Welcome Back Fund Supports the Greening up of Kirklees High Streets

We have successfully secured £779,430 of funding in a bid to “green-up” local high streets and attract more visitors.

How will the funding help?

The pandemic has meant that our high streets have been on the frontline of many challenges. People stayed close to home and shopped online.

The funding is from the Welcome Back Fund part of the European Regional Development Funding (ERDF) 2014-2020 Programme. It will go towards injecting splashes of greenery and colour into the heart of our local communities to help improve footfall.

‘Greening up the Highstreets’

‘Greening up the Highstreets’ is aimed at district centres where there are more than 15 businesses within 150m of the planters. Six suitable centres have been selected for the project to take place. We have worked with landscape architects to pull together a list of plants that will be suitable for the planters, these include;

herbaceous perennials, grasses, ferns, and shrubs which will provide colour and interest all year round including attractive seed heads during the autumn months/early winter.

Locations were deemed suitable by meeting a list of eligible criteria. The criteria included areas where the planters will be highly visible and have the highest impact and do not obstruct or obscure crossings, junctions, and roundabouts. The planters will not block access for vehicles, pedestrians or wheelchair users. The planters will be located away from dropped kerbs and parking bays.

 

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When will the project be complete?

The project is due to be complete by 31 March. It will be a temporary addition giving vibrance to our town centres. As well as, offering a more inviting local centre and shall encourage people to visit.

Highstreets in Heckmondwike, Cleckheaton, Batley, Marsh, Moldgreen and Almondbury will take on a new look and feel with new street planting. Additionally, it will include cleansing, removal of graffiti and painting to ensure the setting for the planters is appropriate and maintenance can be upheld throughout the project.

We have been working with businesses and community groups to plan for the maintenance and upkeep of the planters. We hope that local residents will visit on the selected dates, bring a trowel and get stuck in.

Councillor Will Simpson, Cabinet Member for Culture and Greener Kirklees said:

“We want to make our high streets greener, healthier and more sustainable. The planters will be a welcomed addition and will help instil pride and belonging.

“Our highstreets need to become more vibrant and adaptable, with local communities empowered to take the lead and ensure they can succeed. Green community spaces have a number of positive impacts. As well as environmental benefits, it’s a great chance to meet new people from your local area and pick up some new skills whilst playing an important role within your community.

Councillor Eric Firth, Cabinet Member for Town Centres said:

“This is a great way to make new connections in the local community. The planters will guarantee an explosion of colour on the highstreets of Kirklees. Healthy streets help get people outdoors and down the highstreets promoting walking as a transport mode by making the walking experience more enjoyable.

“As we level up and build back better, our high streets must be at the forefront of our recovery. We are constantly working to deliver an ambitious, imaginative vision of our high streets so they can adapt – as they have always done – but also boost pride and prosperity as he heartbeat of local communities throughout Kirklees.”

When are the planters due to be installed? 

The planters are due to be installed by 31 March:

  • Marsh centre Tuesday 29th March 5pm – Meet at Emily’s Cafe
  • Almondbury centre Thursday 24th March 9.30am – Meet near the steps outside Ambrys Café
  • Moldgreen centre Thursday 24th March 1.30pm – Meet at the Royal City Restaurant
  • Cleckheaton centre Friday 25th March 10am- Meet at the Memorial Park
  • Heckmondwike centreTuesday 29th March 10am – Meet at the Memorial Statue
  • Batley East 30th centre Wednesday March at 10am – Meet at the Town Hall
  • Batley West centre 30th Wednesday March 10am

Get in contact 

If you would like to get in touch with the local community groups we have worked with for the project you can contact them via the details below:

Cleckheaton in Bloom Facebook Group

Keep Hecky Tidy Facebook Group