THE MULTI-MILLION pound restoration of a historic part of Dewsbury town centre is under way.
Old shop fronts in the conservation area around Northgate are being replaced in a £3.7m investment over four years.
Broken gutters and fall pipes will be replaced, along with upper floor windows.
Gift shop Imsons was the first to benefit from works which cover Northgate, Foundry Street and the Queensway Arcade.
Walter West Builders Ltd of Highgate Road in Dewsbury are the main contractor.
It is part of the Townscape Heritage Initiative, which is pumping in £2m of Lottery money and £1.7m from Kirklees Council.
The scheme was launched in June 2014 and runs until July 2018. Work at Imsons is due to be finished by August. Other key buildings covered include Northgate House and the former Co-op funeral parlour.
Traders elsewhere, especially on Westgate, are concerned not enough is being done to tackle years of neglect.
Work on Northgate will see ‘modern’ shop fronts replaced by traditional ones in keeping with the properties.