Team formed to help boost ailing town centre

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A NEWLY-formed regeneration focus group has been launched to help revitalise Dudley town centre.

The Dudley Town Team, comprising traders, councillors and business leaders, has been tasked with spending the town’s £100,000 share of the Government’s £10m High Street Innovation Fund in a bid to boost the ailing town.

In a bid to attract more shoppers to the centre the group will look at ways to bring in new businesses and fill the vacant units.

The town team are also muting ideas of setting up specialist Sunday markets as well as hosting more community events in the centre and are hoping to put greater focus on tourism by forging links with Dudley Zoo and Dudley Museum.

Councillor Shaukat Ali, cabinet member for regeneration, said: “The town team are working on the detail of the proposals and looking at how we can bring them to fruition, to boost trade, tourism and visitors to the town.
“By working together and being positive about our town we can make great things happen.”

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12:58pm Tue 13 Nov 12

steve Briscoe says...

This new body is to replace the Dudley town partnership which as been doing nothing for the last 3 years but talking.
The only difference is that the report as not mentioned is that Westfield (Merry Hill) have been invited on the committee plus the local banks and someone retail expert from Dudley college. its obvious to local traders that Westfield will only be looking after its interests on this committe. Its obvious to local people who use the centre that 100,000 is not enough to turn Dudley town around Real money needs to be spent on the town centre. Reopening King st must be a major priority plus major reatailers need to return to replace Beatties and Wooolies and a big foodstore is needed and there needs to be a major image change to the town centre with high class appartments on the outskirts of the centre.
This new body is to replace the Dudley town partnership which as been doing nothing for the last 3 years but talking. The only difference is that the report as not mentioned is that Westfield (Merry Hill) have been invited on the committee plus the local banks and someone retail expert from Dudley college. its obvious to local traders that Westfield will only be looking after its interests on this committe. Its obvious to local people who use the centre that 100,000 is not enough to turn Dudley town around Real money needs to be spent on the town centre. Reopening King st must be a major priority plus major reatailers need to return to replace Beatties and Wooolies and a big foodstore is needed and there needs to be a major image change to the town centre with high class appartments on the outskirts of the centre. steve Briscoe
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9:13pm Tue 13 Nov 12

purebob says...

"Major retailers" need a business case for investing in Dudley. High class apartments need buyers. Dozens are vacant near Merry Hill, so who will buy them in Dudley ?

Agree that more like £100m is needed not £100k to regenerate Dudley>

I will say though the new college campuses are absolutely stunning and very high class.
"Major retailers" need a business case for investing in Dudley. High class apartments need buyers. Dozens are vacant near Merry Hill, so who will buy them in Dudley ? Agree that more like £100m is needed not £100k to regenerate Dudley> I will say though the new college campuses are absolutely stunning and very high class. purebob
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7:40am Wed 14 Nov 12

Pensnett Wammel says...

Dudley has been mismanaged for years. Its historical assets should have made it resilient to the effects of Merry Hill. A public transport system linking the town to outlying attractions would help as would holding historically themed events like medieval fayres (something that Ludlow successfully does annually to attract visitors).

In order to highlight its heritage (a unique selling point) the new borough archives should have been centrally located in the town - acting as a magnet to draw people in (in the same way that the Royal Armouries presents history in Leeds) these people would then spend money in the town centre. This was a real lost opportunity for Dudley to have an impressive public building at its heart reflecting its history. Instead it is being built out of town next to the over-priced Black Country Museum.
Dudley has been mismanaged for years. Its historical assets should have made it resilient to the effects of Merry Hill. A public transport system linking the town to outlying attractions would help as would holding historically themed events like medieval fayres (something that Ludlow successfully does annually to attract visitors). In order to highlight its heritage (a unique selling point) the new borough archives should have been centrally located in the town - acting as a magnet to draw people in (in the same way that the Royal Armouries presents history in Leeds) these people would then spend money in the town centre. This was a real lost opportunity for Dudley to have an impressive public building at its heart reflecting its history. Instead it is being built out of town next to the over-priced Black Country Museum. Pensnett Wammel
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10:43am Wed 14 Nov 12

Dudley Bloke says...

I agree with all the above:
Steve, concerning MH not being mentioned, i think it is a conspiracy, whenever MH is reported on this site and folks "comments" are "negative" towards MH, the report seems to disappear from the site!

Wammel, it is a pity we don't have the Councillors from Ludlow, at least they realise the significants of there historical building that attract folk to there town, all our Councillors want to do is demolish our historical buildings.
I agree with all the above: Steve, concerning MH not being mentioned, i think it is a conspiracy, whenever MH is reported on this site and folks "comments" are "negative" towards MH, the report seems to disappear from the site! Wammel, it is a pity we don't have the Councillors from Ludlow, at least they realise the significants of there historical building that attract folk to there town, all our Councillors want to do is demolish our historical buildings. Dudley Bloke
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11:25am Wed 14 Nov 12

dudley old boy says...

Dudley councils agenda is to destroy it
Dudley councils agenda is to destroy it dudley old boy
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11:23pm Wed 14 Nov 12

steve Briscoe says...

I agree on alot what has been written already. i dont think the Westfield site is not a bad thing for the area and it as bought jobs , mainly pt time jobs
The way Dudley town as been treated since the centre as opened as been a utter disgrace. Over the 25 year period there as been little money spent on the place , the areas around the centre are unemployment blackspots. Lack of any regeneration as led the economy of the town to collapes to a degree were names have shut up shop and been replaced by loansharks and charity and pound shops. where places like stourbridge and Halesowen have not been hit half as bad
There is no easy answer here but it the council job to make the trading conditions right in the centre.100,000 is not going to fix Dudley town
I agree on alot what has been written already. i dont think the Westfield site is not a bad thing for the area and it as bought jobs , mainly pt time jobs The way Dudley town as been treated since the centre as opened as been a utter disgrace. Over the 25 year period there as been little money spent on the place , the areas around the centre are unemployment blackspots. Lack of any regeneration as led the economy of the town to collapes to a degree were names have shut up shop and been replaced by loansharks and charity and pound shops. where places like stourbridge and Halesowen have not been hit half as bad There is no easy answer here but it the council job to make the trading conditions right in the centre.100,000 is not going to fix Dudley town steve Briscoe
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