Budget cuts but not job cuts

NATIONAL Park managers say they will not be forced to cut jobs – despite losing nearly one quarter of their budget.

Peak District National Park Authority (PDNPA) is having to cut £1.8 million from its £7.8 million budget over the next four years.

Members of the authority have now agreed the first raft of cuts, which will save £386,000.

While there are no compulsory redundancies, the running costs of estates are being cut by £79,000 and the transport budget is being reduced by £40,000.

But managers says efficiency savings and increased income will allow them to make a one-off investment of £442,000 in other key areas of work. This will fund a rural business advisor for two years and allow increased management of 4X4s using off-road tracks.

Savings include:

£25,000 by reducing archaeological surveys and support provided to conservation area work;

£9,000 reduction in spending on tree work;

£56,000 by making efficiencies in the way farming and community grants are given out;

£35,000 package of efficiency savings across the board with some of those being off-set by generating extra income.

A further £134,000 is being spent to protect the park from off-road 4X4s and trail bikes.

In the face of adversity efficiency savings can be made so well done Peak Park.

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