Rivers community transformed by improvements

Published 22 June 2015

A £1.7m investment by WDH has given a community in Airedale a series of much-needed improvements.

The layout of the Rivers Estate made it confusing to navigate, so new signs were provided to make it more accessible for visitors and the emergency services.

Garages were renovated, block paving was laid, fencing was improved and measures were put in place to stop off-road motorbikes. Local children were involved in sculpting sessions which culminated in a sculpture being unveiled by Steve Rawson, WDH’s Managing Director – Operations, and Mike Dixon, Castleford Neighbourhood Panel Chair, at Humber Close.

A celebration at Swale Drive to mark the completion of the work included a cake, community activities and the offer of a sapling or shrub for residents to plant in their own garden. In total, more than 50 plants were given out.


Estate Manager James Sharpe said: “The efforts of the local community have made this celebration event really positive and extremely successful. We had a tour with the Neighbourhood Panel and a lady came out of her home and said ‘I want to thank WDH for listening to residents and transforming our estate’.

James added: “We really appreciate the support of local residents developing places where people feel proud to live.”


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