AMATEUR footballers have to use rundown changing rooms despite £100,000 being paid for an upgrade.
Players have to put up with a leaking roof, a broken sink and doors that don’t shut properly at the changing rooms at Reinwood Recreation Ground on New Hey Road.
The Salvation Army moved into its new headquarters on the site of the old Oakes Police Station at Easter.
Kirklees Council gave the charity a 125-year lease on the site in return for a £100,000 contribution to upgrading the changing rooms.
However, work is yet to get underway.
Andrew Morris is manager of Marsh Liberal Club, one of the teams that uses the changing rooms.
He said: “The Salvation Army building has been up for the past six months and nothing has been heard of the money since.”
Mr Morris explained the problems with the changing rooms.
He said: “The roof leaks a lot every time there’s a heavy downpour, there’s one sink that hardly works, one toilet and the changing room doors don’t close properly.”
Mr Morris has spent his own time and money improving the changing rooms, which are also used by Paddock Rangers. He said: “I’ve painted it all inside and out, spending £50 out of my own pocket.”
Clr Tony Brice, who represents the area on Kirklees, is also keen to see the changing rooms improved.
The Lindley Conservative said: “I’m very annoyed about this, the sportsmen have substandard changing rooms.”
Clr Brice explained that the Salvation Army made a contribution to refurbishing the changing rooms.
He said: “The council’s Culture and Leisure Service wanted £300,000 for the refurb which was then knocked down to £100,000. The Salvation Army paid the money but it went into the council’s capital fund and is not available to Culture and Leisure.
“That money is gone now and the Salvation Army are left with an eyesore next to their new headquarters.”
But a council spokesman said that the changing rooms would still be upgraded.
He said: “Refurbishment of the building is still planned, although no date has been set for work to begin. The money involved is part of the council’s Capital Programme, and it is this programme which will fund the refurbishment.
“We have kept in touch with the Salvation Army so that they are fully aware of the situation, and this will continue to be the case.”