National Park staff face threat of jobs axe

A NEARBY national park has announced plans to axe 12 jobs after seeing over a third of its budget cut.

The North York Moors National Park Authority has proposed to make redundant six full time and six part-time positions after a substantial reduction in its funding from Government and local authorities.

The proposed job losses, which will also include one of the Authority’s directors, will be carried out by April 2014.

Besides the losses, the proposals also call for 15 staff to have their hours cut or be placed on a lower graded post.

Last year, 15 full-time posts were phased out at the Authority through a mixture of voluntary redundancy/retirement, a reduction in hours and a recruitment freeze.

Park services will also be cut, including the parks popular Moorsbus network, which will cease operation in 2013.

Andy Wilson, the National Park Authority’s Chief Executive, said: “I appreciate that people will be disappointed at the loss of other services but we are facing a real term reduction in funding of 35%. We already have low administrative and staffing costs so reduction in some services is inevitable.

“We have tried to minimise the impact on staff but this has been an immensely difficult time and I would like to thank them; they have coped tremendously well and have continued to deliver excellent services.”

The Authority’s members are due to make a final decision on the cuts on September 26.