Dudley folk invited to have their say on major improvement project

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Major plans to breathe new life into an area of Dudley town centre are in the hands of the public as part of a multi-million pound funding bid.

Dudley Council has organised a drop in session next week to discuss proposals for Wolverhampton Street and Inhedge Park.

The council has been tackling a number of issues along Wolverhampton Street – including housing and waste enforcement issues and buying a derelict site to build new homes – but wants to hear the views of residents and people who work in the town.

People can attend a drop in session at the DY1 Community Building on Stafford Street from 1pm on Tuesday (October 3) and a group discussion will be held between 6pm and 8pm for anyone who would like to be more involved in the process.

The project is part of a £41million bid to the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership, which has been backed by West Midlands Mayor Andy Street.

It also includes shopping and retail development on the site of the former Cavendish House and the Midland Metro extension to Brierley Hill. Other funding bids are also being explored.

Councillor Ian Kettle, Dudley's cabinet member for planning and economic development, said: “These proposals are about transforming the town, bringing in millions of pounds of investment and creating jobs.

"We have submitted a bid to the Black Country LEP, which if approved, will include work in Wolverhampton Street and the Inhedge Park area, and we want to hear what people have to say about the plans.

“We want everyone, who lives or uses the area, to get involved, and attendance at the event will able us to incorporate appropriate ideas and views into any future plans.”

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