Money is needed
- Credit: Archant
Well, Anne Chapman (Opinion, December 6) has certainly done her research and I have not checked her facts, I assume they are correct.
However, the simple fact is that the National Trust does need to make some financial gain.
When they purchased the land, they could not have foreseen the extent of public use that this area now receives.
I have seen the use increase beyond all expectation in the eight years that I have lived in the area.
This increase in use requires both the National Trust and the farmers to spend increasing amounts to support both the public access and conservation work.
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How do they pay for the surfacing of the car park, the all access pathways out to the cliff, the maintenance of the woodlands and scrub clearance if not through making financial gains in some way?
Whatever changes were implemented some people would object.
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I guess the National Trust could introduce parking charges or set up a campsite for the whole of the summer.
Instead they are looking at a campsite for just one week of the year, organised by a group that share their environmental objectives that will have a very minimal and short impact upon the tranquil and beautiful location.
Any financial gain will help them to protect the natural environment and historic buildings in their care, because they certainly don’t receive enough through general donations to provide what the public expect from them.
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