Dewsbury Town Investment Plan
In September 2019 the government nominated Dewsbury as one of the 101 towns eligible to bid for up to £25 million each from the Towns Fund. This provided considerable momentum to deliver parts of the Dewsbury Blueprint published by the council in February 2020.
The Towns Fund programme aims to support long-term economic growth through a focus on urban regeneration, improved transport, better broadband connectivity, skills, and culture.. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. (MHCLG) required councils to create a Town Deal Board of local stakeholders in order to ensure that any bid reflected the needs of the local community.
Dewsbury's bid was submitted at the end of January 2021 and on Tuesday 8 June 2021 we got the good news that the Dewsbury bid was successful and we can start taking positing steps forward to bring about the vision for the future of the town.
Bids from different towns were not competitive against each other but are being assessed on whether they meet the government requirements.
A £60 million pound plan
Total planned expenditure is £60 million over 5 years comprising £25 million grant funding from the Towns Fund plus an equivalent amount of match funding from Kirklees capital budget plus private developers investment.