Agenda and minutes

Dewsbury Town Board - Thursday 30th June 2022 4.30 pm

Venue: Reception Room - Town Hall, Dewsbury. View directions

Contact: Yolande Myers  Email:

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Membership of Dewsbury Town Deal Board

To receive apologies for absence from Board Members who are unable to attend this meeting.


Apologies for absence were received on behalf of James Conn.  Councillor Cathy Scott substituted for Councillor Pandor and Pat Hawkins substituted for Paul Burnett.


Declaration of Interests 4:30pm - 4:35pm pdf icon PDF 347 KB

Members will be asked to advise if there are any items on the Agenda in which they have a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest, which would prevent them from participating in any discussion on the item of participating in a vote upon the item, or any other interests.


Members are also asked to consider their Disclosable Pecuniary Interests, and complete an updated interests form at the meeting (unless already completed within the last year).  The interests form must be left with the clerk at the end of the meeting.


No interests were declared.



Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 337 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting of the Board held on 17 March 2022.


The minutes of the meeting of the Board held on 17 March 2022 were agreed as a correct record.


Public Question Time 4:35pm - 4:40pm

The meeting will hear any questions from the general public.  Members of the public can ask questions relating to the work of the Town Board or issues set out in this agenda.



No questions were asked.


Kirklees College Youth Engagement 4:40pm - 5:00pm pdf icon PDF 592 KB

To welcome a delegation of students from Kirklees College, and to consider a report which outlines the actions Kirklees College has taken in support of engaging youth voice in the Dewsbury Town Investment Plan.


Contacts: Rebecca Swallow & Rachel Ellis, Kirklees College

Additional documents:


The Board received a report and presentation prepared by students from Kirklees College and presented by Anum.


The report outlined the engagement events that had taken place with the young people who attended Kirklees College.  The Youth Voice’s aim was to have the youth voice heard and to put forward ideas, feedback, and opinions on the regeneration of Dewsbury. 


Anum advised the Board that the next steps for Youth Voice Champion Members was to (i) engage with the winder student population within Pioneer House and Springfield Education Centres, (ii) to create a questionnaire that could be used to capture thoughts and comments, (iii) to further engage with Town Board Members and (iv) to explore other avenues of connecting and engaging with the youth sector within Dewsbury and surrounding areas.


The Board noted the importance of the voice and vision of young people, particularly given that 43% of residents in Dewsbury were under the age of 30.


RESOLVED – That the Board: -


1)    Thank the Youth Voice Champion Members for the work done in gathering the thoughts of young people in Dewsbury.

2)    Thank Anum for her excellent presentation to the Board Members.

3)    Invite Youth Voice Champion Members to the October meeting of the Board to hear about the further engagement with the youth sector.

4)    Hold a future meeting at Kirklees college.

5)    Agree that Loaded PR should engage with the Youth Voice Champion Members to understand their ‘ideal future’ for Dewsbury.


Communication Strategy 5:00pm - 5:45pm

Loaded PR will attend to answer questions from Board Members.


Contact: Michelle Illingworth, ER Project Officer


The Board welcomed Gemma Birbeck and Martin Shaw from Loaded PR to the meeting. 


It was noted that some Board Members had not received a copy of the questionnaire provided by Loaded PR, however, further copies would be circulated with Board Members to return the completed questionnaire as soon as possible.


Ms Birbeck explained that the questionnaire was just one tool that would be used as a starting point in the discovery phase of the strategy. 


RESOLVED – That the questionnaire be recirculated with Board Members completing it and returning to Loaded PR as soon as possible.



Update on the Building Revival Scheme 5:45pm - 6:00pm pdf icon PDF 117 KB

To consider the Building Revival Scheme (Plan on the Page).


Contact: John Lambe, ER Project Officer


John Lambe attended the Board meeting to present an update on the Building Revival Scheme. 


The Board noted that the Heritage Grant from the National Lottery Fund and Council funds totalled £3.7m.  Mr Lambe explained that the revival scheme had focused on priority streets in the Town Centre, to re-use and refurbish historic buildings, reversing the decline of these heritage assets.


The Board was informed that the scheme had a good level of enquiries coming through, including some current applications.  It was noted though, that additional staff resources would be required to deliver the projects effectively and within timescale.


