Thursday , October 21 2021

North York Moors National Park cuts "not to spell fate and depression"


The body entrusted with the management of one of the first national parks in the country is making efforts to preserve and promote its unique qualities than ever before, despite the urgent budgetary pressures.

The chairman of the North York Moors National Park Management Board, Jim Bailey, said that when it was necessary to make a saving of £ 193,000 for the upcoming budget and another £ 358,000 deficit over the next two budget years, prospects for an area of ​​554 square miles they were far from bleak.

The Finance Committee in the government is considering paying back funding for a range of protection programs, apprentices and tourism, as the 1.7 percent yearly increase in government subsidies will not cover the 2.7% increase in government pay.

The officers' report to the committee said that the lion's share of the proposed reductions will be included in its discretionary subsidy budgets, while the largest one-off fall will be in the journeyman's budget, reflecting the expectation of more external financing.

The report reads: "While the increase in subsidies from DEFRA was very welcome, it should be noted that inflation has risen above the level of subsidies, which results in real cutting conditions in financing, which increases the pressure on the Office's finances."

Mr Bailey said he feels that the authority that works to protect and strengthen the natural and cultural heritage of the area and to promote understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of the national park had to face "oppression over the next few years".

He said: "It is not as desperate as it might seem at first glance when you look at some cuts.

"Many of the works we undertake will be included in the Heritage Lottery Fund's offers."

Mr. Bailey said that power remained "totally committed" to working with local residents to improve the landscapes of the national park.

He added: "The real picture is the North York Moors doing more work on the ground than ever."

His attitude is a clear opposite of the comments he published three years ago and partly reflects the success of power in attracting external funding for various programs.

In 2015, Mr Bailey said he was worried about the worst if ten British national parks were affected by larger subsidy cuts, which led to the North Yorkshire authorities cutting staff and services for several years.

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