Saturday, June 19, 2021

Yorkshire towns land £125m from government’s Towns Deals scheme

Twenty-six towns in England will share over £610 million to boost their local economies, create jobs and help them build back better from the pandemic.

These new Towns Deals include five locations in Yorkshire – Brighouse (£19.1m), Dewsbury (£24.8m), Doncaster (£24.8m), Redcar (£25m), and Rotherham (£31.6m).

The money will help them to grow their local economies, while also carving out new opportunities to reshape the look and feel of their areas.

The Deals will help breathe new life into neglected areas or unused buildings by creating vibrant spaces for businesses, community events or much needed new homes.

Sustainability is at the heart of many of the schemes with new greener transport infrastructure including cycle paths and pedestrian walkways that will connect areas in the greenest way possible.

The Deals will also create thousands of jobs, with many towns investing in opportunities to improve skills through new vocational training hubs that will support high skilled and higher paid jobs in the area for local people.

Doncaster for instance will use its £24.8 million of investment to upgrade Doncaster Station Gateway and its surroundings by creating greener transport options such as cycle lanes and walking routes. The money will also be used to provide high-quality and attractive commercial space, boosting investment and increasing footfall to the town centre.

In Dewsbury, meanwhile, the £24.8m government funding will help kick start nine projects to improve the local economy and environment for residents and business. In line for funding are ambitious plans to improve Dewsbury Market, creating a new town park and bringing Dewsbury Arcade back to life. The bid will also mean investment in jobs and skills for local people and as well as bringing Dewsbury’s historic buildings and creative scene to life.

Today’s announcement means that 79 Towns Deals have now been agreed – totalling over £2 billion investment in communities across England.

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