Important update on Wakefield Council services

24/03/2020, PR-9351

Important closure information

In light of the Prime Minister’s announcement on new restrictions, Wakefield Council will be closing further venues and stopping some more services to help support the national effort to manage the spread of the coronavirus.

The following changes start with immediate effect and will remain in place until further notice: 

  • All play grounds to be closed
  • Garden waste collections will cease
  • Bulky waste collections will cease
  • All Household Waste Recycling Centres will close
Cllr Denise Jeffery
Cllr Denise Jeffery

The Leader of Wakefield Council, Cllr Denise Jeffery, said: “Wakefield Council fully supports the instructions given last night by the Prime Minister to the nation. We all have to do more to slow the spread of the disease and to reduce pressure on the NHS. We must act now to save lives. I urge all residents to do everything you can to stay at home and stay safe.”

Andrew Balchin
Andrew Balchin

Andrew Balchin, the Acting Chief Executive explained: “The decision to close places and stop certain services will enable us to prioritise our resources but importantly will reduce social contact across the district. It will also enable us to keep a strong focus on supporting the most vulnerable people in our district and helping the NHS.

 “We fully appreciate that it may also cause some difficulties which we will do our best to manage and support you through, but ask that you do everything you can to stay at home and follow the restrictions laid out by the Government.

 “Where we can’t physically close places like play grounds in some of our parks we ask that you act responsibly and do not use them.”

 As a reminder, the following measures have already been implemented:

  • The closure of all leisure venues, libraries, museums and castles
  • All café facilities at Country Parks are closed
  • The Customer Access Point at Wakefield One is closed, along with County Hall in Wakefield
  • All council meetings are cancelled, with alternative arrangements for decision making being put in place
  • Council-run children’s centres are closed (Oakhill, Havercroft, Butterflies, Pomfret, Kendal Drive, Cedars,  Castle, Sunbeam, Stanley)

 Andrew Balchin added: “It is extremely likely that we will be continuing to announce further changes in the coming days. We are constantly reviewing all our operations and will do our very best to keep everyone updated as soon as possible.”

 “Information on all changes to services or closures can we found at www.wakefield.gov.uk. Please try and check the website first. However if you do need to contact Wakefield Council you can still get in touch on 0345 8 506 506. Lines are likely to be busy so please bear with us. We will help you as soon as we can.”

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