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New lease of life for Dewsbury Market

Friday, 11 August 2017

We are taking the first step in the next stage of our plans to refresh Dewsbury Town Centre as part of the North Kirklees Growth Zone regeneration project.

We are looking to appoint independent consultants

We are looking to appoint independent consultants who can use their specialist knowledge to work with local people on a plan to secure a positive future for Dewsbury market.

We recognise that the market was once a major attraction drawing in coach parties of visitors from miles around, and it remains an important aspect of the retail offer in the town.

What’s the plan?

However, like many other markets across the country it is not as popular as it once was and in order to ensure that it can thrive long into the future, we need to develop a research based plan, and this is where the consultants come in.

Consultants will be asked to look at the physical aspects of the market and how it is used as well as gathering feedback and intelligence from traders, businesses, local residents and community groups. They will also look at what funding opportunities are available to Kirklees in the future to turn ideas generated into reality.

Other improvements we’ve made around the area

The regeneration of the market follows on from the our investment in Pioneer House and the agreement with Kirklees College to move their campus to the Dewsbury Learning Quarter. This will bring 1000s of students and potential shoppers into town to study at Pioneer house and a new facility (The Springfield Centre) across the ring road at the old Safeway site.

Where does the funding come from?

The Dewsbury Learning Quarter is being part funded through the Leeds City Region Growth Deal, delivered by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) and the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP), supported by Kirklees Council, The Heritage Lottery Fund, and The Dewsbury Townscape Heritage Initiative.

What other projects will be invested in?

This new investment is part of a range of projects that are being planned for Dewsbury and the wider North Kirklees area over the next 10 years as part of the North Kirklees Growth Zone (NKGZ) economic regeneration initiative.

What do our councillors think?

Cllr Peter McBride, cabinet Member for Economy said:  “This is a positive and important first step in how we can work with the community and traders to secure the long term future of Dewsbury Market, and reinforces the Council’s commitment to delivering the aspirations of the North Kirklees Growth Zone.  The market has a long history with the town and is an important part of our heritage. It’s declined over the last few years, but it has the ability to deliver more for the town centre and residents, supporting our local economy. I believe that this work could result in a world class market, which as part of the wider regeneration activity, will make the town centre more appealing to residents and visitors, and encourage more people to shop, live and work in Dewsbury.”

News Article From: Kirklees Together

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