Exciting proposals have been formulated for Knottingley, Ferrybridge, and Pontefract, aiming to contribute to their economic revitalization and enhance the quality of life for residents.

The new plans build upon the ongoing efforts that have already resulted in improved leisure facilities, enhanced skills, training opportunities, and job creation.

Cllr Michael Graham, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Regeneration, said: “The regeneration of these historic towns is important to the district’s future success and for everyone who lives and work in them.

“I’m pleased that we’ve made progress in achieving the goals we set out in 2018, but there is much more still to do and I’m really looking forward to what we can accomplish in the next few years.

“We will continue to work with residents, businesses and partner organisations to do more to support the growth and prosperity of the towns and attract more investment into Knottingley, Ferrybridge and Pontefract.”

Since 2018, 31 projects have been completed in Pontefract, and from 2019, 82 in Knottingley and Ferrybridge.

The completion of most targets prompted the Council to conduct a review, consulting with local organizations and partners, leading to the identification of new priorities to transform the towns.

Enhancing road safety outside primary schools, undertaking improvements to Monkhill station, and fostering tourism growth are among the new objectives outlined in the action plans.

An allocation of £170,000 from the Town Centre Regeneration Fund has already been assigned to new schemes in the plan for Knottingley and Ferrybridge.

Several projects, including the upgrade of the Great North Road underpass in Ferrybridge and improvements to play equipment at Simpson Lane on the Warwick estate, will benefit from these funds.

In Pontefract, the Council is collaborating with Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, alongside organizations such as WYCA, Homes England, and Historic England, to find a new purpose for the 19th-century Old Dispensary and ensure the future of the Hermitage.

Planning guidelines that will influence the built environment in Knottingley and Ferrybridge are poised for approval, along with the action plans, at the upcoming Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, 12 December.