Draft South Pennine Moors SPA/SAC Planning Framework Supplementary Planning Document

[estimated] Ended on the 24th March 2021
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(4) Appendix 4: Mitigation measures for recreation

The proposed mitigation measures and approximate costs for each are set out below.

Type of measure

Measure

Capital/ one-off Cost

Annual Cost

No. years to budget for annual cost

Total Cost

Notes on how cost calculated

Justification

Staff

Delivery Officer

£41,450

10

£414,500

Estimated at £27,000 annual salary, plus 35% (to cover NI, superannuation, etc.) and £5000 per annum support costs .

Delivery Officer potentially supervising ranger team and overseeing delivery of various mitigation elements. Dedicated post to ensure timely implementation.

1 Ranger (full time, with education focus)

£39,400

20

£788,000

Costs per ranger would be: £24,000 annual salary, plus 35% (to cover NI, superannuation, etc.) and in addition vehicle costs and other support costs (£7000 per annum).

Ranger post, with role to work with community groups, volunteers, children. Face-face contact and on-site presence.

1 Ranger (full time, with practical/access infrastructure focus)

£39,400

75

£2,955,000

Costs per ranger would be: £24,000 annual salary, plus 35% (to cover NI, superannuation, etc.) and in addition vehicle costs and other support costs (£7000 per annum).

Ranger post, with role to work with community groups, volunteers, children. Face-face contact and on-site presence.

1 Ranger (full time, with ecological/monitoring focus)

£39,400

15

£591,000

Costs per ranger would be: £24,000 annual salary, plus 35% (to cover NI, superannuation, etc.) and in addition vehicle costs and other support costs (£7000 per annum).

As above but with more of an ecological and monitoring focus. Still providing on-site presence, liaising with public and face-face engagement.

Signs & Interpretation

Audit of current provision

£1,500

£1,500

Undertaken by rangers, small budget to cover costs of report production.

Initial work to review current provision, identify gaps and key locations for new provision. Audit needs to check messages and branding on current signs.

Graphic design for new interpretation and signs

£8,000

£8,000

£8,000 for design of new interpretation and messaging relating to highlighting nature conservation importance, risks of fire etc.

Following initial audit

New interpretation boards

£20,000

£20,000

£2,000 per board for production of timber frame and graphic panel, delivery and installation. Estimate of 10 boards. Costs allowed for 1x replacement, therefore 20 total

New interpretation will provide on-site information for all visitors.

New Signs, waymarking etc.

£28,000

£28,000

Cost based on 25 posts at £300 per post to cover production, delivery and installation. Treated softwood marker posts, 1.6m high with slanting top and coloured band or marking incorporated. Costs allowed for 1x replacement, therefore 50 total. Additional £500 for waymarking discs or signs made of glass reinforced plastic for longevity.

Way-marking will help focus use in particular areas.

Education & awareness raising

Awareness raising strategy

£20,000

£20,000

Estimate of consultancy costs to cover production of strategy, to include messaging for rangers, branding, communication approaches etc. Closley linked to design of interpretation (for which separate budget).

Aim of education and awareness work is to raise profile of conservation and the conservation importance of sites and ultimately lead to more engagement from public and responsible access. Potentially complex messages/issues (e.g. encompassing ecosystem services, carbon, water etc) and need to influence behaviour so approach needs to be carefully thought out.

Development of education material for children and community group

£5,000

£1,000

20

£25,000

Estimate for resources to support educational work with community, design and printing, consultancy input working with rangers.

Some printed material to help with school visits

Funding for schools transport

£2,300

20

£46,000

Approximately £230 per day for coach, coast assumes 10 school trips per annum

Costs for schools to reach sites often a barrier.

BBQ guidance and leaflet for shops

£7,500

£7,500

Costs to cover design, printing, potentially posters and leaflet dispensers in shops . May be possible to update existing leaflet produced by W. Yorkshire Fire Service.

Will highlight how to use barbeque to avoid risks and where safe to use

Social media and website

£10,000

£200

20

£14,000

Costs to cover design and annual fee for updates, hosting etc.

Simple website with gazeteer highlight where to go, particularly for dog walking and barbeques. Code of conduct etc too

Infrastructure

Review of existing greenspaces near to European sites

£10,000

£10,000

Estimated budget for consultancy support to help with identifying sites that could be improved and potential works.

Review to check existing and potential greenspace sites that could absorb recreational use and identify scope for improvement

Enhancement of local greenspace

£500,000

£500,000

Flexible budget and notional amount to be targeted as informed by review of existing greenspaces.

Funds to implement recommendations from review

Provision of barbeque areas

£5,000

£1,000

20

£25,000

Will require litter bins/cans for ash and emptying as part of annual cost.

Safe areas for barbeques to encourage barbeques in safe locations

Path improvements

£17,500

20

£350,000

£35m2 for hoggin surfacing: budget would allow for 0.5km of path works at £35m (estimate for hoggin surfacing) per annum.

Creation/improvement of routes in vicinity of SPA to draw access

Dog bins

£2,400

£1,600

20

£34,400

£600 per bin initial cost, for timber fronted dual waste bin; £400 per bin per year to empty. 4 bins

Additional bins to minimise impacts of fouling and also encourage responsible dog walking

Parking & Travel

Review of parking

£10,000

£10,000

One-off cost for consultancy report, all car-parks on SPA visited, plus other greenspace nearby. All parking mapped and assessed and strategic review to consider potential changes and options for charging

Will inform potential for charging and long term strategic approach to management of parking.

Parking improvements/modifications

£100,000

£100,000

Potential for costs to be used in conjunction with revenue collected for parking charges; £100,000 would be the equivalent of 1 new car-parks with around 25 spaces. Costs anticipated to be spread more widely for more minor changes across more car-parks.

Changes to car-parks to draw visitors to particular locations, based on review

Monitoring

Review of current monitoring and monitoring strategy

£10,000

£10,000

Costs to cover consultancy support to review current monitoring and data and produce a monitoring strategy as part of the mitigation

Review would ensure future monitoring was proportionate, fit for purpose and designed to be integrated to the mitigation. For example providing early warning of emerging issues.

Visitor interviews

£40,000

£40,000

Estimated cost for face-face interviews with visitors at stratified sample of locations across relevant European sites £20,000. Budget allows for repeat survey.

Face-face interviews would give home postcodes, routes walked, awareness and motivations for visiting. Will inform mitigation work. Initial survey early on to inform potential greenspace for improvements

Visitor numbers and activities

£5,000

20

£100,000

Monitoring involving repeated transects/car-park counts and other counts done by consultant (potential to also use wardens/volunteers and/or automated counters, depending on findings of review)

Regular monitoring to identify the spatial use of different areas and monitor change

Recording implementation of mitigation

£0

No cost as undertaken as part of core work by delivery officer

Levels of new development

£0

No cost as undertaken as part of core work by delivery officer/LPAs

Ecological

£5,000

20

£100,000

Annual sum available for targeted monitoring/match funding as required. Potential for ranger time as additional support.

Could be targeted to recording trampling damage, mapping fires etc.

Total

£6,197,900

10% Contingency

£309,895

Total inc. contingency

£6,507,795


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