THREE more high street shops are closing their doors in Dewsbury town centre.
Claire’s Accessories, La Senza and Thorntons are all following Marks and Spencer and Blockbusters in quitting the town centre.
It comes weeks after MP Shahid Malik slammed Kirklees Council for their lack of ambition for the town.
The Dewsbury MP said the council’s efforts were too little too late.
He said: “It’s been more than a year since Kirklees first trumpeted the arrival of a hundred million pounds for Dewsbury and as yet we haven’t seen a penny.
“What I really want is for Kirklees to begin matching words with money and action as far as Dewsbury is concerned.
“The reality on the ground is that three more major retailers are due to pull out within a matter of weeks.
“The council’s efforts are too little too late, as well as misleading.”
The MP, currently on honeymoon with his new wife, is expected to meet key retailers in the town to identify ways to move forward when he returns.
But Clr Ken Sims, cabinet member for regeneration, has hit back and said that a lot of work was going on behind the scenes.
He said: “There is so much positive work going into Dewsbury but these things unfortunately take time.
“I don’t understand why Shahid Malik keeps going on about the negatives all the time, that’s the worst thing he could do.
“He, as an MP, should be looking at the government and seeing what they can do to help more.
“The thing people don’t realise is that regeneration doesn’t happen overnight.
“We want to develop a great community town and for that we need everyone in the community to work together, including the MP.”
Earlier this month Mr Malik launched a Jobs 4 Dewsbury drive is a bid to persuade Kirklees Council to switch more council jobs to Dewsbury.
He said the presence of a few hundred more jobs would do wonders for the local economy.
But Kirklees Council said it would be an expensive move.
Mr Malik said he wanted the Dewsbury people to get the same respect as their Huddersfield counterparts.
“Unfortunately, it’ll take more than vague promises, road resurfacing and a flying visit from a few street artists to restore confidence in the town centre,” he added.
“It’s a pity that Kirklees can’t see that when it is plain as day to the rest of us.
“What is clear is that the local economy is in crisis and unless that very situation is dealt with as an emergency by Kirklees, recovery might be impossible.”