Park funds of £11.4m

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THE South Downs National Park will receive £11.4m funding from the Government for the next financial year, starting on April 1 2011, it was announced this week.

Margaret Paren, South Downs National Park Authority chair said: “Next year we will be taking on new responsibilities including planning and operational work across the Park area.

“The grant is a significant increase on the current funding provided by local authorities and Natural England to support the work of the current South Downs Joint Committee. We welcome that injection of funding into the South Downs area and will continue to work with all of our partners to ensure we get the maximum benefit from the expenditure’.

“We will be providing Community Grants totalling £400,000 next year aimed at supporting initiatives involving the local community and voluntary groups across the Park area.”