Public consultation events to be held to back bid

17/01/2020, PR-9267

Westgate-Kirkgate High Street

​Wakefield Council is holding a series of consultation events to gain residents’ views on shaping the future of the city centre.

In July it was announced that Wakefield had been successful in their initial application for a share of the Future High Streets Fund. The Future High Streets Fund is a £675million government fund which is aimed at transforming high streets and town centres.

Now the Council would like to show residents the concepts and ideas which are being put together to develop the full business case which is the next stage to the funding.

If successful, the scheme could receive up to £25million of funding to deliver transformational changes to the city centre as we currently know it. The plans will reshape the future of Wakefield and change how the city is used and encourage people to use the space and visit more often.

Cllr Darren Byford
Cllr Darren Byford

​Cllr Darren Byford, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Regeneration, said: “Our city and town centres are an important part of our five year economic strategy. We have ambitious plans for Wakefield and the surrounding district which will support future economic growth.

“Current ideas include investment in culture and leisure including a new events space for the city.

“We would really appreciate the input of residents as we build our business case and would encourage people to come and view our plans.”

The consultation will take place on Thursday 30 January 11am – 6pm, Friday 31 January  8am – 12pm and Saturday 1 February 10am – 3pm at The Ridings, located next to Peacocks. There will be a further consultation on Tuesday 11 February 12pm - 4pm at The Hepworth.

Since July, Wakefield Council has appointed Arcadis to undertake feasibility work and develop the full business case which is the next stage to the funding. The Council have until April 2020 to submit their plans for the redevelopment of Wakefield.

There will also be an opportunity at the events to discuss the plans for Westgate after the Council were successful in securing the Heritage Action Zone Funding for the regeneration of the Upper Westgate Conservation Area.