Roberttown loses out on cash boost

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ROBERTTOWN has missed out on a pot of money set aside by Kirklees Council to improve small town centres.

The council allocated £315,000 to be spent between 2011 and 2014 on regenerating small town centres, £127,000 of which has already been ringfenced.

The needs of six town centres across Kirklees, including Roberttown, were assessed to see what improvements could be made.

Officers identified areas for work including guardrails, litter bins and street lighting, block paving on forecourts and footpath resurfacing, a small number of empty shops as well as Echo Street which is currently unmade.

Council officers put together three options for Cabinet members to choose from – none of which included Roberttown.

The Cabinet agreed to spend £140,000 in Birkby in Huddersfield, which officers said had ‘many problems’ and had ‘the greatest potential for improvement’, and £48,000 in Thornhill Lees in Dewsbury, which officers said looked ‘very tired’ but had ‘great potential’.

Coun Margaret Bates (Con, Liv/Gom) said: “I am disappointed that the money hasn’t gone to Roberttown, however if there are other areas more in need and it benefits people who might not have the facilities in their area, then I am more than happy for the money to go to help people there.”