Published: 10th Jan 2020

Plans have been announced for a £4.4m economic strategy to regenerate parts of Wakefield.  This project is part of Wakefield’s new economic strategy which includes plans to repurpose the city and the town centre. The regeneration will be funded by a £1.9m grant from Heritage Action Zone, £0.6m from the private sector and £1.9m from the council. The funding will also be used to create a grant scheme for building owners to restore historic buildings, improve shop fronts and repair buildings. The money will also be used to offer grants to property owners to bring vacant buildings into spaces for new businesses or residents. Wakefield had been under Labour control since 1932 but in the recent general election, the Conservative Imran Ahmad-Khan defeated Labour’s Mary Creagh by 3,358 votes. Cllr Darren Byford, cabinet member for economic growth and regeneration at Wakefield Council said: ‘This is an exciting project, it will … (To read the full article, subscribe below)