Investing in Pontefract

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I AM sure that it can’t have escaped Sir William’s attention (‘Celebrate Pontefract’s rich heritage’ Express letters August 2) that the double dip recession is affecting towns and cities across the whole country.

This is a very difficult economic climate for everyone and that includes all local councils who have seen unprecedented cuts to their budgets.

Yet despite this, we are continuing to invest in Pontefract, working with local people, businesses and groups in the town and remain committed to doing all we can to support Pontefract’s economy.

I fully agree that we must celebrate and promote Pontefract’s unique history.

We already invest significant resources to achieve this and are always open to exploring new ideas. But we also recognise the importance of working with our local business community.

The new Pontefract Business Form, which I chair, gives businesses the chance to get involved with the development and delivery of positive solutions which will allow existing businesses to flourish and attract new business to the town – something which will also serve Pontefract well.

Pontefract has so much to offer and we will continue to support and celebrate its heritage and its businesses, even in these difficult times.


Deputy Leader of Wakefield Council and cabinet member for regeneration and economic growth