THERE’S a new look to an important gateway to Huddersfield.
Kirklees Council repairs to properties on Manchester Road have greatly improved the look of the busy route into the town.
The Thornton Lodge and Lockwood Renaissance Programme has now finished repairing 29 properties which were in a very poor state.
The work involved repairing roofs, repointing frontages, boundary wall and railings repairs. The work complements the Huddersfield Town Renaissance and the planned Waterfront Quarter.
Clr Liz Smaje, Kirklees Cabinet’s member for leisure and neighbourhoods, said: “Manchester Road is a key gateway into Huddersfield.
“Now this work has been done it improves the image people have when they enter our town.
“This is the largest number of properties improved in one block in Kirklees for almost 20 years. It certainly gives a boost to our area.”
About half the properties are owned by landlords, who had to contribute to the cost of the repairs.
Dependent on their contribution the council required them to let their properties for three years and to join the council’s landlord accreditation scheme, which encourages good practice among landlords.
Ashley Richardson, of Honley Properties Ltd, developer of the nearby canalside Ironworks flats scheme, said: “We are pleased to see this work completed.
“Developing the canalside alongside a rundown area was a concern for us, but now it looks great. The fact that in an adverse market we have sold all 54 apartments, the overwhelming majority now occupied, is a testament to the popularity of this area.”
Alongside the repairs to homes the council is encouraging shop owners to improve their properties by offering shopfront grants for the Thornton Lodge and Lockwood areas. Interested owners should contact the council on 01484 221625.