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Interest sought to help manage Roaches estate

This is an archived press release

Thursday 24 June 2010

24 June 2010

Interest sought to help manage Roaches estate

Partners are being sought to help the Peak District National Park Authority manage the Roaches estate for the benefit of local residents and visitors.

The 975 acre (394 ha) estate near Leek in Staffordshire is a popular climbing and walking area that is protected by national and European law because of the high conservation value of the landscape.

The estate was bought by the National Park Authority in 1980 to protect it for current and future generations.

Adverts have now been placed in estate and rural management trade magazines to see if there is any interest from suitable partners to:

  • Work with the authority to manage the estateHave a long-term lease to manage the estate or
  • Buy the land with strict conditions attached to ensure public access is maintained and the area is protected.  

A similar process recently saw a partnership of the National Trust and RSPB take on a 15-year lease to manage the Authority’s 25 sq km Eastern Moors estate, near Sheffield.

Roger Clarke, lead member for asset management at the Peak District National Park Authority, said: “The Roaches is one of those iconic places that makes the national park so special and we want to keep it that way for future generations while delivering value for money for tax payers.

“We are looking to see whether there are other people and organisations who can help us deliver our objectives and bring resources to build on the significant improvements that have been made to the Estate over the Authority’s period of ownership. We also want to give local people more of a say in that process.

“We are putting guarantees in place as part of any agreement to ensure the Roaches remains a highly popular area for climbing and walking, as well as very important place for farming and encouraging wildlife, flowers and plants.”

The estate is made up of moorland, farmland and woodland and also includes a car park at Gradbach and a cottage which is let to the British Mountaineering Council. Any agreement will ensure this continues.

Any interested partners would have to guarantee they would:

  • Ensure public access for recreation uses, such as climbing and walking
  • Manage the land to protect and improve wildlife, plants and flowers
  • Work with the local community and recreation user groups to develop a management plan for the estate
  • Not allow shooting on the estate.

Potential partners will be asked to express an interest by 30 July 2010. Applicants who meet the requirements will then be asked to submit more detailed proposals by late summer.

Further information is available at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/roaches-estate or phone Customer Service on 01629 816200.

This is an archived press release

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