The Brecon Beacons National Park Authority are proposing the closures of information centres inn Libanus and at the waterfalls in 2016. This is due to a reduction in funding. It is Proposed that the tea rooms in Libanus will stay open.
I believe that the closures are very short sighted and they will certainly affect visitors of the national park and employees. The closures will mean there will be no information available for visitors on the park and its history and heritage , the shops that sell essentials books, maps, local produce and crafts will close affecting many small local businesses and nearly a dozen staff will loose their jobs ( that many have held for over 20 years )
The park authority will not meet their own statutory purposes and duty that states they are to help visitors enjoy and understand the park, it will also impact the local community and economy as the visitors centre helps attract over 170,000 visitors plus school visits each year.
The proposed plan is to use the Visitors Centre as an office yet to do this it would have to be converted and this cost has not yet been calculated.
Loss of income for the park authority due to room bookings, car parks, education classes and events and of course the shop closure which takes thousands of pounds a week.
The health of the surrounding enviroment may be impacted due to the lack of contact with knowledgeable staff to help advise visitors on its use. Education of the park will be severely impacted. This is unacceptable.
Please sign this petition to show support and help save the visitor centres, the consultation period ends on the 5th of February 2016 so time is very limited. Please share, help make a difference.
If you want to show your support in keeping the visitor centres open sign the online petition at the link below.
Source: Petition BBNP visitor centre closures
Countryside Volunteers working on the boardwalks and fishing platforms around Llandrindod Wells Lake.
Boardwalks and fishing platforms around a mid Powys lake are now easier and safer to use thanks to the efforts of 15 volunteers.
Two teams from Powys County Council’s Countryside Volunteers workforce were at Llandrindod Wells Lake yesterday (Monday 18 January) working on the structures.
The volunteers were led by two of the new Volunteer Team Leaders.
The volunteers cleaned the leaves from the oak decking and installed a non-slip mesh to improve access at two sites on opposite sides of the lake.
The volunteers will become a familiar sight around the county as they help the council manage and maintain the 9,200km of public rights of way as well as the numerous parks, playgrounds and open spaces in the county.
The Countryside Volunteers have already built and maintained hundreds of bridges and boardwalks as well as installing countless self-closing gates.
Under the guidance of the six new Volunteer Team Leaders and Countryside Officers, the volunteers will be able to work in teams across the county helping landowners and the council to maintain paths, parks and playgrounds.
Alexandra Road footbridge
A footbridge in Llandrindod Wells is to be removed on health and safety grounds, Powys County Council has confirmed.
The council has taken the decision to demolish the Alexandra Road footbridge after structural engineers raised significant concerns over the deteriorating condition of the bridge.
A public footpath known as LL10(A), which crosses the bridge, has been temporarily closed to the public since August 2014 due to the deteriorating condition of the bridge.
The footbridge crosses the railway line and links the Alexandra Court area of Llandrindod Wells with the Rock Park playing fields. There are two alternative routes close by, both are open and available to all.
Barriers used to restrict access to the footbridge have been vandalised and removed recently, with evidence found that the bridge may have been used.
Cllr John Powell, Cabinet Member for Environment and Sustainability, said:
“We take the health and safety of the public very seriously, which is why the decision to remove this footbridge has been made. I can reassure the public that we will explore all the options available regarding the future of the bridge.”
Source: Footbridge to be removed