A RUNDOWN area of Huddersfield will be given a massive facelift.
Some old shops in the centre of Sheepridge are to be demolished.
And others on a busy main road will be given cash to carry out major improvement works to brighten up the area.
Those involved in the scheme believe it will bring community pride back into the area and reduce the fear of crime and anti-social behaviour.
The project is being arranged by the Deighton and Brackenhall Initiative Ltd and they hope to start the work within weeks.
The tenders for the project have now been released and a firm timescale for the works will be known once the contractors have been decided, hopefully within the next month.
DBI Ltd has agreed to fund works to help improve the appearance of the area and give a major boost to local business.
A spokesman for DBI said the appearance of the area had deteriorated over the years, with pollution staining the stonework, shutters becoming rusty and dirty and general wear and ageing to doors, shop fronts and other external features.
A spokesman said: “The works will renovate the shops by cleaning all the walls to remove the stains and give the appearance of new stone.
“New shop fronts, including signs and shutters for each shop, will be installed to not only improve the appearance of each store individually, but the whole facade, due to all stores having a consistent appearance along the village centre.”
The other part of the works involved demolishing the properties acquired by DBI Ltd between the Post Office and the start of the main parade of shops as they were currently an eyesore.
He said: “This land will then be used to create a bigger and better parking area for village centre users, which will reduce congestion and improve the appearance of the centre.
“We hope these works will not only have a positive impact in terms of trade for current stores, but will also attract new business to the area too.
“The main aim is to create a better centre that local residents can feel proud of using and enable access to great services right on their doorstep.”
Clr Jean Calvert, chairman of the DBI Ltd board, said: “The new look village centre will be great and much improved from the old rundown place it currently is.
“We want local residents to support their local shops and businesses and we feel that the centre will look so good they will feel proud to come and shop and access services here rather than always going into town or to a supermarket.
“The new car park will also make the centre much easier to access and reduce the amount of vehicles currently parking on the side of the road adjacent the main shops.
“This is yet another significant part of DBI’s regeneration of the whole area.”
Project organisers hope that in the future, there can be improvement works further along Sheepridge Road and Brackenhall Road.
They are also backing proposals for a new community centre in Brackenhall.