Wakefield City Centre green space to open

Castrop-Rauxel Square
Castrop-Rauxel Square

A CITY centre square has reopened to the public after being surrounded by roadworks for nearly 10 months.

Castrop-Rauxel Square, which contains a statue of Queen Victoria, was redesigned as part of the North Wakefield Gateway scheme.

And the green space, called Coronation Gardens, on the opposite side of Rishworth Street, has been extended and reopened.

New benches were being fitted this week at the gardens, where the city’s war memorial currently stands.

Deputy leader Coun Denise Jeffery said: “The scheme has given us the opportunity to create a wonderful, big public space around County Hall, dramatically changing the setting of this listed building.

“The improvements to the square and gardens will really enhance the city centre.”

Castrop-Rauxel Square shares its name with a town in Germany, which has been ‘twinned’ with Wakefield since 1949, when there was a national drive to rebuild relationships between the countries following the Second World War.

The public space will be opened officially in September.