Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street has been shown proposal for a £41 million investment package to continue the on-going regeneration of Dudley town centre.
The Mayor saw proposals for the redevelopment of key sites in the town during a tour hosted by Dudley Council.
During the visit, the leader of the council, Cllr Patrick Harley, told the Mayor how investment and regeneration will transform the fortunes of one of the country’s largest metropolitan boroughs.
(l-r) Cllr Ian Kettle, Dudley Council's cabinet member for regeneration, Jeremy Knight-Adams, director of Avenbury Properties, Cllr Patrick Harley, leader of Dudley Council, Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, Sarah Norman, chief executive of Dudley Council and Ninder Johal from the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership
If the council successfully secures the funding, it will be used to support a number of key regeneration projects in the town centre including:
Cllr Harley said the funds will lever in an additional £100million in match-funding and private sector investment.
During the tour, council bosses also updated Mr Street on big projects including the very light rail innovation centre and details to transform the Waterfront including the introduction of the music institute and Metro stops.
Dudley College Principal Lowell Williams talked of the impressive developments at Dudley College, including the new ‘Advance II’ building and plans for a new University Centre focussing on the new technologies that Very Light Rail will bring.
The Mayor said: “It’s great to see an authority with ambition and a clear plan to work with key partners, businesses and developers to boost the local economy and drive forward change.
“During my visit I have seen for myself the difference investment and regeneration has made in Dudley town centre and I strongly support the authority’s plans.”
Cllr Harley added: “It’s been a pleasure to welcome Mr Street to the historic capital of the Black Country.
“We’ve got a lot to be proud of in Dudley, our heritage and culture sets us apart along with the significant progress we have made in recent years to transform areas of the borough, particularly Dudley town centre.
“But we know there’s more to do and we are absolutely committed to making it happen. It’s essential we get this funding to support the private sector and the economy to help get some key projects off the ground.”