Surrey Wildlife Trust budget plan must be released

Greens called for Surrey County Council and Surrey Wildlife Trust to release the budget plan and vision for Surrey today.

This followed meetings at County Hall where concerned residents sought reassurances over the future of the Trust, its resources and the implications of Surrey County Council withdrawing its funding.

County Councillor Jonathan Essex said:

“Councillors and residents need to see the full budget plan for Surrey Wildlife Trust, so we can assess the impact that the County Council’s withdrawal of funding will have.

“We need to see the plan to judge whether Surrey Wildlife Trust has the resources to invest in the long-term future of the countryside, and how we can improve the management of our natural resources with less money. Involving the public is vital if the County Council is serious about working with all partners to preserve Surrey’s countryside and enhance it”.

Green campaigner Rob Jarrett said,

“I played on the North Downs as a child and we have to do all we can to protect our countryside for future generations.

“I am particularly concerned about the reduction in the number of rangers from 16 to 10 and the loss of capacity and experience that will follow.”

 

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