Council vow to get tough on Dewsbury town centre

Council vow to get tough on Dewsbury town centre

COUNCIL chiefs insist they are getting to grips with Dewsbury town centre – on all fronts.

It follows criticism from traders that Westgate is being left to rot, plus a new business blow for the area.

The Press previously reported that Connect Housing were unlikely to move into Pioneer House as had been hoped.

Our April 18 edition stated they were considering another location, now believed to be on Bond Street.

This could be the building used by Arts Council England, who are to quit Dewsbury for Leeds.

Meanwhile, the saga of the derelict Continental Cafe building on Westgate rumbles on. A council spokeswoman said: “We share concerns about these properties and the length of time they’ve been clad in scaffolding.

“The scaffolding has a valid licence and is understood to be providing structural support.

“Regular contact with the owner continues and the council has written again this week to request an update.

“We sought confirmation of the owner’s intentions and to strongly express our concerns about the current lack of a scheme of improvements and alternative methods of structural support.

“The council will continue to pursue the owner to secure their improvement using all means available, including enforcement action if appropriate.”

She added that loose paving stones from the HSBC bank down through Westgate will be repaired.

Council bosses are also working to find a tenant for Pioneer House after Connect Housing pulled the plug.

The building is part of a £4m five-year regeneration plan for the Northgate area.

The spokeswoman said: “We don’t have any prospective tenants for Pioneer House.

“But a feasibility study is under way to provide information about the best use for the building in the current market conditions.”

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