BBNP visitor centre closures
UPDATE : 3/ 2/16 The petition is closed at present. Information has been given to the BBNPA AND further updates will be posted as they are available. Many thanks to everyone who has supported the visitor centers.
Brecon Beacons National Park Authority are proposing the closures of information centres on 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
Health and safety of visitor's will be impacted
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.