£1.2 million for regeneration across South East of the district

Some of the money could go to pay for fencing around football pitches at Frickley Country Park
Some of the money could go to pay for fencing around football pitches at Frickley Country Park

More than £1m could be spent on regeneration projects in the South East of the district.

Roads, parks and buildings would be improved as part of an investment programme by Wakefield Council.

Potential regeneration schemes include almost £120,000 to improve Upton Pavilion, £120,000 for South Hiendley Skate Park and £120,000 for road works in South Elmsall and South Kirkby.

A list of proposed projects will be discussed at the council’s cabinet meeting next week.

Denise Jeffery, cabinet member for economic growth and skills, said: “Regeneration continues to be priority for us as we drive forward investment in our district and I am pleased with all the projects outlined in this report.

“These plans will continue to support our long term goals to make the district a thriving hub of activity for everyone to enjoy.”

As part of £1.2m of potential investment for the South East, the Ackworth, North Elmsall and Upton ward would get almost £350,000.

That would include £196,000 on the pavilion and improvements to playing fields and car parks.

Havercroft and Ryhill would get almost £300,000, including cash for 20mph zones and zebra crossings and a refurbishment of the library at Havercroft Community Learning Centre.

In Hemsworth, schemes totalling £329,000 could include upgrades to sports facilities, including the South Hiendley Skate Park and Football Club.

The Hemsworth ward would also get £53,400 for a new hairdressing training academy at Kinsley and Fitzwilliam Learning Community Centre.

Some £300,000 of proposed spending in South Elmsall and South Kirkby includes £45,000 on a new park in Moorthorpe and £45,000 on fencing around football pitches at Frickley Country Park.

The report said £120,000 of the cash for that ward could pay for footpath improvements, speed bumps and repairs to potholes.

The proposals are part of a programme of capital spending to be discussed on Tuesday by the council, which is facing budget cuts of more than £100m by 2020.

The report said: “With more limited resources available, it is increasingly important to prioritise and to focus on key, major projects which will deliver economic growth in the district and the provision of new homes.”