PLANS have been launched to refurbish Dewbury cemetery.

Kirklees Council's Bereavement Services and Dewsbury Cemetery Action Group have decided the Victorian part of the cemetery needs major improvements.

They have drawn up an ambitious £1m plan to give it a facelift and turn several derelict chapels into a community focal point for western Dewsbury.

The aim is to create office space and a multi-purpose room for use as a study centre, training room, exhibition space and community centre.

Kirklees has conducted a feasibility study and estimate the cost to be £1m.

The council will be footing a large part of the bill, but is seeking outside cash.

If it is not found, the work will not go ahead.

It is hoped that some of the groups who would share the chapel and its resources may be willing to contribute.

Peter Linsell, bereavement services manager for Kirklees, said: "We are looking to link up with groups that may want to share the refurbished chapels and use the resources to deliver an exciting range of community projects and schemes."

Anyone interested in the project can phone management agent Paul Bailey at Bradbury Associates on 01924 444464 or paul