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Chance to give your views on Losehill Hall

This is an archived press release

Monday 29 November 2010

29 November 2010

Chance to give your views on Losehill Hall

People have chance to speak about the future of Losehill Hall at a meeting of the full Peak District National Park Authority on Friday December 17 (rescheduled from .3 December)

Anyone with an interest in the future of the national park’s environmental learning and conference centre at Castleton can register to speak by Thursday December 2 at 12noon.

The Authority wants to hear people’s views before it goes into private session to consider confidential business tenders from four organisations.

All are charitable organisations with varying focuses on young people and environmental education.

People have already expressed their views through a range of opportunities - an online questionnaire attracted more than 300 responses, a drop-in session was attended by more than 30 people and 85 e-mails and letters have been received.

Many also spoke at an Authority meeting in September, when it took the decision to discontinue its current services at Losehill Hall by the end of March 2011, to focus a reduced national park learning team on target audiences of young people, and seek partners or purchasers for it.

With Government budget cuts forecast at 20-30 per cent, the Authority is faced with finding savings of £1-£1.9m over four years. Closure of Losehill Hall, which it has run for 40 years, could save the Authority an estimated £250,000 a year in running costs.

Losehill Hall has 28 full-time equivalent posts (41 individuals) and 45 casual workers.

People must register to speak (for a maximum of three minutes) by Thursday Dec 2 at 12noon by contacting Democratic Services on 01629 816200, ext 362/382 or email democraticservices@peakdistrict.gov.uk  .  A guidance note is available on request.

The agenda for the Authority meeting is at: www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/committees/authority-meeting/authority101203.htm

This is an archived press release

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