Villages are to get tens of thousands of pounds to improve leisure facilities.

Three areas have been earmarked for more work on recreation facilities as part of a deal between Kirklees Council and developers.

The schemes are known as Section 106 agreements and are built into planning decisions made by the council.

It requires developers to make funding available for recreation.

One of the latest beneficiaries is Meltham, with £79,000 allocated to the skate park.

The money is being made available by Jones Homes for work on the Broadlands recreation complex.

The housebuilder is working on a site off Helme Lane and the money will be split. Some £50,000 will be used to develop the second phase of the popular skate park on the site while a further £29,000 will be used for general improvements including wall repairs and paths.

Terry Lyons (front left) and Melvyn Gibson (front right) at the unofficial opening of the skatepark at Broadlands Rec, Meltham.
Terry Lyons (front left) and Melvyn Gibson (front right) at the unofficial opening of the skatepark at Broadlands Rec, Meltham.
 

The Friends group have also contributed a further £4,500 towards the skate project.

A report to next week’s Kirklees Council Cabinet said: “Local skaters, the Friends group, councillors and the local community have been consulted and are all really pleased with the success of the first phase of the skate park. They are keen to see the second phase get underway.”

A second pot of money is to be made available to Scholes recreation ground in Cleckheaton.

Ben Bailey Homes are putting up £39,000 will enable major improvement works to be carried out and additional fitness equipment installed.

The third scheme to benefit is in Prospect Street, Cleckheaton, where £13,000 is being made available to create a better play area for local families.

It follows an earlier allocation of £11,475 from the Prospect Mills Development.

A council spokesman said in the report: “This money, received for specific green and open space facilities, helps the council enhance play, sports and leisure provision.

“There will be revenue implications in terms of maintenance but the Section 106 agreements include monies to fund that for 10 years.”

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