Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Some Figures and Some Secrets

Grants for Blacka Moor

Hectares: 122.87
Funding Scheme: Entry Level plus Higher Level Stewardship
Total Funding: £184,321
Start date: 01/03/2013
Recipients: Sheffield Wildlife Trust

Grants for section of Eastern Moors from Wimble Holme Hill across to Owler Bar

Hectares: 403
Funding Scheme: Countryside Stewardship
Total Funding: Undeclared (secret)
Start date: this ends this month and will be replaced by an HLS
Recipients: Secret. But new HLS funding will go to Eastern Moors Partnership in addition to the  £1.6million already committed -see next area below.

Grants for the remainder of Eastern Moors (including the section adjoining the Stony Ridge track west of Blacka.)

Hectares: 1,976
Funding Scheme: Entry Level plus HLS
Total Funding: £1,664,579
Start date: 01/09/2011
Recipients: Eastern Moors Partners (RSPB/NT)

Grants for Burbage and Houndkirk Moors

Hectares: 905
Funding Scheme: Entry Level plus HLS
Total Funding: Secret
Start date: 01/06/2013
Recipients: Secret
Owners of this property are Sheffield City Council on behalf of the Sheffield public!!!

It is astounding that property owned by Sheffield City Council is attracting what must be a huge sum in HLS and the name of the recipient is secret. What is there to hide? We know that until three years ago a Derbyshire farmer held a tenancy on this land bringing in a huge sum. He was kicked off after being prosecuting for mistreating his livestock. Surely SCC cannot have handed the land and the potential for raking in more wealth over to another farmer? And don't we, the landowning public, deserve to know the details?

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