£1m ‘streetscapes’ project in town ‘renaissance’

£1m ‘streetscapes’ project in town ‘renaissance’
By Tony Earnshaw 
Local Democracy Reporter

THE ‘renaissance’ of Dewsbury is set to continue with further investment.

Kirklees Council’s Better Places Strategy has already spent millions on town centre projects such as Pioneer House, Dewsbury Market, the station and the town hall.

Now, in advance of the formal unveiling of its masterplan in February, the authority aims to improve the town’s ‘streetscapes’ by introducing green features and public art.

More than £1.1m has been allocated to the project, which includes the creation of a ‘pocket park’ on Northgate and a ‘town park’.

An additional £320,000 will go towards improvements at Dewsbury Sports Centre with the installation of a Dare-2-Air inflatable theme park.

The work aimed at benefiting ‘the totality of Dewsbury’ is expected to be rolled out over a five- to six-year period.

“We are trying to create a place people might want to frequent and be very proud of,” said Coun Peter McBride, who also referred to “developing Dewsbury’s renaissance” at the council’s Cabinet meeting in Huddersfield Town Hall on Tuesday.

He added that to “show off” the town’s architecture to its best advantage, the council needed to create spaces “to enable people to walk round and appreciate what they might see.

“If they look up, they’ll see something quite magnificent.”

Coun Cathy Scott (Lab, Dewsbury East) described the project as “a fantastic investment for Dewsbury”.

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