£2m revamp will transform town’s estate

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A £2m scheme to revamp a Normanton housing estate got underway this week.

Wakefield and District Housing (WDH) is redeveloping the Smirthwaite estate as part of an environmental improvement scheme.

It includes new fencing, improved parking areas, communal bin stores, enclosed patio areas for ground-floor properties and a new play area.

The first phase of the works has now started on Hesletine Close with phase two scheduled to begin on the estate in later this year.

The entire project is expected to be completed within a year.

The plans went on show to the public at consultation events last week held at Smirthwaite Methodist Church.

Joanne Smith, WDH area manager said: “The feedback on our plans for the estate has been really positive.

“More than 40 residents have had their say on the proposals, and there’s elements we’ll be tweaking based on the suggestions that have been made.”

The works are being carried out by WDH and Groundwork Wakefield.

Carole Jarvis, 68, who lives on the estate, said: “The new design for the estate is fabulous, and if I didn’t live here now I’d definitely want to move here.

“At the moment you can walk in front of people’s doors on the ground floor but the proposals include fenced patio areas, which means they won’t be able to in the future. It’s great.”

For more information on the project and what the works involve, call Claire Specker, tenant involvement officer, on 01977 788384 or email csecker@wdh.co.uk

Tenants and residents can also continue to offer their views on the development by contacting Mrs Secker.