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Chasewater Country Park is under new ownership after Lichfield District Council agreed to hand over the site. Staffordshire County Council will now take over the reservoir and leisure facilities. The handover period will see a team from Lichfield District Council continuing to manage the country park over the next three years while essential repairs to the dam are completed. County Councillor Mark Winnington said:
“We are already looking at potential ways of developing Chasewater further as a cultural and economic facility. The county council operates the Chasewater Innovation Centre which has tremendous development potential. The site also lies very close to where the Staffordshire Hoard was discovered, and we are keen to work with our Mercian Trail partners to see what opportunities could exist for telling the story of this breathtaking piece of our local history at Chasewater. “We are also keen to develop relations with all the many community groups that currently use Chasewater and seek their views on the site’s potential. This will include Chasewater Railway, the sailing club, wildlife group and other stakeholder groups. There is also the county council run Outdoor Education Centre that could benefit. We will look at all options to draw more people to the area and benefit the local economy. “We will build on the good work Lichfield District Council has carried up to this point.”
Councillor Val Richards, Deputy Leader of Lichfield District Council, explained:
“It is most unusual for a small district council like ours to be responsible for managing such an integral part of the nation’s infrastructure. Managing an asset of this size places a huge burden on the district council and our small number of council tax payers. We are incredibly grateful to the team at Staffordshire County Council for working alongside us, and for agreeing to take over the future ownership and management of the park and dam.”

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