‘We need to do more with less’ says New Forest National Park chief

Daily Echo: Alison Barnes NPA chief executive Alison Barnes NPA chief executive

THE organisation that runs the New Forest National Park is getting set for another round of budget cuts following last month’s spending review.

The National Park Authority (NPA) comes under the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), which has been told to slash its expenditure by almost 30 per cent.

NPA members are waiting to learn how much the authority will receive in the next financial year, which begins in April.

As reported in the Daily Echo, the NPA has already had its budget cut by five per cent, resulting in a grant of only £4m for the current financial year.

Speaking at a meeting of the authority the new chief executive, Alison Barnes, said staff were entering “difficult” financial territory.

She added: “We are shuddering our way towards clarity. We won’t know for several weeks what our settlement will be.

“The team is working hard to identify savings and how we can do more with less. We need to keep delivering for the Forest, despite the cuts we’re going to face.”

Ms Barnes’s statement follows her earlier warning that jobs at the NPA could be at risk as a result of the Government’s spending axe.

Defra will have to make cuts of 29 per cent in real terms by 2014-2015 – the equivalent of eight per cent a year.

NPA chairman Julian Johnson has already warned of “tough choices” ahead.

Speaking after the spending review he said: “We’re working up ways of dealing with the cuts – looking at our costs and how we can do things better or differently.”

The latest NPA meeting was held at the Fountain Court Hotel in Hythe, one of several venues used by the organisation when it meets in public.

The organisation is planning to leave its temporary headquarters at South Efford House, near Lymington, and move into the town hall, which it will share with the district council.

In the future meetings are likely to be held in the council chamber to save the expense of hiring conference rooms in hotels.

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7:27am Wed 3 Nov 10

Ferngully says...

To save money the NPA should get rid of their gutless dead wood executives.
To save money the NPA should get rid of their gutless dead wood executives. Ferngully
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8:01am Wed 3 Nov 10

derek james says...

more worrying is the governments proposal to sell off public woodlands to the private sector, presumably this could make some parts of the nf off limits to the public
more worrying is the governments proposal to sell off public woodlands to the private sector, presumably this could make some parts of the nf off limits to the public derek james
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8:26am Wed 3 Nov 10

Day Dreamer says...

The previous Govt wasted 26bn on Computer Technology and by all accounts the new coalition is still wasting money on IT.!!!!
But hey why not pull the plug on National Park funding. Why do we let this people run our country.
The previous Govt wasted 26bn on Computer Technology and by all accounts the new coalition is still wasting money on IT.!!!! But hey why not pull the plug on National Park funding. Why do we let this people run our country. Day Dreamer
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10:27am Wed 3 Nov 10

Shoong says...

Day Dreamer wrote:
The previous Govt wasted 26bn on Computer Technology and by all accounts the new coalition is still wasting money on IT.!!!!
But hey why not pull the plug on National Park funding. Why do we let this people run our country.
Assuming you voted, what did you go for? The 26bn wasters or the new bunch of wasters.

People first - national parks second I'm afraid.
[quote][p][bold]Day Dreamer[/bold] wrote: The previous Govt wasted 26bn on Computer Technology and by all accounts the new coalition is still wasting money on IT.!!!! But hey why not pull the plug on National Park funding. Why do we let this people run our country.[/p][/quote]Assuming you voted, what did you go for? The 26bn wasters or the new bunch of wasters. People first - national parks second I'm afraid. Shoong
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12:34pm Wed 3 Nov 10

seven777 says...

as if anyone cares about folks who wanted to ban dogs,horses,cars,wal
kers
and most importantly change the lives of peoples who have lived and worked in forest for generations. if it saves money get rid of NPA, the forest has been a wonderfull place to go for many
years before these clowns got to run it.
as if anyone cares about folks who wanted to ban dogs,horses,cars,wal kers and most importantly change the lives of peoples who have lived and worked in forest for generations. if it saves money get rid of NPA, the forest has been a wonderfull place to go for many years before these clowns got to run it. seven777
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