The Gables at City Fields
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Perfectly situated for the amenities and attractions of Wakefield, The Gables, which forms part of the wider City Fields neighbourhood, has easy access to the M1 and M62 and is well within commuting range of Leeds. There are bus services into the city centre and Wakefield benefits from good rail links. Of the two railway stations, Westgate is on the Leeds to London route, with journey times of less than 15 minutes to Leeds and two hours to London Kings Cross, while Kirkgate serves stations to Sheffield and Nottingham.
The city of Wakefield presents a superb choice of cultural and leisure attractions set against a background of fascinating architecture and heritage, including the magnificent Wakefield Cathedral and Sandal Castle. In addition to visual arts at The Hepworth, Yorkshire Sculpture Park and several smaller galleries, the Theatre Royal presents an eclectic programme of drama and music, and the new Unity Works is a vibrant venue for social gatherings and live music. There is an excellent choice of cinemas, bars, restaurants and nightlife, including soul nights at the celebrated Red Bar.
Wakefield’s sporting and leisure provision include the superb Pugneys Watersports Centre and Country Park on the southern edge of the city, where there are facilities for sailing, windsurfing and canoeing, and the choice of leisure centres in the area includes Sun Lane Leisure, where there is a 25m swimming pool, a fitness suite and a gym. Other amenities nearby include Normanton Golf Club, around a mile to the north, and Pontefract Racecourse is less than ten miles away.
The City Fields proposals include a neighbourhood centre within a short walk of the homes, with a range of shops including food retailers, restaurants, a medical centre and other services. There is also a small local shopping area on Windhill Road with a pharmacist, a post office and a convenience store, while the city centre offers a very wide choice of high street chains, malls and traditional shops. A major recycling centre on Denby Dale Road, three and a half miles away, accepts virtually all household packaging, electrical items and clothing.
An area within the wider City Fields neighbourhood, close to Wakefield City Academy, has been set aside for educational provision. However, there is also a choice of established primary schools within walking distance, from where pupils normally move on to either Outwood Grange Academy or St Thomas à Becket RC College for secondary education. There is a large fulltime GP practice at New Southgate Surgery, approximately a mile and a half away, and Pinderfields General Hospital, around half a mile from The Gables, operates a round-the- clock A&E department.