Public consultation events to be held to back bid
Council is holding a series of
consultation events to gain residents’ views on shaping the future of the city
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
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.
ideas include investment in culture and leisure including a new events space
for the city.
would really appreciate the input of residents as we build our business case
and would encourage people to come and view our plans.”
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
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.
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.