Campaigners have failed to change councillors’ minds on closing Whitcliffe Mount Sports Centre.
A special meeting was convened to review the decision to demolish the Cleckheaton facility following criticism from the ombudsman.
The council’s cabinet – the senior group of councillors who rule on important decisions – voted to stick with their original decision.
It means work can begin next year on a replacement for the adjoining school, which is part of the Government’s priority Schools Building programme. The cabinet said it feared funding to rebuild Whitcliffe Mount school would be lost if it id did not close the adjacent sports centre.
And councillors said the Education Funding Agency could seek to recoup £12m from the council if the school project was scuppered.
At the meeting, held at the sports centre on Thursday evening, members of the public appealed for the centre to remain open.
Many spoke passionately about the need for the centre, the impact on the local area and effect on the health of residents, as well as saying the centre was well used by clubs and individuals for a range of sports.
Deputy Council leader Clr Jean Calvert, who chaired the meeting, said she was satisfied that most people would be able to access provision at other sites in Kirklees.
A new improved fitness area will open 1.8 miles away at Spenborough pool in January.
Clr Graham Turner said the finances meant the only option was to close the centre, as it makes a loss currently and the funding for the new school would be put at very significant risk.
The decision means the Whitcliffe Mount sports centre is likely to close in May so it can be demolished to make way for the building of the new school.