Council preparing Towns Fund bid

13/03/2020, PR-9330

Castleford Market

​Wakefield Council is asking residents to share their views on Castleford town centre to help prepare a bid for a slice of the £3.6billion Towns Fund.

Castleford has been given the opportunity to bid into the Government scheme which aims to drive the economic regeneration of towns through investment in areas such as connectivity, land use, economic assets including cultural assets, skills and enterprise infrastructure.

The Council has established the Castleford Taskforce, a board that is made up of a wide variety of local businesses, funding partners, community groups, local ward members and the local Member of Parliament, Yvette Cooper. The Taskforce’s role is to represent the town and set the vision and strategy for the Town Investment Plan.

The Taskforce would like local people to assist with the drawing up of the plan and want to hear how residents feel Castleford can become a sustainable and thriving place where communities can enjoy living and working.

Cllr Darren Byford
Cllr Darren Byford

​Cllr Darren Byford, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Regeneration, said: “I welcome the news that Castleford has been selected by Government to take part in the application process for the Towns Fund. This is a fantastic opportunity alongside our existing investment plans for Castleford.

“We will work closely with our partners through the Castleford Taskforce to produce our Town Investment Plan with the aim of driving long term economic and productivity growth.”

The survey is open now until 20 April and can be found online at or paper copies are available at Castleford and Airedale Libraries and Queen’s Mill.

Find more information about the exciting plans for Castleford at