A £3 MILLION investment in new and modern facilities in the district has been approved.

Cabinet green-lighted pumping in up to £3 million in Adult Social Care services to modernise facilities in Heckmondwike on Tuesday. 

This will be done by changing existing services in the Mill Dale and Crescent Dale care homes, both in Nunroyd.

Kirklees Council will use the money to improve the availability of existing local places for day opportunities and enable staff to support more adults with complex and multiple learning and physical disabilities through high-quality day services. 

A further investment was also discussed to develop new and modern-day opportunities facilities in the north of Kirklees.

These will replace existing outdated settings in Ravensthorpe and ensure that the Council is able to meet current and future demand, particularly for those children with SEND who will transition to adult social care. 

The overall investment will bring facilities in north Kirklees in line with the more modern and fit-for-purpose facilities in the south of the district.

All proposed building changes will incorporate the University of Stirling’s Dementia Service Development Centre standards, along with significant design and technology features that support neurodiversity and people with complex physical disabilities.

Councillor Musarrat Khan, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said: “Now is the time to further invest in our residents with learning disabilities, adults and children who will access support in the future, so they can be supported to live well and independently.

“I am excited about our investment plans that will mean cleaner, greener, fit for purpose and much-needed modern facilities for adults with learning disabilities in Kirklees.

“We will continue working closely with individuals and their families through this programme of change.

“Our plans to develop new facilities mean we can vacate outdated properties that currently incur high maintenance costs and in this national climate of financial pressures that can only be a good decision”. 

Building works in Heckmondwike will take six months and be completed by Summer 2024.

Feasibility studies to identify a suitable replacement for existing settings in Ravensthorpe will commence this autumn, with the results returning to cabinet for approval later in the year.