‘Pugneys is still very much open for business’

Ralph Wolstenholme owns Pugneys Light Railway.

Ralph Wolstenholme owns Pugneys Light Railway.

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Miniature train driver Ralph Wolstenholme is urging people to visit Pugneys Country Park during the summer.

Mr Wolstenholme, owner of Pugneys Light Railway, says he has noticed a decrease in visitors since the Express reported in March that Wakefield Council could transfer the management of the country park to the private sector as part of a savings strategy.

Mr Wolstenhome said: “I know people think it is closed but it is not. Visitors thought it was a done deal and there’s has been a noticeable decline in footfall at the park.

“As a tenant, I’m sure I will be one of the first to be told by the council about any plans and I haven’t heard anything. I am in the process of signing a new five-year lease so the park is not going anywhere soon.

“Pugneys is a very beautiful place and has a lot to offer. It isn’t just a lake to walk around like some other country parks – we have a lot of activities for all the family and I urge people to come down and enjoy it.”

Coun Les Shaw, cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport, said: “We are still investigating the options for Pugneys and have made no decisions so far.

“Pugneys remains open for business and is a popular place for walking, cycling, water sports and a ride on the train, especially in this glorious weather.

“We’ve had no feedback which indicates people think the lake has closed, in fact it continues to be incredibly well-used.”

 

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