Plan to improve Portobello estate

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A SCHOOLGIRL won the chance to name a street in Portobello as a programme of environmental improvements in the estate got underway.

Isabelle Brooke’s ‘Waterbrooke Close’ was chosen as the name of a street running through Wakefield and District Housing’s (WDH) new Woodville Court development.

Isabelle Brooke has named a street in Portobello after winning a WDH competition

Isabelle Brooke has named a street in Portobello after winning a WDH competition

The Sandal Endowed Primary School pupil said she felt “proud” to see her new street sign.

Isabelle, 10, said: “I wanted to call it Isabelle Street after me, but didn’t think that would win. But then I thought my surname is Brooke and because a brook is a stream with water, I thought ‘Waterbrooke’ sounded nice so I went for that.

“I’m thrilled to win and be part of something so beautiful.”

A range of improvements to shop fronts and green spaces in the Portobello area are underway following an agreement between WDH and environmental organisation Groundwork.

New paths, landscaping and seating will be installed at the front of shops on Duke of York Avenue by the end of December under the Four Shops Portobello project.

And early next year, Clifford Avenue will have footpaths widened and be fitted with new boundary fencing, walls and gates and road safety improvements.

Residents were consulted on the plans at drop-in sessions held by Groundwork at the Rainbow Cafe, on Duke of York Avenue.

People were invited to have their say on designs for estate improvements before the final plan was signed off.

Rachel Willoughby, area manager for WDH, said “We are delighted to be starting this latest phase of improvements to the environment and I am grateful to all residents who have been to our consultation events or given their views and opinions in other ways to influence what is taking place.”