Still chance to have say

THERE is still time for people, community groups and organisations with an interest in the North York Moors National Park to have their say on future priorities for the area.

To date, the National Park Authority has received over 1,000 responses to its consultation but there is still two weeks to go for those yet to give their opinion.

The consultation closes on Friday 18 March.

The National Park Authority is reviewing the services it provides in light of a reduction in its grant by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Its annual grant will be reduced by 21.5% over the next four years falling from £5.1 million for 2011/12 to £4.3million by 2014/15.

Andy Wilson, the National Park Authority’s chief executive, said: “I’d like to thank all those who have taken the time to let us know which services they feel we should continue to invest in.

“All the comments received will be taken into account and will help the Authority to draw up a revised budget and business plan for 2012 onwards. It’s important that we hear from a wide range of people – those who live in the North York Moors, those who visit the area for recreation, young, old and everyone in between!”

The consultation can be found online at www.northyorkmoors.org.uk or can be obtained by calling 01439 770657.

A report to the National Park Authority’s in September 2011 will outline any changes to services as a result of the spending cuts.