Two day care centres in Keighley are earmarked for closure as part of swingeing council cuts.

Holmewood in Fell Lane and the Oaks Resource Centre at Oakworth Road are both facing the axe.

Bradford Council plans to shut all its social day care centres during the next three years as part of efforts to slash £14.7 million from the adults and community services budget.

It would instead buy-in reduced levels of provision from the independent and voluntary sectors.

Town mayor Councillor Sally Walker, a former nurse who has visited the Oaks in her civic role, voiced her fears.

“If you outsource you do not always get the same level of service and you lose control over it,” she said. “I don’t think anyone can be happy about the service cuts, and surely, if you look deeply enough into it, savings could be made elsewhere.”

This week it was also revealed Treetops at Haworth and Daisy Chain at Silsden are among seven children’s centres across the district faced with having their funding withdrawn, a move to save £2.4 million that has infuriated Tory councillors.

Coun Glen Miller, who represents the Worth Valley ward and leads the Tory group on Bradford Council, said according to authority leaders, the threatened centres were in areas with a “lower need”.

“It does not surprise me it is the children’s centres in areas that do not traditionally vote Labour that are the ones being closed,” he added.

“Deprived children in the Worth Valley do not appear to be being treated on a par with those in Labour areas.

“Parents will now have the choice of not taking their children to a centre or facing the hardship of transport costs they can ill afford.”

Treetops has been attended by more than 480 children in recent months, and play sessions are so popular, numbers have had to be limited.

A variety of activities are held, with some groups just for babies and others for toddlers and older children. Support is also offered to families on a range of issues.

Daisy Chain, in Elliott Street, opened in 2010, and provides numerous activities and services for under-fives and their families.

As well as play and activity sessions for youngsters, an array of information and support is available to their parents, covering everything from first aid to family law.

Coun Andrew Mallinson, whose Craven ward includes Silsden, said the centre provided an invaluable service.

“It’s a brand new facility only open a few years,” he added. “In these rural areas, there are serious concerns about providing a service and facilities for the young.”

But Coun Ralph Berry, executive member for children and young people, said the council was faced with having to cut £115 million from its budget during the next three years.

He added: “Over a year ago, the Government cut the Early Intervention Grant by a third, which means we have continued to maintain the children’s centres at our own cost,.

“However, we have now been forced to look at ways we can continue the services throughout the district but from less centres.

“The Government has issued guidelines that say we must prioritise on the basis of providing services in those areas where there is greatest need.”

He urged people to air their views on the proposals at or by picking up a leaflet from libraries and council contact centres.