£25M breakthrough for Dewsbury improvement plan


Kirklees Council’s ambitious plans for regenerating Dewsbury have received a major boost after the government announced last night (7 June 2021) that it would back the Dewsbury Town Investment Plan. The £24.8M government funding will help kick start nine projects to improve the local economy and environment for residents and business across Dewsbury.

In January, the council submitted a bid to the government’s Towns Fund to support its regeneration ambitions for Dewsbury. Ministers announced last night that the council’s bid had been successful and it will receive £24.8M to support the projects across Dewsbury.

The Council, through the Leader, local MP and Dewsbury Town Board have been working with residents and businesses for months to put together a programme of work that will transform Dewsbury over the coming years. In line for funding are ambitious plans to improve Dewsbury Market, creating a new town park and bringing Dewsbury Arcade back to life. The bid will also mean investment in jobs and skills for local people and as well as bringing Dewsbury’s historic buildings and creative scene to life.

Full details of the council’s bid and the projects.

The government funding is a major step forwards for the Dewsbury Town Investment Plan. Further financial support will be made available by the council and bids for funding from public and private sectors will also be made to bring individual projects to completion.

The announcement builds on the council’s recent investment in Dewsbury, including the redevelopment of Pioneer House as a centre for skills and the purchase of Dewsbury Arcade. The funding is a key part of the council’s blueprint for investment and regeneration for Dewsbury.

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.”

Mark Eastwood, MP for Dewsbury, said:

“This is a huge step forward for Dewsbury. Our bid was ambitious so I’m really pleased the government has recognised the scale of our plans and is agreeing to make such a substantial contribution to deliver it. Each of these projects will improve lives for local people and support Dewsbury businesses to prosper for years to come. The plan will also put Dewsbury on the map as a place to invest. I’m grateful to all the businesses and residents in Dewsbury who played a part in getting the bid over the line.”

Rob Norreys, Chair of the Dewsbury Town Board, said:

“Congratulations to everyone involved in this successful bid. The funding will help us speed up our plans to transform Dewsbury for businesses and residents. This bid shows what you can achieve when you work in partnership and that’s the spirit we will take forwards as we deliver the plan.