PROMISES made about sports facilities in a council newsletter may not be delivered, a councillor has claimed.
Kirklees Council’s Labour leader Clr Mehboob Khan is concerned about an article in the newsletter Kirklees Together.
The council-run freesheet includes a piece about a new sports centre in Huddersfield.
It begins: "A fabulous, up-to-the-minute, £26m sports centre with top quality facilities is to be built in Huddersfield."
The council’s Conservative Cabinet wants to demolish Huddersfield Sports Centre at Southgate to allow Tesco to build a supermarket.
Kirklees would build a replacement sports centre on the site of the Springwood car park.
But Clr Khan thinks the article gives the impression that the plans will definitely go ahead.
He said: "Readers of Kirklees Together could not be blamed for thinking that a new sports centre on the site of Springwood car park was nailed on and just about to be built.
"The sports centre is nowhere near commencement – in fact, it is not much more than a vague hope in the Tory Cabinet’s collective mind.
"There is no agreement, no planning permission for it and so it is wrong of them to announce it in this way.
"The development of the sports centre relies entirely on the Tesco development on the site of the existing sports centre and the Tesco development has not even got planning permission.
"While I can see no real objections to an improved sports centre, there are many, many people opposed to the Tesco development.
"For the Tories to be announcing it in this way seems to me to be prejudging the outcome of the planning process, something which is not allowed by planning law, and making a promise they cannot guarantee to deliver."
But Clr Ken Sims, Cabinet member for regeneration, disagreed.
He said: "What we’re doing now is no different to what Labour did when Kingsgate was being built in the 1990s – we’re asking people what they would like to see.
"I can’t understand what Clr Khan is jumping up and down about.
"We’re not pre-judging the planning process. The design will be finalised at the planning stage."