Two hours free parking for Wakefield residents extended until March 2022 - this is where and when it applies

People in Wakefield and the Five Towns will be able to take advantage of up to two hours of free parking until the end of March 2022.

Wednesday, 10th March 2021, 4:45 pm

A free parking scheme was first launched across the district at the start of the first national lockdown in March 2020, and has since been extended on a number of occasions.

Following a public consultation, Wakefield Council has now agreed to extend the scheme until March 31, 2022.

It means that people will be able to park for free for up to two hours at certain council car parks across the district.

The current rules offer free parking at all Council car parks, country parks and on-street parking until the end of March 2021. Under the extended scheme, people will be able to take advantage of up to two hours of free parking at country parks and council car parks until the end of March 2022.

​Councillor Matthew Morley, Wakefield Council's Cabinet Member for Planning and Highways, said: "We had really positive feedback from our residents and local business during the public consultation and so I'm delighted that we have been able to offer two hours free parking across the district for the next year.

"I think it will help give local businesses a real boost to recover from the impact of Covid-19 and it will also support people's physical and mental wellbeing, by encouraging people to continue their enjoyment of our fantastic country parks, particularly as lockdown starts to ease."

The current rules offer free parking at all Council car parks, country parks and on-street parking until the end of March 2021.

Under the extended scheme, people will be able to take advantage of up to two hours of free parking at country parks and council car parks until the end of March 2022.

A council scheme offering two hours of free parking in certain car parks across Wakefield and the Five Towns has been extended for another 12 months

However, on-street parking and long-stay parking will revert back to previous charges.

It is hoped the two hours free parking will provide ongoing support for residents and businesses with the district's economic recovery from Covid-19.