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.
£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.Follow @csabian