£225K scheme to revamp Knottingley nears completion

The Arcade on Hill Top near the shops has had a new sign and seating, councillors  Graham Stokes, Harry Ellis and Glenn Burton. (w602e504)
The Arcade on Hill Top near the shops has had a new sign and seating, councillors Graham Stokes, Harry Ellis and Glenn Burton. (w602e504)

A £225,000 scheme to revamp Knottingley and boost business in the town centre has almost finished.

The project, which has included planting trees, installing new seating and paving, has been carried out at Hill Top.

It also includes new signs directing people to the railway station, town hall and the Knottingley Amphitheatre.

Knottingley councillor Graham Stokes said: “These works will bring a more pleasant atmosphere to the area and I think it will help the shops and businesses too.

“Hill Top is like a gateway to the town.

“It’s the first part of the town people get to see when they come in and this will make it look much better and welcoming.”

The works are part of the Knottingley and Ferrybridge Delivery Plan - which is a 20- year scheme to revamp and improve the area.

The plan also includes a new library and improvements to the A162 Ferrybridge bypass.

Coun Stokes added: “I am sure these works will lead to a boost for the businesses on Hill Top because it will be a nicer place for people to visit.”

Improvement works are also being carried out at Freda’s Gardens on the Aire and Calder Navigation Canal.

A £50,000 scheme will see a new garden built on the canal side.

Coun Denise Jeffery, cabinet member for economic growth and skills, said: “We are committed to making improvements in Knottingley to improve the area for residents and visitors.

“This will help develop the town, boosting our local economy.”

For more information on the 20-year Knottingley and Ferrybridge Delivery Plan and what it involves visit Wakefield Council’s website at www.wakefield.gov.uk