Over 100 applications accepted for Wakefield Council’s Local Capital Grants Fund

21/03/2017, PR8506

​Over 100 applications to fund community projects across the Wakefield district have been given the green light.

Description of The Core, Castleford
Description of The Core, Castleford

​Senior councillors are to discuss the progress of The Local Capital Grants Programme at the Council's next Cabinet meeting at 10.30am on March 28 at Wakefield Town Hall.

Earlier this year, the Council announced it was committing over £1.05m for community projects through the Programme, with additional funding for some projects being sought from external grants and other fundraising.

It provides £50,000 for each ward to use for specific projects identified by ward councillors through engagement with residents, voluntary and community groups. So far 103 applications have been accepted, totalling £883,580 in the amount of funding allocated.

Cllr Denise Jeffery
Cllr Denise Jeffery

​Cllr Denise Jeffery, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Skills at Wakefield Council, said: "With reductions in our funding from Government we need to find imaginative solutions to support regeneration projects.

"The programme of investment is to support local community clubs and facilities, play areas, parks and open spaces and infrastructure."

The projects which have received funding include:

  • Investment at 'The Core' artwork installation next to the bus station in Castleford
  • 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 fly-tipping 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.

Cabinet members are being asked to agree to note the report and to agree arrangements for future decision making.

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