Budget cuts could cause major rift in South Downs Society

Warning has been given of a major split in the influential South Downs Society if plans to cut its budget next year are voted through by its governing council.

Cuts being considered in the face of plummeting grant and investment income could lead to at least one of its six part-time jobs – two of which have a high public profile – being axed, its chairman, Robert Cheesman, has acknowledged.

In a statement in the monthly newsletter emailed to members, Mr Cheesman says despite making reductions in the society’s spending, it is estimated the loss this year could be almost £100,000, due to a fall in grant income and return on investments in the current financial climate. Since 2007, annual losses have totalled £388,774.