Top results for park’s campaign

Years of campaigning have finally paid off for community leaders in their quest to transform facilities and security at Pontefract Park.

Residents have been calling for CCTV, more parking and the re-opening of the vandal-hit public toilets at the Park Road site for a number of years.

But thanks to members of the Pontefract Park Steering Group, all those requests and more have been granted in the last 18 months.

Jack Kershaw, chairman of the Friends of Pontefract Park Group, said the future of the 110-acre site is bright.

He said: “ We are getting a lot of comments from park users who say then can see the improvement already.

“We’re making improvements and there’s more to come, such as long term projects for a cafe, which I’m very optimistic about.”

The steering group formed a year ago and is made up of representatives from Pontefract Racecourse, the Friends group, ward representatives and officers from the council.

It most recently commissioned new signs at the park’s entrance, which were provided by Groundwork Wakefield.

Mr Kershaw added: “The new signs are good, as they’re bringing the public’s attention to the park.”

The group has also overseen a number of other projects this year, including the installation of new fencing, CCTV, and 100 parking bays, the reopening of the toilets and the planting of 8,000 daffodil bulbs with help from pupils at St Giles’ school.

Coun Maureen Cummings, cabinet member for environment and communities, said: “By working together this steering group has been able to transform the park and ensure it is fit for purpose.”

The steering group will meet next on January 29 at 6.30pm at NEW College in Pontefract.

Anyone with ideas of how to improve the park further is urged to call Mr Kershaw on 01977 707603.