Sandal Castle plans move a step forward
Wakefield Council has taken a step forward with its ambitious plan to protect one of the district's most popular historic sites for current and future generations.
The Council last year agreed to allocate £734,000 for work to conserve Sandal Castle and to improve access for visitors to the popular site.
Public access is restricted after bridges and steps to the Keep were closed following safety checks.
But work to repair bridges, walkways and steps has now gone out to tender and the Council aims for the work to be completed, and for the site to be fully re-opened to visitors, by the end of the year.
Cllr Jacquie Speight, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport said: "Sandal Castle is an important part of Wakefield's heritage and a much-loved place for people to go for a walk, or a run, to enjoy dog walking and family outings.
"We value the district's history and culture and this is why we have injected significant resources into the project. It will make a real difference, and enable people to enjoy this important heritage site."
Restoration work to the historic monument will take place in spring 2019.
The Council has also been working with Historic England to identify sites for new benches and information boards, once the bridge, Keep and masonry repair works have taken place.
A new gate was installed this year, and repairs to gaps in the fences, to make it more difficult for motorbikes to get on site and to deter vandalism.