Response to Good Growth for Cities 2015 report

​Date: 04/12/3015

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In response to the ‘Good Growth for Cities 2015 report’, published by PwC and Demos, Joanne Roney OBE, Chief Executive of Wakefield Council said: “This report does not say that Wakefield and Castleford are not good places to live.
It shows that we all need to carry on addressing long-term economic issues, affecting our district, like the level of skills, the range of jobs and higher wages.

“Over the last few years, we have secured strong economic growth, by attracting new jobs, business and investors. The next stage is to increase the quality of those jobs, raising skills and improving connectivity - something we are already doing as part of the Leeds City Region.

“This is why we have been so determined to bring the university centre to the district. Having a university presence has been a long-term ambition in order to attract more highly skilled businesses and jobs. As part of this, it is vital that we, and our local employers, continue to invest in raising skill levels.

“There is no doubt that we have faced tough times over recent years but we are making progress. Our city and town centres have seen massive regeneration investment and we are building new roads to improve the already excellent transport links.

We are home to an internationally acclaimed art gallery and sculpture park, which attract over a million visitors to this district. We have seen major retail investment delivered at Trinity Walk, and planned for the future in the Five Towns Park.
I believe we have plenty to celebrate in this district and have the long-term ambition to secure a future that will benefit everyone.”