Gill Costello the treasurer of “Friends of Bestwood Country Park” has been in touch wishing to highlight the news that the Park Ranger service at Bestwood (and other areas) may be lost completely.
NOC as an organisation feels it can’t directly comment on its members’ behalf but feels that the information be made available so they can take any action which they see fit as individuals. Nottingham Post article
: Hucknall Dispatch article
Here is the information from Gill.
The Friends of Bestwood Country Park group understands that Notts County Council are planning to cut out the Park Ranger service completely across the County, replacing it with a non-resident warden service with fewer members and costing between £8k - £10k each less. This would be a devastating loss to Bestwood Country Park, and would waste all the good work that has been done by its management in recent years to make the Park a safe place for users and for wildlife.
Our park covers 690 acres, with a long urban-fringe boundary and multiple access points - although there is a team of regular volunteers who help the rangers, there is no way that the Friends group and the volunteers alone could keep the park safe for its residents or police it for such events as your own.
The Friends group is writing to County Councillors asking to meet them to argue that the cuts being planned for the Conservation and Country Parks Dept of NCC is nearer 50% than the 25% they have said they want. We are asking for a reduced but ranger-led team to remain on site at Bestwood, which we think would still meet the 25% cut. We are also collecting signatures for a petition.
We hope we have your group’s support in this, so I’m attaching a copy of the petition, and also a summary of our arguments. Maybe you might get us some more signatures, if you agree with what we say? We are also encouraging people to write to their local County Councillor to protest at the complete cut of ranger presence on the Park, and ask for a smaller but ranger-led presence there. If anyone isn’t sure who their Councillor is its easy to check it from the Notts County Council website.
We will be collecting the petitions back in between 17-19 January. We will also be at the Winding House car park in Bestwood Village this Sunday, 9th January, 2-4 pm weather permitting, to collect signatures, and again at the Bestwood Lodge car park on Sunday 16th, 2-4 pm.
If anyone would like to register their comments, we would very much welcome that and we’ve set up a central email address to use - firstname.lastname@example.org
. We also have a discussion forum website at www.bestwood-country-park.co.uk
which includes a thread with information on our campaign.
Look forward to hearing from you -
Treasurer, Friends of Bestwood Country Park Bestwood Petition document
and Bestwood statement document