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Council reports £300,000 overspend supporting a Notts country park

Nottinghamshire County Council has spent £300,000 in Covid grants to support  Holme Pierrepont Country Park which has struggled during the pandemic.

The authority is forecasting an overspend of £300,000 as a result of cancelled events and a lack of people using the accommodation at Holme Pierrepont Country Park.

The park, which is also home to the National Water Sports Centre, has also seen reduced sales in drinks and food due to the pandemic.

The figures were discussed during the Communities Committee meeting on November 3.

Mick Allen, Group Manager Place Commissioning, said the issue “is not something that will be resolved overnight”.

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He said: “Holme Pierrepont Country Park had a good summer, I think September’s figures were down again slightly.

“They are hoping that October half term will have improved the position slightly.

“As you’re aware, in effect the income over the spring and summer supports those sites over the winter period.

“The fact that we didn’t get to reopen towards the end of June is going to have an impact over the year.

“Some of the events are still struggling to recover and that has a particular impact at Holme Pierrepont Country Park which has significant events on weekends which bring in those revenue streams.”

Councillor Daniel Williamson (Ind) added: “I appreciate the explanation around the finances.

“Considering the amount of money that has gone in there now on the overspend, what are we doing as a council to bring that under control a little bit?”

Derek Higton, Service Director, Transformation and Change and Service Director, Place and Communities, added: “What we’re looking to do is to work to generate a different management arrangement in the future.

“That will see us from the start of the next financial year return to the pre-pandemic funding position which broadly speaking sees us subsidise that site to the tune of about £150,000 a year.

“The additional funding we have put in place has come from Covid-related funding from the government.”

A council document said: “Culture and Enrichment is forecasting an overspend of £300,000 due to reduced income at Holme Pierrepont Water Sports Centre arising from cancelled/delayed events and reductions in people staying in accommodation, with consequent reduced income from food and beverage sales, resulting from COVID.”

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