Castle's cash injection is approved by councillors

Pontefract CastlePontefract Castle
Pontefract Castle
A fresh injection of £362,000 to help complete work on Pontefract Castle has been approved by Wakefield Council's cabinet.

The money is needed after a series of delays caused by additional archaeological discoveries, contractor problems and the weather.

The majority of the £3.6 million funding for the Key to the North programme has come from Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic England, with an initial £250,000 subsidy from the council. But in order for the basic work to be completed by next year, the council said it needed to put in the additional £362,000.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

Included in that, the car park to the 11th century castle will also be extended to cope with demand.

Cabinet member for culture at Wakefield Council, Coun Jacquie Speight said: “The work has so far attracted an increased attendance to the castle, which has highlighted the issue of parking.”