£24.8 million funding boost to help Dewsbury build back better
- Dewsbury to receive £24.8 million through the Conservative Government’s Towns Fund to boost the local economy, create jobs, build new homes and support local businesses.
- Dewsbury is one of 26 towns across England announced in the latest £610 million round of funding to support local regeneration projects.
- Funding will transform public spaces, deliver green transport links and revamp cultural and tourist attractions as part of the Conservative Government’s multi-billion programme to level up the country.
Dewsbury has been awarded £24.8 million as part of the Conservative Government’s £610 million investment in 26 towns across England to boost their local economies, create jobs and help them build back better from the pandemic.
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 or centres of excellence that will support high skilled and higher paid jobs in the area for local people.
This announcement means that 79 Towns Fund deals have now been agreed, totalling over £2 billion investment in communities across England.
This is part of comprehensive action by the Government to level up opportunity and prosperity across all areas of the country including through the £4.8 billion Levelling Up Fund, the £220 million Community Renewal Fund and the £830 million Future High Streets Fund.
Building successful, thriving communities is at the heart of the Conservative Government’s levelling up agenda. As well as creating town centres that people want to work, rest and play in, the Government is delivering the homes that people need where they need them, making home ownership a reality for many young people and key workers in the places they want to live.
Commenting, Mark Eastwood MP said:
“We were elected to level up all parts of this country and that means providing communities like ours with the funds we need to improve our local area.
“And this announcement represents a significant milestone in that levelling up agenda – delivering £24.8 million for Dewsbury to invest in areas like ours which have historically not had their fair share so that we can drive long-term renewal with renewed optimism.
“The funding will provide a real boost locally, helping to spread employment opportunities, drive investment and make Dewsbury an even better place to live and set up a business as we build back better from coronavirus.”
Commenting, Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said:
“We are levelling up towns and cities across the country by building stronger and more resilient local economies, boosting prosperity and opportunity in our communities, and helping them build back better from the pandemic.
“Today I am announcing new town deals in 26 areas, backed by over £610 million investment from the Towns Fund. This will support locally-led projects to transform disused buildings and public spaces, deliver new green transport and create new opportunities for people to develop new skills. This is a boost for communities and businesses across England”.