Wakefield Council puts extra security staff at parks to stop overcrowding

Wakefield Council has deployed extra security staff to turn people away from work at the main, larger parks at the weekends if they become overcrowded.

Friday, 22nd January 2021, 11:32 am
Updated Friday, 22nd January 2021, 11:34 am
Pugneys Country Park

Many of the district’s country parks have become overcrowded since people have been travelling to them to exercise. Overcapacity increases the transmission risk of Covid-19, as well as causing obstructions for residents living in neighbouring housing estates.

The council reminds residents that they must stay within their village, town or the part of the city where they live. This means they should not travel by car or public transport from one area of the district to another to exercise.

The council said residents can reduce the spread of Covid-19 by staying at home, respecting the regulations and isolating when required.

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Coun Jack Hemingway, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Green Spaces, said: “We have arranged for Council staff to work at our main country parks to make sure that they do not become over busy. In recent months, many residents have been travelling to the parks to exercise. Visiting busy spaces can seriously increase the risk of Covid-19 transmission, so we must take the necessary steps to minimise this.

“Residents must stay local to where they live. There are many fantastic walking routes across the district, which will not require residents to travel to them by car. Let us work together to stay safe and protect one another during this national lockdown.”

Residents can take a look at walking routes close to them, by visiting the Council's website: www.wakefield.gov.uk/sport-health-and-leisure/sport-and-activities/walking