Free parking in the run up to Christmas

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Free parking will be on offer in December around the district to encourage more people to do their Christmas shopping locally.

The offer from Wakefield Council is for parking areas in Wakefield, Pontefract and Castleford, in December on Thursdays from 3pm, until Christmas.

Coun Matthew Morley, Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for transport and highways, said: “We want to encourage more people to do their Christmas shopping locally.

“That’s why we’re offering everyone free parking, again this year.

“We hope that this will give a boost to our local retailers and benefit residents and visitors.”

The council’s on-street parking spaces and its own car parks in Wakefield, Pontefract and Castleford, will be free after 3pm on December 7, then on December 14 and December 21.

Signs will be displayed on, or next to, parking payment machines to publicise the dates for free parking.

The free parking offer does not include privately-run car parks or Merchant Gate multi-storey car park.