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Vital £25 million secured for Dewsbury regeneration plans

Dewsbury has been granted £25 million for regeneration projects as part of a plan to regenerate the area.

We are excited to hear Dewsbury will receive £25 million for important regeneration projects across the town. Connect is looking forward to playing its part in this much-needed revival of Dewsbury and can’t wait to get started.

Having moved our Kirklees office to Dewsbury in an effort to contribute to the regeneration of the town centre, we were delighted to learn that the funding had been accepted and welcome this fantastic news for the area.

The £25 million has been granted by the government for the Dewsbury Town Investment Plan. The plan, put together by Kirklees Council Leader, Dewsbury MP, and the Dewsbury Town Board, will see the running of a number of projects aimed at buildings, public spaces, jobs and skills.

The plan is comprised of 9 projects which include improvements to the Arcade, Dewsbury Market as well as investment in roads, historic buildings, sustainable transport and public spaces.

Investments will also be made in local culture with a Creative Culture Programme aimed at bringing the community together. Part of the plan also focuses on skills and employment with the creation of a Skills Village to provide opportunities in the construction sector.

Our Director of Home and member of the Dewsbury Town Board Martyn Broadest said:

“At Connect, we’re absolutely thrilled that Dewsbury has secured this funding to progress the transformational projects included in the investment plan for the town.

“Connect moved its Kirklees HQ to Dewsbury over 5 years ago because we saw the potential that the town centre had to once again become a vibrant and thriving place. We’ve been on board with the regeneration plans since the start, and we intend to play an important part in helping to bring them to life. We’re looking forward to exciting change happening over the next few years.”

Leader of Kirklees Council, Cllr Shabir Pandor, said:

“This announcement is a big deal for Dewsbury. I’m delighted that the government has agreed to match our ambition for improving the local economy and environment for residents, businesses and visitors across the town. This bid was submitted as part of a competitive process and I’m really pleased we’ve been able to demonstrate what we can achieve for Dewsbury.

“We’ve talked to local people and businesses about the improvements they want to see in Dewsbury, and we will continue to work together to bring the plan to life. There’s a lot of work to do but this is a real vote of confidence for everyone who believes we can unlock Dewsbury’s economic potential and improve the lives and prospects of everyone who lives there.”

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