£1.2 million improvement works planned for the South East

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Wakefield Council is improving roads, parks and buildings as part of an £1.2 million investment programme for the South East.

The first project to be completed is the £80,000 development of the Kinsley and Fitzwilliam Learning and Community Centre. The funding was used to develop the centre salon to provide training rooms for hair dressing.

Cllr Denise Jeffery, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Skills, said: “This funding has made fantastic improvements to the Kinsley and Fitzwilliam Learning and Community Centre. It will make sure that even more young people will be able to access valuable training for their careers right here in the district.”

With over 30 schemes taking place other projects include improvements to Upton Pavilion, new skate park at Minsthorpe and road improvements works in Havercroft.

Cllr Jeffery added: “These projects have been chosen to help make a real difference to people in our local communities. With more limited resources available, we have focused on key projects which will make a difference in our local communities and deliver economic growth in the district.

“The majority of the projects are still in there very early stages but I look forward to welcoming these improvements to the South East over the next couple of years.”

The Council has committed £1.2m to the various projects across the South East and additional funding for some projects will be sought from external grants.

Other key projects include:
• Development of new changing facilities for local groups using the pitches on the former Upton Colliery
• Refurbishment of the IT suite and library facility at Havercroft Community Learning Centre
• Improvement works to Hemsworth Bowls Club pavilion
• Upgrade of the facilities at the Kinsley craft centre
• Improved drainage system at Carr Bridge Playing Field to ensure greater protection against flooding
• Highways improvements to Havercroft and Ryhill including 20mph zone through Ryhill to link to Cow Lane and a full footpath programme through the village
• Improvements to Low Ackworth Play Area
• New South Hiendley Skate Park including car park, site furniture and soft landscaping
• New fencing to the allotments at Ackworth
• Development of a skate park at Minsthorpe.
For more information about regeneration in the South East and across the district visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/regeneration