Cuts proposed at country park could see jobs axed and parking charges soar

Pugneys Country Park, Wakefield.
Pugneys Country Park, Wakefield.
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Jobs could be cut at a popular country park in Wakefield and car parking charges could more than triple as council chiefs seek to slash costs.

Wakefield Council has announced a range of planned changes at Pugneys Country park at Durkar in a bid to save £230,000 a year.

Proposals include cutting numbers of staff working at the park from 24 to 16.

And parking charges of 30p an hour could rise to £1 an hour. Water sports between November and March could be cut and summer opening hours reduced.

Wakefield Council is also seeking to commercialise the park to encourage businesses and community groups to invest and develop the site. The proposals will be discussed at a meeting of Wakefield Council’s cabinet committee on Tuesday, November 11.

Coun Les Shaw of Wakefield Council said the changes could be introduced by the summer of 2015, adding: “The charging increases are necessary to bring it in line with other attractions in the area.”

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