End to free parking at country park?

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FREE parking at Pugneys Country Park could be scrapped to help raise £190,000 for Wakefield Council.

The council’s cabinet committee is due to review charges at the popular destination on Tuesday.

At the moment visitors can park free for the first hour, then pay 50p for every hour after that through a barrier system.

The council is proposing to introduce a Pay and Display machine, with charges of 30p for one hour, 60p for up to two hours, £2 for up to four hours and £3 for all day.

Coun Denise Jeffery, responsible for regeneration and economic growth, said: “There have been issues with the current parking scheme at Pugneys which we clearly needed to address.

“We know many people enjoy using Pugneys regularly to exercise, walk their dogs and socialise with friends, with some visiting every day.

“We hope these proposed charges now reflect how people use the park, as well as being a fair charging system which contributes to the council’s very difficult financial situation.”

The council brought in new charges in 2009, but after a campaign by the Express, the local authority decided to keep free parking for the first hour.

In a report prepared for councillors it says the country park attracts 222,000 cars per year and the charges could bring in an extra £190,000 a year as one of the council’s sport, leisure and cultural facilities being reviewed.