Pontefract Vision marks first year success
New planters in Pontefract
Cllr Denise Jeffery, Wakefield Council's Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Regeneration, said: "There have been some good successes in the last year and this investment in the town is so important for future generations. However, there is still much to do to achieve the 2028 Vision.
"This is not an overnight job. It will take time but we are working closely with our strategic partners, businesses and community groups in all aspects of the work we are doing in Pontefract so we can realise the benefits we have set out to deliver in the future."
As well as physical regeneration, Pontefract also benefits from an 'Employment Hub' which has been launched to work with businesses and young people in the district to increase awareness of opportunities for further education, training, employment progression and job vacancies.
The 'Works Better' programme continues to connect unemployed residents to local employment opportunities, as well as exploring opportunities to upskill and train towards a career change. In partnership with Pontefract library, the programme runs a number of job clubs where unemployed individuals can access expert information, advice and guidance around skills and employment in the local area.
The Pontefract Vision 2028 was published in March 2018. The Action Plan underpins this with a series of actions and initiatives designed to deliver the Vision and improve the town for the benefit of all residents, businesses and visitors over the next 10 years. The Action Plan has been updated for 2019/20. The Council is working closely with many local organisations, the Pontefract Civic Society in particular, to deliver the plan.
One of the short term future plans is the commissioning of a Masterplan for 'Re-connecting Pontefract'. This will look at the areas around the town centre including Horsefair, Tanshelf and the Dispensary site and how they can be re-connected to wider communities, transport hubs and anchor destinations such as the Castle and Race Course over the long-term.
To view the Pontefract Vision 2028, please visit http://www.wakefield.gov.uk/pontevision and the Action Plan is available at http://www.wakefield.gov.uk/ponteactionplan