Pontefract and Castleford: Regeneration schemes on the way

Pontefract town centre.

Pontefract town centre.

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BIG regeneration plans for Pontefract and Castleford will get moving next week.

Residents will get the chance to have their say on a scheme to give Castleford a major revamp on the same day of the official launch of Pontefract’s Townscape Heritage Initiative.

Residents can join consultants EC Harris, council officers and members of the Castleford Steering Group as they discuss the future of the area.

The consultation event for Castleford, on July 9 from 10am to 3pm at Carlton Lanes shopping centre, will look at how underused sites in the Wheldon Road area can be used to create new housing and employment as well as how the town centre can be improved.

Coun Denise Jeffery, Deputy Leader of Wakefield Council and chairman of the Castleford Steering Group, said: “The work being undertaken at present is essential as it will set out how the council and all other landowners and developers can work together to transform Castleford into a place where people will choose to live, work, shop and invest.

“The recession has made it very difficult for major regeneration plans to be implemented. We want to show that through careful planning and partnership working that these plans can be delivered.”

For those unable to attend the consultation day, there will be opportunities to view the plans on the Wakefield Council website www.wakefield.gov.uk.

Pontefract’s Townscape Heritage Initiative will also officially launch on July 9 at Pontefract Castle and the town centre market place.

The £1.5million scheme will see repair and restoration work carried out on historic buildings across the area.

Owners of selected buildings will be able to apply for funding to undertake restoration and repair works.

A day of activities is planned from 11am to 3.30pm.

Coun Jeffery added: “It’s great to see the rich heritage of Pontefract town centre being acknowledged and appreciated. With the council working in partnership with the Heritage Lottery Fund team we will be able to restore and secure the future of a number of buildings.

“The launch day will be a great chance for visitors to learn more about the initiative and discover the history roots of the region.”

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