WAKEFIELD BID has welcomed today’s announcement by Wakefield Council that car parking in the city centre on Sundays and in the evenings is to remain free of charge.
The Business Improvement District (BID) was pro-actively involved in lobbying the Council after levy payers raised concerns that charging for parking at these times would hit business. The BID also encouraged as many levy payers and consumers as possible to take part in the Council’s extensive consultation process to prevent the charges being implemented.
BID manager, Elizabeth Murphy met with the lead for business growth at Wakefield Council, Coun Denise Jeffery, who listened to the concerns and promised to feed them back to decision makers.
Today’s decision not to start charging for parking in the evenings and on Sundays was welcomed by Elizabeth Murphy.
She said: “Wakefield city centre has a vibrant evening economy and local business was understandably concerned that introducing parking charging would adversely impact those theatre goers, diners, late night or Sunday shoppers and art lovers coming in when professionals leave their offices.
“We are delighted that Wakefield Council has listened to the needs of the businesses we represent and has decided against introducing the proposed parking charges. Wakefield evening economy attracts visitors from far and wide and we look forward to that continuing.”
Coun Jeffery said that the BID had raised some valid points on behalf of levy payers which helped shape the Council’s decision.
“Wakefield Council wants to support city centre businesses which form the backbone of the local economy. Partnership working with the BID in this way helps inform our decisions and shape future planning.
“This demonstrates that the BID consulted widely and that Wakefield Council listened.”