£700,000 repairs for Sandal Castle set for approval

PIC: Simon Hulme
PIC: Simon Hulme
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Plans to invest over £700,000 in repairs and maintenance work at Sandal Castle are expected to be signed off next week.

Members of Wakefield Council’s cabinet, which will be meeting on November 21, will discuss a financial package to protect the monument, make improvements to 
bridges and walkways, and install new signage at the historic site.

Councillors are being recommended to approve the measures totaling £734,000 for the popular attraction, which attracts over 200,000 visitors a year.

The investment would, it is hoped, significantly reduce future maintenance costs, by replacing the existing wooden decking and structures with more long lasting structures. Currently, access is restricted to the public after safety checks last year.

Councillor Jacquie Speight, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said: “Sandal Castle is a very important part of our local heritage which is enjoyed by many thousands of visitors each year.”