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Ideas shared for old market revival

GREEN FINGERS Dewsbury Town Team members working in the town last spring. Pictured are Andrew Sloman, Anthony Whitehouse and  Alison Cotterill. (d27031295)

GREEN FINGERS Dewsbury Town Team members working in the town last spring. Pictured are Andrew Sloman, Anthony Whitehouse and Alison Cotterill. (d27031295)

Dewsbury’s old market place could once again become a focal point for the town centre with stalls, a water feature, sculptures or an amphiteatre.

Members of Dewsbury Town Team were asked to suggest how Market Place might be redeveloped.

Vice chairman Andrew Hutchinson said: “We came up with proposals that the Town Team would like to see. The main thing is we want a flexible space. We want to open it up so they can have crafts stalls or a farmers’ market.”

Some members wanted to get rid of all the shrubbery in the town centre, perhaps replacing it with feature paving.

Others suggested replacing benches with vandal-proof granite blocks or moving some of the cast iron frameworks elsewhere in the town centre.

Mr Hutchinson said one idea was to use glass columns to depict scenes of how Market Place looked when viewed from that point in the past.

Others potential ideas were to create an area with stands or a small amphitheatre for performances, ice skating at Christmas or a water feature similar to the one in St George’s Square, Huddersfield.

The Town Team will now report back to Dewsbury Regeneration Board which is looking a how to revitalise the area.

Other projects being undertaken by the volunteers involved in Town Team are a book giveaway for World Book Night, a gardening project and a photographic competition.

The competition, which is still in the planning stages, will be a celebration of the town centre.

 

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