BID Shines Light on Wakefield High Street

Friday 3rd November 2017

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Let there be light! Thanks to the BID, Wakefield’s city centre high street potential is shining.

We’ve lobbied Wakefield Council to lop back the trees around Kirkgate, helping to create a much lighter surrounding area and a less closed in feel.

Local shops had highlighted how light was being kept out of their stores and how the overhanging branches created a natural refuse bin that collected rubbish.

This is just one step the BID has taken to invest in a neater and tidier city centre for shoppers.

Last month, the BID launched its business plan to achieve a tidier city centre by taking a partnership approach and teaming up with West Yorkshire Police and Wakefield City Council.

The BID continues to highlight what Wakefield has to offer and is working hard to improve the city centre.

BID manager Elizabeth Murphy said: “Businesses on Kirkgate have raised issue with the trees due to the environmental and rubbish hazards and them being a magnet for anti-social behaviour. The trees will remain to create an environmental attraction for city centre shoppers and wildlife but shops will now receive more light in this area and a better atmosphere.”