Council’s £225K plan to transform area

Couns Graham Stokes and Harry Ellis at Hill Top. p306a305
Couns Graham Stokes and Harry Ellis at Hill Top. p306a305

Council bosses are set to approve £225,000 of funding to transform Knottingley and Ferrybridge into a “thriving” community.

Thousands of pounds could be pumped into a 20-year revamp of the two areas if Wakefield Council’s cabinet committee rubber stamp the plans on Tuesday.

Coun Harry Ellis

Coun Harry Ellis

Councillors will discuss the proposals, which include a new retail development on land at Hill Top, following a public consultation earlier this year.

Ward Coun Harry Ellis said: “We want to make Hill Top a gateway with a ‘Welcome to Knottingley’ sign with the town’s crest on it.

“We want to improve the waterways and development at Hill Top is going to put more retail up there.

“It’s quite an innovative plan, if we can get everything it’s going to be a big improvement to the area.”

The report highlights plans for the Hill Top development – dubbed ‘The Close’ – which Coun Ellis said could include a small supermarket.

It added several other improvement projects are already underway in the area funded by the public, private and voluntary sector.

Developments include the construction of a new roundabout at Dish Hill, which council chiefs say will support the expansion of Ferrybridge power station, and reclamation of the former Oxiris chemical site which includes proposals for a gas-fired power station.

Further funding could be earmarked in the future to make improvements at Racca Green.

The report said: “In 20 years’ time, Knottingley will have been transformed to become an economically successful and thriving community, supported by housing areas of choice with a vibrant town centre; a mixed and cohesive community, which can take pride in its locality and waterways, living in a green and pleasant environment.”