Ossett’s £1m precinct transformation complete

Ossett precinct. (W532G412)
Ossett precinct. (W532G412)

A £1m project to transform Ossett’s precinct has been completed – almost two years after it was started.

In 2008 Wakefield Council awarded just over £1m to fund the work.

The work began in 2012 with environmental and road safety improvements to the precinct area at the side of Ossett Town Hall.

And now the precinct has a pedestrian crossing at the junction where Town End, Prospect Road and Towngate meet.

Coun Denise Jeffery, cabinet member for regeneration and economic growth, said:

“The new look precinct compliments and improves the area for local businesses, traders and residents and I hope it will encourage more people to come to Ossett.”

Other improvements include the creation of green spaces and renovation works from Dale Street, along the side of the Town Hall and on to Prospect Road.

Mark Ellerker, Ossett business owner, said: “It’s encouraging that any capital investment has been made in the town centre. The finished work looks smart and tidy. However I feel it is a wasted opportunity to lift the amenity value of the centre.

“The large stone crest in the floor outside the post office is a waste of money. When I asked for sheltered seating and improved signage for visitors and shoppers I was told there wasn’t enough money in the budget.”