Wakefield Council continues to champion business and residents during coronavirus pandemic
The pandemic has hit
people hard, and ensuring the financial resilience and safety of our business
communities, residents and visitors has been and will remain a key priority for
impact on our high streets and local businesses is unprecedented. They are an
essential part of our community. Supporting our local shops and businesses also
means supporting our communities and our wider district.
Council has provided extensive support to businesses to help them survive
through the coronavirus pandemic, and will continue to help them recover and
thrive as restrictions continue to lift.
Council has provided advice and guidance to more than 1,400 businesses, and
5,567 business have received grant payments totalling £63.6m.
our towns and high streets have been reopening, we have focussed on helping
business interpret government guidance to ensure the safety of our residents
and workers. We have produced and delivered retail business packs to shops
across the district, and placed signage around the city and town centres
to ensure our shoppers feel safe so they can come back and support local
business. Our streets and public places have changed, and, in line with
government guidance, this means we may make changes to some of our roads in order
to deal differently with traffic and pedestrians.
Denise Jeffery, Leader of Wakefield Council, said: “The challenge for councils
is to balance the needs of residents and business and create places where both
can thrive. To ensure this may mean changes in line with government guidance
and our local knowledge. However under my leadership this council will remain a
listening council, we will try new things, and where you feel these have had an
unanticipated impact, we will to listen and work tirelessly to find the best
solutions for everyone. I encourage residents and businesses to always get in
touch with us. We need to work together.
is why I’ve also called on the support of local MPs to lobby the government for
additional investment to help. Now more than ever it’s essential that we
collectively focus on helping the district recover from the coronavirus
part of its clear commitment to business, the Council is offering ongoing
support, to help organisations large and small to get the information and
advice they need to navigate the pandemic. A new business pack for the
hospitality and service sector, due to be published on the Council website,
will help businesses which can reopen from 4 July. Free parking in the city and
town centres will remain in place until 6 July.
more information visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/stayingsafe and
for business support visit bit.ly/CoronaWFD
pandemic has hit people hard, and ensuring the financial resilience and safety
of our business communities, residents and visitors has been and will remain a
key priority for Wakefield council.