A vision for Pontefract is set out
A new plan setting out the future of Pontefract is underway – after residents and businesses responded to a call to share their views
The Pontefract Vision 2028, jointly set up by Wakefield Council, WDH and Pontefract Civic Society, is setting out the organisations' shared priorities for the historic town, which will help guide development and steer projects into the next decade and beyond.
People were asked to take part in a public consultation in January, which included asking their views on a wide range of ideas, from promoting Pontefract as a visitor destination, to improving transport connections, and addressing health inequalities. The feedback they gave will influence the future direction of plans for the town.
Those who gave their views said they highly valued Pontefract for its rich heritage, the castle and Pontefract Park. They also valued the town centre and Pontefract's location with its strong road links including the M62. The consultation also highlighted issues that people want to address, such as tackling traffic congestion, litter and a request for more facilities for young people.
People said they were concerned about anti-social behaviour – an issue which the Council is addressing with a Public Space Protection Order in place in Pontefract Town Centre, which aims to reduce drinking alcohol in public places.
The Council is looking at short and long term solutions for congestion. Funding has been secured for additional 'keep clear' road markings around the roundabout near McDonalds. More major infrastructure changes to accommodate and manage traffic flow on the major roads to Pontefract will require significant investment and support from the Council and other organisations.
Cllr Denise Jeffery, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Regeneration at Wakefield Council, said: "Pontefract has a wealth of potential and lots of good things are already happening such as the Key to the North project at the castle, which is helping to put the town on the map as a visitor destination.
"Pontefract also has some great volunteer groups who are making a difference to the town and by championing local parks.
"Thank you to everyone who has shared their views. We value this feedback, which will be fed into plans for the future."
At a Cabinet meeting on March 6, senior councillors will be asked to agree to an action plan being drawn up, to take forward ideas for future development in Pontefract.