Over £1.5m in regeneration grants has been secured for regeneration projects in Shipley and Keighley.

Each town will receive £750,000 each from the government’s Towns Fund scheme which is designed to drive long term economic and productivity growth.

Administered by Bradford Council, the funding is intended to deliver shovel-ready projects and is additional to more substantial plans to invest £25m in the towns.

The council wanted to ensure as many people as possible shared in the benefits of the scheme, so the authority selected a number of smaller projects for the submission.

Shipley Towns Fund project include:

  • A new path/cycle route Linking Shipley and Baildon to Saltaire (£72,000)
  • Investment in local parks including Northcliffe Park (£155,000)
  • Improved footpaths in Saltaire (£246,483)
  • Adding a new bus gate to Shipley Market Square (£40,000)
  • Improving CCTV in Shipley town centre (£54,000)
  • Developing small parklet spaces (£28,000)
  • Refurbishing Victoria Hall in Saltaire (£85,767)
  • Improved walking routes to local schools and other green spaces in Windhill (£25,000)
  • Bus shelters real-time information boards (£43,750)

Keighley Towns Fund projects include:

  • Better CCTV cameras in the town centre (£83,000)
  • Improvements to local parks including Cliffe Castle and Devonshire Park (£220,500)
  • Developing small parklet spaces (£36,050)
  • Investment in Keighley Worth Valley Railway (£86,000)
  • Equipment for the town’s Manufacturing Industrial Centre Excellence at Keighley College (£123,000)
  • New bus real-time information boards (£96,250)
  • A pocket park at Postman’s Walk (£90,000)
  • Creation of a community garden on Devonshire Street (£15,200)

Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, said: “I’d like to thank our officers for putting together such an excellent set of shovel-ready projects in a very short amount of time. We’re delighted to receive this grant which will deliver significant improvements to key heritage assets in Shipley and Keighley as well as our parks and green spaces.”