Island tour

Shadow Chancellor will visit the regeneration of Rotherham town center

Shadow Chancellor MP Rachel Reeves will experience the transformation of Rotherham town center this week.

A new social housing project will be highlighted during the visit. Ms Reeves, who is the MP for Leeds West, will also review work and plans underway to turn a brownfield site into a riverside leisure destination, including a cinema, hotel, restaurants and bars .

Council Leader Chris Read, Councilor Denise Lelliott and council officers will present Rotherham Council’s improvements to the distinguished guest, along with plans for attractive new leisure destinations and green public spaces. Oliver Coppard, the new mayor of the South Yorkshire Combined Authority, will also be welcomed to the city.

The improvements are part of the Downtown Master Plan, which was developed to transform large areas, including historic industrial sites. His vision of the city center will see him move away from the big brands to create more attractive leisure destinations and a new community of inhabitants.


Rotherham Council adopted the master plan in 2017, following extensive public consultation and stakeholder engagement. Planned upgrades and upgrades are partially funded by millions in national grants through the Towns Deal, Leveling Up Fund and Future High Streets Fund.

This funding is supplemented by the Council’s own resources and funding from the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority, Homes England and the private sector.

Residential projects on the tour will include Rotherham Council’s attempts to kick-start house building in the town center with contractor Willmott Dixon working on behalf of the council to deliver 171 houses on authority-owned land as part of of a £31.5 million contract for the “Trilogy Collection” of projects – Wellgate Place, Millfold Rise and Westgate Riverside.

Other projects include the recreation program at Forge Island – where flood works are underway, the redevelopment of the markets, the improvement of public space, the private sector led redesign of Westgate Chambers and the Center Rotherham University (UCR).

Rotherham Town Center website

Images: Jackson Civil Engineering