New year shut down for Wakefield Council

Joanne Roney
Joanne Roney

Wakefield Council services and facilities will be closed over New Year to cut costs.

All non-essential services will be closed until Monday, January 5.

Libraries and museums, including Wakefield One and County Hall, will also be closed.

Pontefract and Sandal castles will be closed on New Year’s Day.

The council’s waste recycling centres will also be closed on January 1 but will be open as normal on all other dates as normal.

Normal opening hours will resume at all services and facilities on Monday, January 5.

Joanne Roney, the council’s chief executive, said: “We have looked into how these facilities are used over these days and found the usage to be very low.

“So we have decided to close non-essential services again this year and save money on overheads like heating and lighting.

“We are dedicated to ensure essential services will be maintained for those who need them the most.

“We will protect vulnerable people, work to keep roads open in winter weather and collect household waste.”

Most council sports and leisure centres across the district will be closed on New year’s Day with normal opening hours resuming on Friday, January 2.

People should already have received details of household waste collections over the new year period.

There will be no collections on New Year’s Day and they will return to normal from Monday, January 5.

For more information and details of other council service opening hours over the new year period visit the Wakefield Council website at