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Campaigners aim to save Losehill Hall

Posted 24 September 2010
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Campaigners aim to save Losehill Hall
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Campaigners have objected to plans by the Peak District National Park Authority to sell the training centre at Losehill Hall near Castleton, a plan that may disappoint those who like to go walking in the area.

The body is seeking to offload the centre in a bid to save cash in anticipation of cuts to its budget when the government's spending review is unveiled next month.

However, while park bosses are hoping to save £300,000 a year, the loss of the facility is a prospect opposed by outdoor groups such as the Open Spaces Society.

Its general secretary Kate Ashbrook argued: "By considering the sale of Losehill Hall the Peak Park Authority is betraying national park principals in a knee-jerk reaction to budget cuts and are merely looking to sell off the family silver."

She added the move could harm the local economy, a view which may be supported by a 19999 study by the University of Derby which found the value to the area's traders was 32 million a year.

Losehill Hall offers training in occupations such as conservation and rural business management, with its facilities including accommodation for visitors, four teaching rooms and 27 acres of grounds.

Posted by Brandon Egley