Council Christmas closedown

​Date: 8/12/2016
Ref: PR 8426

Wakefield Council is focusing on providing essential services for people who need them most between Christmas and New Year.

Non-essential services will be closed from 5pm on Friday 23 December and reopen on Tuesday 3 January.

Joanne Roney OBE, Wakefield Council's Chief Executive, said: "We have decided to close non-essential services over the festive period again this year. We have found that some facilities are used very little over this time, so by closing them we are able to make savings on overheads, such as heating and lighting.

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

Ms Roney added, "It is important that we keep essential services running and these will be open for those who need them. We will protect vulnerable people, work to keep roads open in winter weather and collect household waste.

"As in previous years, we will have staff on standby in the event of any emergencies or severe weather. Last year, our staff were able to act quickly to respond to the boxing day floods to support residents and businesses."

In addition to normal school closures, most Council buildings will be closed between Christmas and New Year, including Wakefield One and County Hall. Wakefield Town Hall will be open for the Registrars service only from Wednesday 28 December to Saturday 31 December. Normal opening hours resume on Tuesday 3 January.

All of the Council's libraries and museums will open on their normal Saturday hours on 24 December and will then close, reopening as usual from Tuesday 3 January. Pontefract Museum will also be open on Saturday 31 December.

All markets will be open on normal market days throughout the Christmas and New Year period, excluding the bank holidays on 25, 26 and 27 December and 1 and 2 January 2017. Opening times will vary, please check the Council's website.

Sandal Castle will remain open although the Visitor Centre will remain closed. Pontefract Castle will close at 4.30 pm on Saturday 24 December and reopen again on Saturday 31 December. It will be closed on New Year's Day with normal opening hours resuming 2 January.

Sports and leisure facilities at Castleford, Knottingley, Normanton, Pontefract and Thornes Park will be closed from Saturday 24 December and reopen on Tuesday 3 January. Pugneys car park will be open every day but Pugneys Centre will be closed on bank holidays. Sun Lane Leisure, Featherstone Leisure Centre and Wakefield Golf Course will be open on some days during the Christmas period, please check the Council's website for dates and times.

Letters and calendars have been distributed to all households with collect dates for household waste. 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 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 www.wakefield.gov.uk/xmastimes

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