Funding to be cut for Snowdonia & Brecon Beacons National Parks

1st February 2018

Financial support for Wales' three national parks - Pembrokeshire Coast, Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia - is set to fall to its lowest level since 2001.

Snowdonia's chief executive described the situation as "frightening".

The Welsh Government said a two year settlement had allowed for better planning in "challenging" times.

Emyr Williams, chief executive of Snowdonia National Park Authority (SNPA) told BBC Radio Cymru's Post Cyntaf

"Over the years we've seen visitor centres going, less maintenance of paths, fewer staff - so it's a slow decline really."

He warned of a loss of quality for the visitor experience at a time when a lot of money was going to promote Wales as an adventurous place to visit.

By 2020 its Welsh Government grant will fall below the figure received in 2001.

Mr Williams said the park - Wales's largest designated landscape - also needed to be judged by its economic value, estimated at £66m a year.

 

The three national parks contribute over half a billion pounds to the economy and Mr Williams said they also delivered on health and education objectives.

They face 5% cuts to their budgets for 2018-19 and have been advised to expect a similar reduction for 2019/20.

For the Brecon Beacons and Pembrokeshire Coast National Parks it means cutting approximately £200,000 a year

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