Road closures as Work begins at Pontefract Castle

Date: 17/02/2015

We are advising residents about road closures as work to improve Pontefract Castle begins.

This stage of the £3.5million project will open up the site with the removal of a small number of trees including self-seeded saplings, diseased trees, and those which are damaging the castle.

The four week project will mean road closures will take place on North Baileygate, between Mill Dam and The Butt every Sunday starting from 22nd February until Sunday 15th March between 8.30am and 5pm.

Cllr Les Shaw, Cabinet Member for Culture Leisure and Sport, said: "This work has been carefully timed to coincide with the end of the bat hibernation season and before bird nesting begins.

"We are doing all we can to minimise disruption to our neighbours but in order to remove the trees from the site, there will be some road closures. Please bear with us until this work is complete."

Pontefract Castle has been awarded funds from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), English Heritage, EPaC landfill charity, the Wolfson Foundation and Wakefield Council for the £3.5 million Key to the North project over the next four years. The project will result in the castle being taken off the At Risk register, a new visitor centre with a learning zone, exhibition space, shop and café, restored Victorian paths and many more features. There will also be a programme of events, activities and educational sessions beginning this year and lasting until autumn 2018.