Car parking charges reintroduced by Wakefield Council
Wakefield Council is re-introducing charges in Council car parks and on street parking areas across the district on 6 July.
As restrictions from the pandemic begin to lift, with some businesses and shops starting to reopen, the Council is to lift its suspension of charges which have been in place since 25 March.
Pugneys, Newmillerdam and Anglers Country Parks will continue to remain free to park until September to enable families to enjoy these popular outdoor spaces.
Cllr Mathew Morley, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning and Highways, said: “Our priority as a Council has been and continues to be, to support residents to stay safe and to help local businesses through these challenging times.
“We are beginning to take our first steps out of lockdown and as our district enters the recover stage, we are seeing our city centre, towns and village high streets gradually reopening.
“As levels of traffic start to increase we need to ensure that we have both short term and all day parking available for customers, businesses and commuters.
“For this reason we are reintroducing charging from 6 July, to support footfall in our city and town centres and by ensuring that car parks and spaces are available to as many people as possible, for both long and short stays.
“Key workers with a Government issued parking permit will still be able to park for free.”
Cllr Maureen Cummings, Cabinet Member for Environment, Communities and Poverty, welcomed the decision to keep parking free at Pugneys, Newmillerdam and Anglers Country Parks until September.
Cllr Cummings said: “Our country parks are great places to visit and enable families to get outside, enjoy fresh air and exercise - which provides a boost to everyone’s health and wellbeing. We’re delighted to be able to continue our free parking offer at Pugneys, Newmillerdam and Anglers until September.”
The Government has provided NHS staff and some other essential workers with free parking permits. The Council will continue to support the initiative. It has updated a national website with all the Council’s parking locations, so these staff can find the most appropriate location to use.
The website www.nhs-freeparking.co.uk will enable NHS staff, health and social care workers and NHS volunteers (critical care workers) to find free parking locations quickly and easily.
The Council has provided information and guidance on its dedicated coronavirus information web page at bit.ly/CoronaWFD