LABOUR councillors want to abolish a Kirklees committee designed to involve Huddersfield residents in decisions on local issues.
The Huddersfield Area Committee was set up in 2002 and is one of 11 such groups in Kirklees.
It covers eight council wards, while some of the other committees cover just one ward. Each committee is made up of councillors from the wards it covers.
The aim of the committees was to get people in individual wards more involved in decision-making on projects in their areas.
But Labour group leader Clr Mehboob Khan says the large Huddersfield committee is failing to do this.
He said public attendance at its meetings was poor, whereas high numbers of residents turned out for meetings of single ward area committees, such as Mirfield.
He added: "People can't see the relevance of a large committee to their area."
Clr Khan and his Labour colleagues want multi-ward area committees abolished.
He wants to replace them with more single-ward committees.
He says that when issues which affect more than one ward need discussion forums should be set up for the public and council representatives to air their views.
Clr Khan says that if more single-ward committees are introduced they should have more powers, particularly over budgets. The budget for wards is currently allocated to the area committees, which approve or refuse councillors' requests for cash.
But Clr Khan says councillors' requests are nearly always accepted.
He said: "At the moment, it is no more than a rubber- stamping organisation. The real work is not done by the committee in these community projects, but by the ward councillors.
"We want more area committees and want to delegate more powers, so that local committees can decide their own priorities."
However, Clr Linda Wild, who chairs the Huddersfield Area Committee, said it had been a great success.
She said 47 projects had benefited from cash channelled via the committee.
She said £126,000 had been spent on schemes including clean-ups, facilities for young people, better street lighting and sports facilities.
The committee hopes to spend another £43,000.