Partners wanted by Staffordshire County Council to help run countryside estate

The first of two information day is being held for groups and organisations interested in managing Staffordshire's countryside estate.

The County Council is looking for partners to work with to manage its six country parks, nine picnic areas and three disused rail lines.

An information event is taking place at Chasewater Innovation Centre today between 9:30am and 12pm.

Mark Winnington, cabinet member for the economy said: “This is the next step in the journey to find an effective way of running our countryside estate. We know we need different options to deliver the best results and now we need to talk to groups and potential partners about getting involved in taking over the management of these sites.

“The estate will remain safe in our hands, but the question has always been how best to manage the diverse country parks, greenways, picnic and other areas for everyone’s benefit and enjoyment in an affordable manner.

“We are keen to develop our existing partnerships but we also want to talk to other individuals, businesses and organisations.  The open days are a great way for people to find out more about the tendering process and I would encourage anyone interested in getting involved to book their place.”


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