Wakefield country park jobs to be axed and car park charges set to increase

Coun Denise Jeffery
Coun Denise Jeffery
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EIGHT jobs are set to be axed at Pugneys in Wakefield after council chiefs voted to cut the country park’s funding by £230,000 a year.

The council, which is facing £185m in cuts to its budget by 2020, will also increase parking charges at the park, which currently employs 24 people.

It currently costs 30p to park for up to one hour at Pugneys, 60p for up to two hours, £2 for up to four hours and £4 for more than four hours.

A report to yesterday’s meeting of the council’s cabinet committee states the new charges could be between 80p and £1 for up to one hour, £2.50 for up to four hours and £4 for more than four hours.

Wakefield Council’s cabinet voted to impose cost-cutting measures, then encourage businesses to invest in Pugneys to encourage more people to use the park.

Coun Denise Jeffery, deputy council leader, said: “I would say that Pugneys is a jewel in the crown for Wakefield. I do think we could bring in some commercialism to move it forward.”

Coun Les Shaw, cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport, said: “The first phase is to bring the park back in order and save £230,000 of subsidy.”

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