Changes to Council services over Christmas
Wakefield Council is focusing on
providing essential services to those who need them the most over Christmas and
All non-essential services will be closed from 5pm on Friday 21 December and will re-open on Wednesday 2 January. The main council buildings, Wakefield One, County Hall and the Town Hall will be closed during this time. The Licensing department will also close.
Plans are also in place to ensure the roads are gritted and kept clear, should the wintry weather take a turn for the worse, and staff are on standby in the event of an emergency.
Merran McRae, Chief Executive of
Wakefield Council said: “As part of our continued drive to reduce costs, we are
focusing on providing essential services for people who need them most between
Christmas and New Year.
“Our staff will be working throughout
the holiday to ensure our residents, who need care at home, in residential care
or children’s social work are supported over the holiday season.
“Our other priorities are to keep the
roads open in wintry weather and collect household waste. We will also have
staff on standby in the event of any emergencies or severe weather.”
Bin collections will run as usual over
the festive period, except for those who have collections which fall on
Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day. Letters and calendars have been
distributed to all households with collection dates during these this time.
anyone is expecting a collection during these days the advice is to double-check
their bin calendar, or have a look on the Where I Live page.
Household Waste Recycling Centres are
open as normal over the festive period, except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day
and New Year's Day, when they will be closed.
“We know that many of our services
are hardly used during this time which is why we are closing or reducing
opening times for many of our little used services. By shutting most council
buildings we can save money on costs such has lighting and heating” added Mrs
The last day of opening for all of the
Council’s libraries and museums will be Saturday 22 December. This
includes Wakefield Library at Wakefield One.
The Registration Service will be open as
usual. They are closed on Sundays and Bank Holidays but on those days there is
an on-call team available between 9am-10am for emergency burials.
Wakefield and Pontefract Crematoria will
be open, except on Bank Holidays. The grounds and Chapel of Remembrance will
stay open throughout the holiday.
Bereavement services will be open as
normal, except for Christmas Eve when they close at 3.00pm and the Bank
Holidays when they will also be closed.
Sports, leisure and museums are also
Pontefract Swimming Pool, Featherstone
Sports Complex, Normanton and Thornes Park leisure centres will all close from
Christmas Eve until 2 January.
Sun Lane and Minsthorpe leisure centres
will have limited opening throughout the holiday season and apart from
Christmas Day, Wakefield golf course will be open.
The Pugneys visitor centre and café will
only close on Bank Holidays but the car park will remain open throughout the
holiday, 7.30am to 7pm.
Pontefract Castle will shut at 4.30pm on
Sunday 23 December.
The Sandal Castle site is unaffected
with the car park available each day from 9am to 5.30pm.
All markets will open on normal market
days excluding the Bank Holidays. Timings will vary. Additionally Castleford
Market Hall and outdoor market along with Pontefract Market Hall will have an
extra day of opening on Sunday 23 December between 10am and 4pm.
The public will be able to ring the
Council throughout the holiday period on the general number 0345 8506 506 or
for Social Care Direct it’s 0345 8 503 503.
opening and closing times for services and facilities during the festive
holiday can be found at www.wakefield.gov.uk/xmastimes
The Council will be fully open from
Wednesday 2 January 2019.