Council is investing £1m for community projects

Date: 16/01/2017
Ref:  PR 8455

Wakefield Council is investing over £1m into community projects across the district as part of its Capital Grants Programme.

The funding boost will provide £50,000 for each ward to use for specific projects identified by ward councillors through engagement with residents, voluntary and community groups.

Cllr Denise Jeffery, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Skills, said: "Investing in the future of our district benefits everyone, which is why we are delighted to announce the £1m Capital Grants Programme.

"These are difficult times with the effects of budget cuts being felt, so we need to continue to support economic growth and invest in the future of the district.

"The funding has been devolved to local areas to fund specific projects in wards, benefiting the local communities where they need it. The programme of investment will help support local community clubs and facilities, play areas, parks and open spaces and infrastructure."

The Council has committed £1.05m of capital funding to the various projects across the district and additional funding for some projects will be sought from external grants and other fundraising.

Over 80 projects across the district have been approved to date, totalling nearly £720,000.

In Castleford, some of the investment can already be seen at 'The Core' artwork installation next to the bus station. The stone cylinder represents the 'core' of Castleford, making visible the layers of history and geology that make up the town. The Core shows references to Castleford's links to the pottery industry and its roman heritage.

Cllr Jeffery added, "This fantastic monument, in the heart of the town centre, celebrates the rich and varied history of Castleford and helps to mark out our future aspirations for the town."

Other key projects already identified as part of the programme include:
• Improvements and new play equipment at Vale Crescent and Acacia Walk play areas in Pontefract and Knottingley
• New street lighting on Dando Way in Ackworth
• Improvements to the shower and changing rooms at Normanton Knights ARLFC
• A pedestrian crossing at the bottom of Harrison Road in Crofton
• New CCTV for Hemsworth Miners Welfare Cricket Club pavilion
• New mobile CCTV System for flytipping and anti-social behaviour hotspots in Wakefield
• A defibrillator for Pontefract Sports and Social Club and an outdoor community defibrillator for Agbrigg and Belle Vue Community Centre
• New climbing equipment and benches at the De Lacy play area
• New play equipment, bins and signs for Agbrigg Park
• Additional CCTV cameras for Horbury Town Centre
• Refurbishment of Ferrybridge Community Centre
• New patient equipment for the Prince of Wales Hospice in Pontefract

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