Multi-million pound Holmfirth transformation to begin next month

Holmfirth Market Hall, which is to be demolished.
-Credit: (Image: Andy Catchpool, Huddersfield Examiner)

Holmfirth is set to undergo a major transformation as multi-million-pound works get underway.

On July 1, work will begin at Huddersfield Road Car Park, which will be closed for the duration of the construction. The former market hall will be torn down and the car park extended to increase the number of spaces and provide a new community space for a market and events.

This comes as part of the Town Centre Action Plan (TCAP) which will also see electric vehicle points added, the footbridge and footpaths widened and new kerbing installed.

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To improve safety in the town centre, pavements will be resurfaced and the pedestrian crossing on Victoria Street will be signalised, along with better street lighting, traffic signals and signage.

David Shepherd, Strategic Director for Growth and Regeneration at Kirklees Council said: “Holmfirth is a beautiful town, and a fantastic place to live, visit and spend time. The Holmfirth Town Centre Access Plan will give longevity to the area, modernising Holmfirth’s unique offering, whilst embracing and celebrating the town’s world-famous heritage.

“Once complete, the town centre will be much more accessible and enjoyable for all, whilst we continue to help local businesses thrive and boost the local economy, whilst improving congestion, journey times and encourage active travel.

“This scheme is a collaborative effort by the community, council and the Combined Authority to create a brighter future for Holmfirth.”

While the Huddersfield Road Car Park is closed, alternative parking can be found at Bridge Lane Car Park, Crown Bottom Car Park, Council Office Car Park and Town Gate Car Parks (bus station).

Digital Variable Messaging Signs (VMS) will be in place in advance of the work starting, displaying details of important information.

The council says that any noisy operational work should be completed by midnight. If at any point the program is unexpectedly delayed, advance notice will be given to residents and businesses in the area.

The TCAP is a partnership project between the council and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, which aims to help reduce traffic congestion and carbon emissions by prioritising sustainable transport. Accessibility is another key focus for the scheme, as is boosting the cultural sector.

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