Wakefield Council continues to champion business and residents during coronavirus pandemic

26/06/2020, PR-9448

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 Wakefield council

Cllr Denise Jeffery
Cllr Denise Jeffery

The 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.

 

Wakefield 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.

 

The Council has provided advice and guidance to more than 1,400 businesses, and 5,567 business have received grant payments totalling £63.6m.

 

As 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.

 

Cllr 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.

 

“This 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 pandemic.”

 

As 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.

 

For more information visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/stayingsafe  and for business support visit  bit.ly/CoronaWFD

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 Wakefield council.