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Economic Regeneration and Transportation

Primary Responsibilities

The Economic Regeneration and Transportation Division works to create a high quality environment that encourages further investment from existing organisations and seeks to attract new investment into the Borough to create and attract jobs and opportunities for residents. The Division works in partnership with other agencies and organisations to ensure best of use of resources to improve the prosperity of the Borough and to ensure that Dudley is at the very heart of regeneration in the Black Country and beyond.

Economic Strategy & Intelligence

The Economic Strategy & Intelligence section is responsible for the development and promotion of the Dudley Borough Economic Strategy which brings together the economic regeneration activities that are planned and underway in Dudley Borough. It is also involved in securing external funding to support the delivery of economic regeneration projects within the Economic Strategy.

The section also provides support to local businesses, which includes the work of the Prince’s Trust in providing help to young people, aged 18-30, to start their own business and the management of Lye Business Centre which offers self contained business units for light industrial use.

Economic Regeneration Delivery

The Service is responsible for town centre management and development, landscape and urban design and the co-ordination of regeneration projects in the Borough.

Engineering Traffic and Transportation

Engineering Traffic & Transportation is responsible for; responding to dangerous structures that affect the highway, enforcing private drainage legislation, land drainage provisions, development control matters insofar as they affect the public highway and requests for traffic regulation orders.

The service ensures that economic prosperity is maintained by development of Transport Policy and through highway network management by implementation of traffic regulation orders. Including; implementation of highway improvement schemes and the bridge strengthening and highway structures programme.

Work is undertaken to ensure that safe, accessible and sustainable transport systems are in place, and that journeys by all modes of travel are as safe as possible including the active promotion of road safety.

Insofar as engineering matters are concerned the service provides a geotechnical support service including; undertaking desk top studies and site investigations, undertaking land remediation projects and the treatment and stabilisation of mine workings.

Key Priorities

  • Delivery of the Grange Island Improvement scheme

  • The development of Transportation Policy and Strategy for the Council

  • Spatial Planning through the Black Country Study

  • The stabilisation of Stepshaft Mine

  • Urban Traffic Control and management of traffic movements on the highway network

  • Helping vulnerable road users

  • Delivering road safety education and training

  • Engineering and transportation implications from development proposals

  • The delivery of training and local jobs for local people through Future Skills Dudley

  • Support the delivery of the Next Generation Local Area Agreement (LAA)

  • Provision of a co-ordinated professional and management service in the disciplines of Chartered

  • Landscape Architects and Urban Design

  • Maximising the potential of the four town centres of Dudley, Stourbridge, Halesowen and Brierley Hill, stimulating town centre economic regeneration and co-ordinating day to day town centre activities

  • Maximising investment and regeneration opportunities, brownfield land development, delivery of regeneration initiatives arising from the council’s Local Development framework, local centres and central employment zone and project management of one off Council sponsored and partnership projects

  • Project management of the Heritage Lottery Fund assisted restoration of the William Shenstone’s internationally important 18th century landscape at the Leasowes, Halesowen