Council Christmas Closedown

​Date: 10/12/2014

We are focusing on providing essential services for people who need them most between Christmas and New Year.

Non-essential services will be closed from 5pm Wednesday 24 December to Monday January 5.

Wakefield Council's Chief Executive Joanne Roney said: "We have looked into how these facilities are used over these days and found the usage to be very low. So we have decided to close non-essential services again this year and save money on overheads like heating and lighting.

"We are dedicated to ensure essential services will be maintained for those who need them the most. We will protect vulnerable people, work to keep roads open in winter weather and collect household waste."

Essential support services will be provided between Christmas and New Year including home care, children social work and residential care. Homeless and hostel services will remain open as well as the Council's Contact Centre.

Facilities which will be closed between Christmas and New Year, in addition to normal school closures, are most Council buildings, including libraries and museums, Wakefield One and County Hall.

All markets will be open on normal market days throughout the Christmas and New Year period, excluding the bank holidays on 25, 26 December and 1 January 2014. Castleford Market will have extended opening times on Wednesday 3, 10, and 17 December until 3pm (usually closes at 1pm), and the market hall will also be open from 6am-4pm on 24 December. In Pontefract and Wakefield the markets will be open on an additional day on 21 December from 10am to 4pm, Pontefract market will also be opened on 23 December from 9am to 4pm whilst Wakefield will operate from 9am to 2pm on the same date. Normanton market will be open as per normal on 24 December whilst Ossett and South Elmsall Markets will be open from 9am-2pm.

The district's castles will be closed 25 – 26 December and 29 December - 2 January. They will be open on 27 and 28 December with normal opening hours resuming 3 January.

Wakefield Library and Museum will be open on 24 December, 9am - 4pm; it will then be closed until January 5, when normal opening hours apply. The Customer Access Point at Wakefield One will be open as normal on December 24, 8.30am – 5pm. It will then close over the Christmas break and reopen as normal on January 5.

Wakefield County Hall and Wakefield One will be closed from 25 December to 5 January, opening as normal on 5 January.

Most Council sports and leisure centres are open over the festive period, excluding bank holidays. Pugneys Country Park will close at 4pm on December 24 and will also be closed on December 25 as will Wakefield Golf Course and Sun Lane Leisure which will also be closed on December 26. Please check the council website as other opening times may vary.

Letters highlighting the collection dates for household waste is being delivered to households throughout this week. Household Waste Recycling Centres will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day. The centres will operate a normal service on all other days over the holiday period.

Over the Christmas and New Year period there will be some changes to opening times for the Visitors Centre, Licensing, Registrars and Bereavement Services. Please check the website for full details.

The public will be able to contact the Council throughout the holiday period on 0345 8 506 506 or Social Care Direct on 0345 8 503 503.

For more information or specific opening times please go to the Wakefield Council website at