CAR PARKS TO CLOSE AT ALL DISTRICT'S PARKS AND COUNTRY PARKS IN BID TO REDUCE UNNECESSARY TRAVEL

01/04/2020, PR-9365

Wakefield Council will close all the car parks at its parks and country parks across the district in a bid to reduce the number of people making unnecessary car journeys.

Important closure information

The Government advises that people stay local and use open spaces near to their home when exercising, and to not travel unnecessarily. Unfortunately, a significant number of people have continued to visit the district’s parks in cars. Wakefield Council and West Yorkshire Police have been closely monitoring the situation for several days, giving out advice and guidance. However, this has not sufficiently reduced the visitors coming in vehicles so the car parks will be closed to help reinforce the Government’s measures. The closures will be in place from tomorrow (Thursday 2 April) until further notice.

Andrew Balchin
Andrew Balchin

Wakefield Council's Acting Chief Executive, Andrew Balchin, said: "Based on the Government's measures and advice from West Yorkshire Police, people should not be travelling by car to parks. To help discourage people from doing this, the car parks will be shut at the end of today.

"It is essential that we all follow the Government measures, and seize this opportunity to help save lives. We ask everyone for their support to adhere to the car park closures.

"The park sites will remain open so people can still access on foot but we urge everyone to still maintain the social distancing we all need to follow. Please don't put yourselves and others at risk. Social distancing will save lives."

 

The Government has been really clear that people must stay at home. People should only leave the house for very limited purposes, shopping for basic necessities, any medical need, one form of exercise a day - alone or with members of their household and should only be travelling for work purposes. When people leave the house for these reasons they must be two metres apart from anyone outside their household.

People can find details of local walks on the Wakefield Council website at www.wakefield.gov.uk/sport-health-and-leisure/sport-and-activities/walking to help avoid the need to travel to parks.