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Shahid Malik Member of Parliament for Dewsbury and Mirfield

Stakeholders discuss Dewsbury regeneration

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07 Dec 2009

MP applauds ‘positive’ meeting but demands action moving forward

After a meeting last Friday at Dewsbury Town Hall a broad partnership has begun to emerge to spearhead the much needed regeneration of Dewsbury. It comprises Shahid Malik MP as Chair of Dewsbury stakeholders, Cllr Paul Kane as Chair of the Area Committee regeneration board and Cllr David Sheard as Kirklees Cabinet lead for regeneration.

On Friday Dewsbury Renaissance sought views on how the town should move forward, tackle challenges and unlock its potential in the years to come. The meeting also included a presentation from architects Bauman Lyons, who are about to begin the Renaissance work on behalf of the council and Yorkshire Forward.

Chairing the meeting of some 60 stakeholders last Friday Mr Malik said it was crucial that local voices shaped the regeneration process. Speaking shortly after the event Mr Malik said:

“As chair of the Dewsbury stakeholder Group I am adamant that the Renaissance project will not just become another talking shop, but instead will allow the people of Dewsbury to meaningfully engage with the many issues that we need to address around town centre regeneration.

“This was a positive meeting and a good start. Stakeholders were able to feed into the process and put forward their ideas. However nothing has been achieved yet and whilst people should understand that nothing happens overnight, the pace of regeneration needs to pick up in the new year.

“Meetings like this should not be sneered at because community engagement and ownership of the final proposals is absolutely essential to the regeneration of Dewsbury. Stakeholders must be honestly and effectively involved to get the best outcome for our town.

“We need to be talking to many individuals and groups and I welcome the council decision to make this group a key part of it's strategy and thinking as we move forward. I am confident that together we can make our town centre something we can all be proud of."

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