Consultation over future management of Chasewater begins

A three month consultation to decide how Chasewater County Park will be managed in future has begun.

Chasewater. Pic: Robin Stott

Chasewater. Pic: Robin Stott and
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Staffordshire County Council is seeking views on the future of its countryside estate.

Cllr Mark Winnington

Cllr Mark Winnington

Mark Winnington, the council’s cabinet member for environment, said: “The countryside estate is a much-loved, valuable asset for the county, which we’re intent on preserving for this and future generations.

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

The four options under consideration are:

  • Maintain council ownership and seek opportunities to increase income from existing sites by working with volunteers, community, third sector and private parties.
  • Transfer management (not ownership) on a site-by-site basis to local community or voluntary sector groups, such as parish councils.
  • Establish a partnership of landowners to manage all green spaces in a particular area.
  • Establish a not-for-profit trading company to run and develop parts of the estate.

“We think it’s unlikely that one option will be a solution for all the sites in the review and it’s possible that a combination of them may be best,” Cllr Winnington added.

“What we want now is for people to tell us what they think about each of the options.”

The consultation will run until January 24. More details about the proposals and details of how to have your say are available online.

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