Businesses needed for town boost

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BUSINESSES across the district are being urged to help unlock the economic potential of Castleford by attending a regeneration event in the summer.

Wakefield Council bosses this week launched the Castleford Growth Delivery Plan, which sets out long-term investment plans for the town over the next 15 to 20 years.

But regeneration bosses say help is needed from the private sector to keep the town centre moving and are calling on businesses to help invest in the future.

Coun Denise Jeffery, cabinet member for regeneration and economic growth, said: “This is a great opportunity for local businesses to get involved and move forward the regeneration of Castleford.

“To achieve the plan it is important that we work closely with local businesses and stakeholders to bring forward exciting proposals for the wider benefit of the town.”

The council’s vision for Castleford includes improving the town centre in the short-term and investing in long-term projects which will see new roads, more than 2,000 new homes and up to 3,000 new jobs created.

Council chiefs claim the growth delivery plan will stimulate private sector investment and unlock key developments along the River Aire, including the former Lambson’s and Hickson’s chemical sites, Allinson’s flour mill and the Nestle factory.

The council is now urging businesses to attend a breakfast event on June 15 so they can work together to help the plan progress.

Council leader Peter Box said: “This event will mark the start of major regeneration and economic growth in Castleford and is an opportunity for us to meet with businesses to look at how to secure the essential investment that is needed to boost the local economy.

“We are embarking on the start of a new era of regeneration already in Pontefract and are determined that Castleford and the other towns in this area should also benefit.”

Keep checking www.wake field.gov.uk for more details about the event closer to the time.