Doncaster tourist attractions pass 2 million visits mark

Two of a trio of rare eight week old Amur tiger cubs take some of their first steps in daylight at Yorkshire Wildlife Park in Doncaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 28, 2015. Photo credit should read: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire
Two of a trio of rare eight week old Amur tiger cubs take some of their first steps in daylight at Yorkshire Wildlife Park in Doncaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 28, 2015. Photo credit should read: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

An increase in tourists, more homes and more people in work are described in a report due to go to Doncaster councillors.

The borough’s quarterly performance report lists the factors as areas where the borough is performing well and will be discussed by the authority’s cabinet at its next meeting on Tuesday.

Mayor of Doncaster, Ros Jones, welcomed the report but warned of tough times ahead as the council enters the second year of her three year budget that has to find £109million of savings.

The Finance and Performance Improvement Report states:

nThe employment rate, currently 69.4 per cent is back at pre-recession levels

nVisitor numbers to Doncaster tourist attractions have increased by 8.3% in 2014/15 and now stand at over 2.3 million visits.

nThere has also been a 22 per cent increase in new homes during the year.

n Improvements in the newly set up Doncaster Children’s Trust, set up to run children’s services.

Attractions named as seeing significant rises in visitor numbers include the Yorkshire Wildlife Park, the Vulcan Experience, Brodsworth Hall and the South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum. Visitors to key tourist sites were over 2 million.

The report says investment into Doncaster during 2014/15 was over £70million.

The report shows that at the end of the financial year, the council had delivered services even though it has had to cut £38million from its budget for the year.

Mayor of Doncaster, Ros Jones, said: “We have been a dealt a savage blow by the central Government cuts and we have to save a further £70million over the next two years.”

“I have a robust three year budget in place which this report shows we are going about this in the right way, balancing our books while continuing to deliver the best possible services for local residents and investing in our future.

“There are certain areas that are not good enough like education and over the next 12 months we are going to focus on making wholesale improvement and take action to turn this round.

“There are tougher times to come but as this report shows, I am continuing to deliver on my pledges to create jobs and growth, protect vital services and make Doncaster a better place to live, work, visit and invest in.”

A further £70million of savings identified in the Mayor’s budget will be delivered over the next two years.