In this week’s Pontefract and Castleford Express

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This week we lead on the news that controversial plans to build an ‘energy park’ on the site of Castleford’s former Hickson and Welch chemical plant have been scrapped to make way for hundreds of new homes.

Also in news:

- Ferrybridge Power Station might not be fully operational until next year after a huge fire at the site last week, its operators have confirmed.

- Parts of Pontefract Castle not seen by the public since the 17th century will be opened up as part of a £3.5m project at the site.

- A new museum could be built in Pontefract as part of the town’s Magna Carta 800th anniversary celebrations next year.

- Residents on Queen’s Park Drive in Airedale fear someone could be killed if drivers continue to use the road as a ‘racetrack’.

- We also have a picture special from Pontefract’s Yorkshire Day celebrations.

In sport:

- A comprehensive three-page preview of Castleford’s Challenge Cup semi-final against Widnes Vikings on Sunday including interviews with coach Daryl Powell, skipper Michael Shenton, Andy Lynch and Kirk Dixon.

- Featherstone Rovers coach Andy Hay knows his side will need to be at their best in Friday night’s top of the table match at leaders Leigh Centurions.

- Pontefract Squash Club’s James Willstrop won a bronze medal in the doubles in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow to add to his silver medal in the singles.

- Two pages of news from the local cricket scene, plus a round up of football, amateur rugby league, bowls, angling, athletics, weightlifting and pool news.

In promotions:

- Two for one at Sea Life Centre and Alton Towers.

- Win an ipad Mini.

- Nominate your Chippy of the Year.