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Kirklees Council confirm £40 million post-lockdown recovery package

It will allow some elements of the council’s “blueprints” to be accelerated whilst others will soon be finished.

Senior figures on Kirklees Council have agreed a local economic recovery plan that will see £40m pumped into towns across the borough.

The job creation fund has been conceived in reaction to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis as part of the regeneration of Huddersfield and Dewsbury.

It will allow some elements of the council’s “blueprints” to be accelerated whilst others will soon be finished.

In Huddersfield several town centre schemes are set for delivery. In Dewsbury the flagship Pioneer House development will soon be open.

In outlining the scheme to the council’s decision-making Cabinet Clr Peter McBride said: “In Huddersfield five major schemes are planned in the next 12 months that will deliver £50m of investment.

“In Dewsbury Pioneer House will be opened. It’s the anchor point of Kirklees College’s Dewsbury operations and development of the arcade leading to the market will commence very soon.

“Then we have further schemes for the development of the bus station and the market itself, which is another £8m scheme.”

He added: “The new package will target our investment and inward investment in our main towns.

“We are mindful of the need to spread programmes to other townships.

“In the next year in Holmfirth, Cleckheaton and Batley we will spread these initiatives to these other centres in the borough – eventually literally every area within the borough.”

Huddersfield Bus Station will undergo an £8m re-vamp as part of the so-called Huddersfield Blueprint.

Around £11m is earmarked towards re-imagining Huddersfield New Market, which is set to include stallholders from the existing Queensgate Market.

Queensgate is to close as part of the Blueprint vision. The building will become a “sound space”.

The Huddersfield Blueprint includes spending £5.3m for a “garden street” between Market Street and Cloth Hall Street, £2.35m on the George Hotel/Estate Buildings and £2.1m on Cross Church Street.

The council unveiled its £200m Dewsbury Blueprint on February 5 at an exclusive launch event held in Dewsbury Town Hall.

The 10-year investment plan aims to revive town centre sites including the Kingsway Arcade and Empire House next to the town hall.

The council also wants to revitalise Dewsbury Market and will demolish the Co-op building to make way for a pocket park.

Members of Cabinet voted unanimously (July 13) to approve the creation of the economic recovery plan.

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