District’s town centres set to receive a funding boost
councillors at Wakefield Council are set to approve plans to invest £10million
into the district’s town centres.
Centres Regeneration Fund will revitalise and repurpose town centres across
Wakefield, including areas such as Horbury, Ossett and the south east of the district.
It is essential
that funds are in place to tackle
the same challenges that are facing high streets and town centres across the
country, ensuring they continue to be vibrant places which people are proud to
call home and that attract investment from businesses and visitors.
Centres Regeneration Fund will complement existing investment that is already
impacting positively on town centres across the district – including £850,000 funding to upgrade
Featherstone Sports Centre, the £5.5milion Knottingley and Ferrybridge Vision and Action Plan and significant investment in
Normanton and South Elmsall markets.
Cabinet will also be asked to respond to funding
opportunities that have been put forward by Government including approval of a
bid for a £25million share of the Government’s Future High Streets Fund.
Byford, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and
Regeneration, said: “We want our whole district to thrive and prosper and
that’s why this funding for our town centres is critical.
residents to be able to shop and socialise locally whilst there also being
opportunities for jobs and housing in those areas.
“It’s a really
exciting time for our town centres and I look forward to seeing what projects
this money will be spent on.”
Wakefield Council’s Cabinet are meeting on 24 March at 10.30am at Wakefield
Town Hall. The meeting can be watched live or later
on the Council’s website.