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£25m Bid Submitted To Create Huddersfield 'Cultural Quarter'

It is hoped it could transform Huddersfield Town Centre, increase footfall and boost the night-time economy.

Kirklees Council has now officially submitted a £25million funding bid to help create a 'cultural quarter' in Huddersfield Town Centre.

The council is bidding for £25million from the Government’s High Street Fund to deliver a new cultural and arts quarter in the town centre.

The plans would include a significantly enhanced Huddersfield Library and Art Gallery, a new museum and new 700-1,000 capacity live music venue.
 
It is hoped it could transform Huddersfield Town Centre, increase footfall and boost the night-time economy.

Karl Battersby, Director of Economy and Infrastructure at Kirklees Council, said: “I’m delighted to confirm we’ve submitted this bid. This is an opportunity we had to grasp with both hands.

“The future of our town centres is a huge priority for us. We want our town centres to have something for everyone, including families, and this funding would help us take a huge step forward.

“Bringing better culture and leisure experiences to the town centre is crucial to increasing footfall and attracting more visitors. Town centres can no longer rely on retail alone.

“Whilst we’re bidding for funding for Huddersfield in this case, we’re working on a range of projects to improve our other town centres too.”

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