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Conservatives say ‘Save the Park Rangers’

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Conservatives on Brighton & Hove City Council are calling for the Council’s Labour Administration to abandon its plans to slash the number of Park Rangers employed in the City from 9 to 3.

There has been widespread condemnation of the plans from residents, volunteers and conservationists culminating in the presentation of a deputation at today’s Environment, Transport & Sustainability Committee meeting at Portslade Town Hall by a group of volunteers.

Cllr. Geoffrey Theobald, who introduced Park Rangers when he was Cabinet Member for the Environment in 2009, said: “These proposed cuts to the Park Ranger service are a false economy and threaten all the great work that has been achieved in recent years in terms of conservation and improving the city’s highly valued parks and green spaces. We urge the Labour Administration to seriously rethink their plans ahead of the Budget Council meeting next month.”

Cllr. Tony Janio, the Conservative Group Spokesman on Environment, Transport & Sustainability, added: “Without a properly staffed Park Ranger service the army of wonderful conservation volunteers that we have in the city will simply not be able to carry on with all the excellent work they currently do, particularly around protecting our internationally important chalk grassland habitat. They are one of the main reasons Brighton & Hove managed to secure the prestigious UNESCO Biosphere status and to put that at risk would be sheer folly.”