A £140,000 facelift to ‘bring Birkby back to life’ has been given the go ahead to start in September.
Kirklees Council’s Small Centres Improvement programme has chosen Birkby for an upgrade to help attract more people to support the shops in the centre.
The project, will make streetscape and property improvements in partnership with local businesses which will help improve the local economy.
Birkby News shopkeeper Saraaz Hussain welcomed the cash injection.
He told the Examiner: “I hadn’t heard about the improvements but it is definitely a good thing.
“A lot of customers are local and footpaths are really bad around here.
“We also had a problem with potholes and resurfacing is a great idea.
“It could also help other businesses take more pride in their shop fronts if the roads and pavements are better kept.”
The improvements will include:
Resurfacing and other improvements on St John’s Road and sections of Blacker Road, replacing guardrails and some bollards.
Repairing or rebuilding damaged walls.
New seats on Blacker Road, and work on the street trees including the removal and replacement of four trees.
A council spokesman said: “The aim of the work is to restore confidence in the area and help create a sense of identity by improving its appearance and its pedestrian environment.
“The scheme will also help to create or strengthen business associations or traders groups to foster a legacy of self help and mutual support.”
They confirmed works will start in September.
Clr Peter McBride, Kirklees cabinet member for investment and regeneration, said:
“This funding is intended to bring areas back to life all over the borough and has been used with great success in other areas already with over 90% of people surveyed approving of the work.
“Focusing resources on improving the look of public areas will help to create an attractive setting for future investment,” he added.