Consultation launched on £1m Pontefract scheme
A project to modernise the Horsefair area of Pontefract town centre has been opened for public comment and ideas.
The public consultation is open until Friday 25 October. It is available online at https://www.yourvoice.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/Horsefair. Paper versions will be available at Pontefract Library.
The initiative is part of the 'Streets for People' scheme which focuses on creating safe and healthy places. The new design will take into consideration a number of factors, including traffic management, reducing air pollution, creating places which help people to interact and encouraging sustainable methods of transport such as cycling, walking and public transportation.
Cllr Denise Jeffery, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Growth at Wakefield Council, said: "This is a great scheme and we now need people to help us by sharing their thoughts and ideas. This information will be used to help with the design, so please take part in the consultation.
"The aim is to re-connect the castle to the town centre so that visitors to the castle can walk along Horsefair to discover the town centre and vice-versa. It will benefit residents and businesses as well as encouraging visitors to come and enjoy our district."
The £1million project is being funded by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority. Councillor Kim Groves, Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority's Transport Committee, said: "This project is another example of West Yorkshire's ambition to improve local places and their connections to enable walking, cycling and public transport to become the natural choice for shorter everyday journeys, helping to reduce air pollution and increase road safety and physical activity."
The Horsefair scheme is part of the wider masterplan for Pontefract town centre which is currently being developed. It aims to regenerate the area, introduce more town-centre living, improve town centre connectivity and encourage more people to visit and live in a sustainable and healthier neighbourhood.
Following the public consultation, the scheme is expected to get underway in 2020/21.
Notes for editors
- The initiative is funded by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority's Integrated Transport Block funding programme as part of its 'West Yorkshire Transport Strategy 2040' delivery.