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The future is looking bright for Heckmondwike – and 2013 is set to be a fantastic year for the town with a beach party, craft markets, music festival and much more planned.

That’s according to Simon Thirkill, chairman of Heckmondwike Business Alliance.

Simon said the group had met with Kirklees Council to discuss ways to improve the town and encourage more people to visit.

He said top of the agenda was the bus station and library, which had been planned for the town since 2010.

He said: “Everything we have heard from the council is positive and encouraging.”

And Coun David Sheard (Lab, Heckmondwike) said plans had been passed to West Yorkshire transport authority Metro, which was providing the bus station.

He said: “A planning application will go in shortly. We are waiting for confirmation from Metro – we have told them what we want to do and if they approve it, an application is going in.”

Simon said other priorities for Heckmondwike included the market – and he said a craft fair had been organised for Sunday May 26 from 10am to 5pm.

And he said plans were in place for Green Park, including a summer beach party on August 17 with live music, majorettes, football groups and competitions, the installation of a maypole, and classic car and motorbike shows next year, as well as this summer’s annual music festival organised by the Crown of Lights group.

The alliance has created a newsletter with information about what’s going on in the town.

Simon said the alliance had applied for funding from Heckmondwike’s Community First group, which supports charities and community organisations in the town, to promote it as a traditional community.

He said: “If we get the funding we are going to hold Tea in the Park, wher people can bring their old photos and memories of Heckmondwike. We can collate that into a historical record of people in Heckmondwike and use it to promote the town.

“Everybody has come up with lots of ideas – people are starting to become interested in Heckmondwike.”

The group is looking for a sponsor for the beach party. Search for Heckmondwike Business Alliance on Facebook to contact the group and sign up for the newsletter.

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