The Brighouse Town Deal Board and Calderdale Council are inviting community groups, charities, and organisations to express their interest in providing new homes for two temporary parklets in the town centre. These parklets, currently enhancing Commercial Street and Bethel Street car park, are set to be relocated as part of the £19.1 million Town Deal investment initiative.

Installed in 2021 through accelerator funding to deliver immediate benefits to Brighouse, the parklets feature pedestrian areas adorned with benches, plants, and trees. As the proposed market building projects progress, the two parklets located by the canalside in Bethel Street car park need to find new homes within the community.

Applications are now open for community groups and charities based in the Brighouse, Rastrick, or Hipperholme & Lightcliffe wards, encompassing towns and villages such as Clifton, Bailiff Bridge, Brookfoot, and Hove Edge. Details regarding the parklets, application requirements, and eligibility criteria can be found at www.brighousedeal.co.uk/parklets. The deadline for expressions of interest is Friday 9 February.

The Town Deal Board and Calderdale Council will assess applications to ensure that the publicly-funded parklets, supported by the Levelling Up initiative, continue to serve the community in the future.

Cllr Howard Blagbrough, Chair of the Brighouse Town Deal Board, said; “Brighouse’s parklets have played an important role in the past few years as a space for people to sit, meet and enjoy in the heart of our town centre.

“Now, as we develop and put in place the Town Deal plans which will bring even more of those opportunities to residents, shoppers and visitors, we want to ensure the parklets have a new home with community groups, organisations or charities around our area.

“We look forward to assessing the expressions of interest to ensure the two Bethel Street car park parklets continue to bring benefits to where we live into the future.”

Cllr Sarah Courtney, Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Towns, Tourism and Voluntary Sector, said; “Local people are at the centre of the Brighouse transformation, so it’s great that they’ve benefited from the parklets and that these benefits will live on in the community.

“We encourage community organisations in the area to come forward if they can use these welcoming spaces to give people a better experience of our vibrant places, which means they want to spend longer there and keep coming back.

“It’s exciting to see the Town Deal progressing as it builds a thriving future for Brighouse.”

The remaining two parklets on Commercial Street are expected to be made available to community groups and charities shortly, preceding the commencement of work in the town centre. Further information about the Brighouse Town Deal can be found at www.brighousedeal.co.uk and www.calderdalenextchapter.co.uk, providing details on various major projects across Calderdale.