24 October 2014

In March 2009, 185 workers stopped work on the development being run by Shepherd Construction, which said it was still committed to completing the scheme despite the problems. In February 2009 it was revealed that Wakefield Council had agreed to help bail out the privately funded project, which had a shortfall of at least £7m, with up to £3.5m from its capital budget to help save 1,500 jobs.

Wakefield Council corporate director for regeneration Andy Wallhead said: "Though the council

"We will reserve this position until the outcome of our continuing talks on funding arrangements. The global economic climate is clearly having a huge impact on regeneration schemes around the country.

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