The Dewsbury Townscape Heritage Initiative, jointly funded by Kirklees Council and the National Lottery Fund, saw £3.7 million invested in improving nine buildings in the Victorian core of the town.
The Council will be investing a further £1.25m in the Dewsbury Revival Grant scheme, which launches in February 2020. The scheme will improve the appearance of more heritage buildings on key streets within the town centre, making shop fronts more attractive and allowing for improvements to upper floors, opening them up to alternative uses. This will support existing businesses to attract customers and encourage new businesses into the town centre.
We will also make sure that poorly maintained properties are tackled using our planning and other environmental powers.
Where possible old vacant buildings like the old library will be brought back to life.
A clean and well-maintained town helps develop a sense of civic pride and work is well underway to clean up the town centre. We will make sure the town continues to receive the right levels of maintenance and cleansing, and that appropriate action is taken against those that seek to ruin it.