Release Date: 11-Nov-2010
The shops are part of a £16m regeneration project currently taking place on the estate. They are owned by Kirklees Community Association, a local charitable trust whose unique status has enabled the regeneration project to be funded at a time when many other social housing schemes have been put on hold. Other key partners include Kirklees Council, which donated the land, Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing (KNH), which manages the estate, the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), which provided a grant for new homes, and local residents.
The new shops opened the day after the existing premises across the road closed. These have now been demolished to make way for new family housing.
Peter Rock is the chair of KCA. He said “the shops are at the heart of the community and a vital local resource, so it was important that there was continuity of service. I’m really pleased that Mr Singh and Mr Nazir, the shopkeepers, were able to move in so quickly.
“It was a real team effort to get the shops ready in time, with the shopkeepers working with their shopfitters and Keepmoat, the builders, to coordinate everything.
“The new buildings look fantastic and are another very visible sign of the time, money and energy being invested into the area, which should make a huge difference to existing and new residents for years to come.”
Cllr Shabir Pandor, the council’s cabinet member for housing, said: “The opening of the new shops is another major milestone for Fieldhead.
“The council is committed to building affordable homes, creating jobs and giving our communities a much needed lift during these still difficult economic times. The regeneration project is helping us achieve these aims.”
The Fieldhead project involves 155 unpopular flats and maisonettes being demolished and replaced by 139 new family homes for rent and for sale. The remaining homes are also being upgraded to blend in with the new properties; new play areas are being built; the road system is being improved; and a range of other environmental improvements will be carried out. The project is due to be completed by autumn 2011.