HBRC was threatened with closure as the council implements sizeable budget cuts. However, stakeholders were given the opportunity to comment on the council’s plans to close the centre, which meant the case in favour of retaining it could be made by the likes of the National Biodiversity Network Trust, the local Herefordshire recording community and ALERC.
Emma says “The support given by … ALERC has been invaluable and will continue to be so as we think more about our future… Unfortunately, it may be a situation that other LRCs will face at some point and hopefully we can repay the favour and share our experiences.”
ALERC’s response involved working with a number of LRCs to assess income and expenditure and help the Council work out how an LRC is able to balance its books, as well as highlighting how important for Herefordshire’s biodiversity the continued existence of its LRC is. ALERC’s response to Herefordshire Council’s consultation is available on the website here. If you have any questions about this, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.