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Drop-in event for public’s views on future of Losehill Hall

This is an archived press release

Thursday 30 September 2010

30 September 2010

Drop-in event for public’s views on future of Losehill Hall

The Peak District National Park Authority is holding a public drop-in event for people to give their views on the future of Losehill Hall, its residential environmental learning and conference centre at Castleton.

People can call in at Losehill Hall on Thursday October 14 any time between 4pm and 6.30pm to get information from senior officers and offer their ideas.

People can also give their views, before the deadline of November 8, online at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/losehillconsultation

The Authority has to find savings of £1m-£1.9m over the next four years to meet forecast Government spending cuts of 20-30 per cent. The closure of Losehill Hall would save £250,000-£300,000 a year in running costs and contribute an estimated 15 per cent to the required savings over four years.

As a result the Authority has made the difficult decision to withdraw its learning services from Losehill Hall from April 2011, and to seek possible partners or purchasers for the building.

It is not, however, giving up providing education services - a reduced learning team will continue to operate from other centres across the national park.

Richard Campen, director of operations, said: “This drop-in event is an opportunity for people to talk to senior staff about the reasons behind the Authority’s decision, and to put forward their ideas for the future of the building and its services.

“This is part of a six-week public consultation to enable anyone with an interest to find out the background and to give their views on what should happen now.”

A period of seeking redeployments for the 41 full and part-time staff has started. If necessary, redundancy notices will follow in January, though this could change if a potential partner wanted to transfer some posts. Around 45 casual staff will also be affected.

The Grade 2 listed Losehill Hall, with 41 bedrooms, four training rooms, and 27 acres of parkland, was originally built in 1882 as a private house. It became a holiday and education centre for the Co-operative Society in 1952, and the former Peak Park Planning Board took it over as a study centre in 1970.

This is an archived press release

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