Mr Lambe explained that three grants were pending being Northgate House, 23 Foundary Street and the Creative Craft Centre.  There were also three applications pending for the former Principals building in Northgate, 6-10 Westgate and Pop’s in Northgate. Further enquires had been received for the former Coral Unit on Crackenedge Lane, 22 Westgage, Kingsway Chambers, the former Registry Office, and the Old Post Office.


The Board acknowledged that challenges remained in the Town Centre, with some elements that could not be controlled or resolved, such as sub-standard housing.  The Board noted that some businesses and landlords had chosen not to engage with the projects.


The Board noted that Historic England would be visiting Dewsbury Town Centre in July 2022.




1)    That the Board thank Mr Lambe for his presentation.

2)    That the Board note the progress on current and future projects.




Risk Log 6:00pm - 6:05pm

To consider a Risk Log template.


Contact: Michelle Illingworth, ER Project Officer


Michelle Illingworth informed the Board that the Risk Log template was being developed by Project Management Officers.  Officers had considered the suggestions made by members of the Board to date regarding the format and the log was now clearer and more adaptable. The Log will be circulated by Ms Illingworth with any further responses to be sought from Board Members.


RESOLVED – That the Risk Log template be circulated prior to the next meeting of the Board.


Review of Car Parking in Dewsbury 6:05pm - 6:25pm pdf icon PDF 107 KB

To consider car parking arrangements in Dewsbury.


Contact: Sue Baker, Board Member

Additional documents:


The Board considered a report presented by Sue Baker which included a proposal by the Dewsbury Chamber of Trade in relation to parking.


The proposal observed that the Town Investment Plan strategies centred around increasing footfall and dwell time in Dewsbury.  However, the Chamber of Trade’s proposal advised that car parking was consistently raised by the community and business owners as being an obstacle to both short and long term visitors.


The Board noted that the Chamber of Trade’s proposal would include some free short and long term parking.  However, the Board could foresee some difficulties with the proposals, particularly in relation to commuters using the free long term parking then travelling on the train to Leeds, and thus potentially avoiding any visit to Dewsbury Town Centre.


The Board established that parking was one of the most complex challenges, which many towns struggled to resolve.  The Board also noted that whilst parking impacted on the schemes which were being progressed as part of the Town Fund, the overall strategy fell within the responsibility of the Local Authority’s administration.


RESOLVED - That the Board agree to work closely with Kirklees Council and the Chamber of Trade to produce a suitable parking strategy for Dewsbury Town Centre which would include a cost/benefit analysis.



Chairs Update 6:25pm - 6:45pm pdf icon PDF 126 KB

To consider an update from the Dewsbury Town Board Chair.


Keith Ramsay – Independent Chair, Dewsbury Town Board


The Board considered a report from the Chair which was circulated before the Board meeting.


Board Members were reminded that Declarations of Interests should be updated each year and then continue to be updated throughout the year if interests arise.


The Chair outlined his recent meeting with Kath Wynne-Hague from Kirklees Council, and the Board confirmed receipt of the press release in relation to Dewsbury Market. Board Members commented that it would be good practice for the Board to be informed of any press releases prior to it being published to the wider public.


Board Members noted that Dewsbury Market was the flagship project within Dewsbury, but further consideration would need to be given to the project considering the available funding, and the 30-40% construction cost increase in recent months. Board Members agreed that other town and cities had made good use of containers for markets, and the retention of the containers could form part of any further considerations.


Board Members commented that it was difficult to understand at what stage each project was at and asked for an overview of projects.  The Chair confirmed that the August meeting would have an update on all projects. 


RESOLVED – That the Chair’s update be received and noted.





Any Other Business 6:45pm - close

To consider any other business and matters arising.


Please notify the Chair of any other business items no later than Monday 27 June 2022.


Peter Mason informed the Board that £106k had been received from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the arcade.


David Shepherd confirmed to the Board that £1.5bn had been received from the Government for the Transpennine Upgrade which would include some station improvements in Dewsbury. 


The Chair reminded the Board about behaviour and indicated a zero tolerance policy would be introduced to avoid officers feeling intimidated by Board Members. The Chair also reiterated the importance of the Board looking forward to the delivery of projects, rather than looking back and going over old issues and discussions.


Dates of Future Meetings

The dates of future meetings are:-


11 August 2022

22 September 2022

3 November 2022

15 December 2022


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The next meetings of the Board will take place at 4:30pm on: -


11 August 2022

22 September 2022

3 November 2022

15 December 2022