District’s town centres set to receive a funding boost

16/03/2020, PR-9334

​Senior councillors at Wakefield Council are set to approve plans to invest £10million into the district’s town centres.

The Town 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.

The Town 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. 

Cllr Darren Byford
Cllr Darren Byford

​Cllr Darren 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.

“We want 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.”

Members of 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.