Free two-hour parking at car parks owned by Wakefield Council will no longer be available from 3 April.

Wakefield Council said the decision has been made because of the financial pressures we face. The Council needs to find savings of £24.7 million in the next 12 months.

Providing free two-hour parking would cost £1.8m to continue. A spokesperson for Wakefield Council said reintroducing these charges will contribute towards delivering services that improve places, protect the environment, and take care of vulnerable adults, children, and families.

The Council started offering free parking in October 2020, to help the district recover from the Covid-19 lockdown by encouraging people to go out and give local businesses a boost.

Charges for parking in the district have not increased since 2016.