Release Date: 04-Aug-2011
Rain didn’t stop the residents of Fieldhead coming out to celebrate the regeneration of their estate.
Despite a few showers, families enjoyed a feast of free entertainment including a climbing wall, bouncy castle, donkey rides, face painting, Mrs Tipsy’s children’s show, the fun bus and fairground rides.
Matthew Bagley tries his hand at some of the circus skills.
Celebrate Fieldhead! was held to mark the end of the government-funded building work on the estate and celebrate what the project has achieved in transforming the area.
The highlight of the event was a spectacular fire show with breath-taking stunts by Surefire Contemporary Circus Theatre. The group also led free circus skills workshops all afternoon including juggling, diablo, and hula hooping.
The event, which took place in and around the community centre in Lowood Lane, was opened by the Deputy Mayor of Kirklees Cllr Christine Iredale, Batley and Spen MP Mike Wood and Peter Rock, chairman of Kirklees Community Association.
The Mayor of Kirklees Cllr Eric Firth also called in later in the day.
Local community organisations including Birstall Luddites Rotary, Batley and Birstall Kirkwood Hospice Support Group and the community centre also supported the event by holding stalls.
The event was organised by local charitable trust Kirklees Community Association, which has led the regeneration.
KCA’s unique status has enabled the 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 and building company Keepmoat Homes.
KNH and Bramall Construction, part of the Keepmoat Group, contributed towards the event.
KCA Chairman Peter Rock said: “Thank you to everyone who came to the event for making it a tremendous success.
“It was a fitting way to celebrate this fantastic and unique project. I am particularly delighted that both the Mayor and Deputy Mayor could join us to celebrate along with other dignitaries.”
The project saw unpopular flats and maisonettes demolished and replaced by 139 new family homes.
The remaining flats have been upgraded by KNH to blend in with the new properties, new shops built and the road system improved.
Building work on the social housing will finish this month. Keepmoat’s private for sale housing is due for completion by March 2012.