In this week’s Pontefract and Castleford Express

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This week we lead on plans to build 560 homes on the site of the former Glass Houghton Colliery which councillors say will ‘transform’ the area.

Also in news:

- Featherstone servicemen who lost their lives in the First World War will be remembered with a new war memorial in the town.

- Pollution is causing premature deaths as public health bosses battle to clean up the district’s air.

- Detectives questioned two men in connection with an arson attack at a Knottingley.

- Thousands of motorists could potentially have their parking tickets refunded after the city’s police force admitted it had issued as many as 16,000 notices in error.

- People were forced to evacuate their homes after a thunderstorm and torrential rain led to flash flooding across the area.

In sport:

- Featherstone coach Jon Sharp expects a difficult test against relegation-threatened Batley Bulldogs in Monday’s Championship Shield clash at Big Fellas Stadium (3pm kick-off).

- Castleford Tigers have been left counting the cost of their defeat in France to Catalans Dragons last Saturday.

- Pontefract motocross rider Jordan Eccles has made it three major UK national titles in three years after clinching the Thor British Youth National Open class Championship.

- The Central Yorkshire League title race took another twist last Saturday when Methley went back top after they were the only team in the top four to earn maximum points from a completed game.