By Leah Conway –
The team behind ‘The Brighouse Deal’ has said the next 12 months will be full of excitement. The town is set to set £19 million investment by the government.
The Brighouse Deal will lay out the project’s objectives, including the scheme they aim to develop over the next few months. The team will submit the final proposals to the government in the summer.
If successful, the investment will aim to explore and build up the future of Brighouse. It seeks to appreciate the town’s history, bring communities together and make new memories and steps into its future.
The Brighouse Deal objectives
Residents and businesses had a chance to share their thoughts for the bid through consolation with the Brighouse Town Deal Board. The board collated the town’s thoughts and now aim to turn residents and business’ visions into a reality for the town.
You can receive updates on the plans as they develop by signing up on their new website here.
The plans for the town surround four main objectives:
- Place – reinvigorating Brighouse town centre for all
- Health, Wellbeing & Sustainability – improve links between the town centre and green spaces. It aims to make nature accessible and encourage health and wellbeing improvements.
- Enterprise – build on the town’s manufacturing history, encourage trade and investment across the Leeds City Region, the UK and globally.
- Inclusive Growth – provide greater access to skills and employment with a focus on apprenticeships and vocational learning and encouraging businesses to grow and create jobs.
How will the objectives be delivered?
The board have planned a series of schemes to enable the success of these objectives. Each will be further developed and be part of the proposal submitted to the government. The schemes include:
- A town that is welcoming for all – creating a welcoming, vibrant and thriving town which encourages walking, cycling and public transport while recognising the importance of roads to residents, businesses and visitors.
- Shops & events that put us on the map – encouraging more people to come to the town centre through more options to promote spending longer and spending more in the town centre.
- A canal that connects – improving accessibility to the canalside from the town centre, making it a more attractive environment and creating community and events spaces.
- A market we can be even more proud of – supporting the traders and developing a new market at the heart of the town centre.
- An economy that generates sustainable growth – supporting businesses recover from Covid-19 and help them grow sustainability.
- Opportunities for everyone – providing access to education, apprenticeships and jobs to ensure young people have a strong future in Brighouse, including by providing new opportunities for town centre living.
2022 – An exciting year for Brighouse
Cllr Sophie Whittaker, Co-Chair of the Brighouse Town Deal Board, said: “Brighouse has a growing reputation as one of the best places to live, work and visit and we want to ensure we keep improving the town we love. There are not many opportunities to get £19 million to invest in our community and I am excited by the projects it will allow us to deliver.
“The Deal has been developed by taking on board your priorities, it has been approved by government and it is now time for it to be delivered. To make sure we maximise the change the money can make, we want the whole of Brighouse to be part of its future. So, please, find out more about what is planned and as the schemes are developed in the months ahead we hope everyone will have their say.
“2022 is set to be an exciting year as we start to write a new chapter in the story of Brighouse.”
The Town Deal Board
The Town Deal Board is aimed to be a representation of the Brighouse community. The board is made up of the community, voluntary sector, business and industry and Calderdale Council. Now, there is a chance to join the board. The board has opened up an appeal for more groups with a direct interest in the schemes to join the board.
Community representative, Jason Carlton, said, “I know many people think that groups such as these can be talking shops that do not get anything done. The Town Deal Board is not one of those. We have £19 million of hard-won money from government and we need to make sure it is spent in a way that delivers the best value and the best long-term change for residents, businesses and visitors.
“Ensuring we have the views of everyone on the Board is important so whatever your age or background, if you have a passion for our town and want to have a real say on its future, please consider getting involved and applying to join.”
For more details and to apply to join, you can visit the Brighouse Deal website.