OBJECTORS to plans for a children's hospice at Bracken- hall have stepped up their protests.
A website has been set up to fight the proposal and the protesters have spoken out to demand a rethink over the plan.
The website www.fellgreave.org has been set up to fight the £3m proposals to build on Fell Greave field, off Fell Greave Road.
About 80 people have signed an online petition against the West Yorkshire Forget Me Not Trust's plans, which were scuppered at the 11th hour when they were withdrawn from a Kirklees Council planning meeting last week.
The protesters say more than 70 people have submitted separate written objections to Kirklees.
The Fell Greave Field Supporters Group says the building would ruin an area of natural beauty.
Spokeswoman Penny Weynberg, who lives off Fell Greave Road, said: "Our aim is not to stop the hospice but to save the field.
"We do not feel this needs to be an either or situation and hope we can all be winners.
"The aim should be to achieve support and relief for children with extraordinary medical needs without compromising the health benefit the site now offers to local children, while showing true stewardship of the land for future generations."
The group says the field is one of very few open spaces in the area where children can play safely.
They say it also forms the setting for a group of listed buildings and is part of a `green corridor'.
Mrs Weynberg added: "It is part of the historic landscape, with land use on this site being traceable back hundreds of years.
"It is bordered by ancient woodland and is in itself a wildlife habitat. We do not feel that all this needs to be lost."
The group has put forward two alternative sites nearby that it says are more suitable.
The old Brackenhall Community Centre site, off Long Hill Road, and land off Whitacre Street, have been pinpointed as potential plots.
Kirklees councillors were due to consider the hospice plans at a meeting last Thursday.
But the item was dropped from the agenda at the last minute over technical issues. It is likely to come back before the committee in July.
Fell Greave Field Supporters Group has offered to work with the Forget Me Not Trust to find a solution.
Mrs Weynberg said: "We feel for the Forget Me Not Trust in the negative experience of the planning process that they have endured so far."
Alan Dutton, vice-chairman of the Forget Me Not Trust, said he did not want to comment on the objections to the plan.
He added: "We are disappointed the planning application was removed from the agenda of last week's committee meeting.
"But we will be continuing to work with council officers to resolve this situation as a matter of urgency to ensure a swift consideration of the application."