A PROGRAMME to revitalise Dewsbury town centre is being drawn up following a major meeting in the town.
The meeting was organised by Dewsbury Labour MP Shahid Malik and attended by more than 50 local business people.
Also taking part were Rosie Winterton, regional minister for Yorkshire; Kirklees Council leader Clr Mehboob Khan and officials from regional development agency Yorkshire Forward.
The meeting was told that Kirklees Council’s new cabinet had made regeneration of the town centre a priority for millions of pounds of development cash.
Mr Malik has campaigned for more office-based council jobs to be transferred from Huddersfield to Dewsbury as part of efforts to support local retailers.
He said: “The future prosperity of the town is something that every single person at the meeting had at heart.
“The desire to regenerate and succeed is there and to achieve those objectives I will be working closely with Kirklees and local businesses to drive forward the economic expectations and prosperity of Dewsbury.”
Clr Khan said those attending the meeting were “genuine in their concern for Dewsbury,” and determined to work with the council to improve the quality of life for local people.