£1.2m revamp scheme approved

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More than £1m worth of regeneration projects for the South East of the district have been approved by the district council.

An investment programme by Wakefield Council will include improvements to roads, parks and building.

The council’s cabinet approved 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.

They were on a list of potential regeneration schemes discussed at a cabinet meeting last Tuesday.

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

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

Havercroft and Ryhill will 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, proposed schemes totalling £329,000 include upgrades to sports facilities, including the South Hiendley Skate Park and Football Club.

The Hemsworth ward will 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.