Proposals for maintenance work at Sandal Castle

15/11/2017, PR8692

​Plans to invest over £700,000 in repairs and maintenance work at Sandal Castle are to be discussed by senior Wakefield councillors.

Members of the Council's Cabinet, meeting on November 21, will discuss a financial package to protect the monument, make improvements to bridges and walkways, and install new signage at the historic site.

Sandal Castle
Sandal Castle

​Councillors are being recommended to approve the measures totaling £734,000 for the popular Castle and the surrounding site, which attracts over 200,000 visitors a year.

The investment would significantly reduce future cost of maintenance at the site, by replacing the existing wooden decking and structures with more long lasting structures.

Currently, access is restricted to the public after bridges and steps to the Keep were closed following safety checks last year.

Jacquie Speight, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport
Cllr Jacquie Speight, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport

​Cllr Jacquie Speight, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport at Wakefield Council, said: "Sandal Castle is a very important part of our local heritage which is enjoyed by many thousands of visitors each year. We will be discussing the proposed financial package for this historic site and making a decision on the next step forward."

Councillors are being recommended to approve the investment.

The work would include structural repairs around the monument and see specialist teams removing vegetation and saplings that have grown around it.

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