session needed to be moved to accommodate all groups.
“Therefore KAL do regret that we have had to move the session but in addition to this will continue to offer the good will gesture for people to arrive early if the space on the agreed time and day allows.
“KAL continue to work as a community hub of which CVLC remains a key part of the Slaithwaite community.