Big Society bid for The Roaches

A NATIONAL charity is to hold a public consultation to provide details of its bid to take over the management of The Roaches.

The Land Trust, which is submitting a tender for the acquisition and management of the 975-acre walking and climbing area have invited residents and members of the local business community to attend a public consultation at The Swan in Leek on Wednesday May 4 from 5pm to 7pm.

They will give a presentation to briefly introduce the work that they do in managing public open space for community benefit and invite members of the public to share their views on the future of The Roaches and answer any questions.

Chief Executive of the Land Trust, Euan Hall, said: “Our primary aim is to focus on engaging with the community and enable them to drive the decision making for the management and development of The Roaches.

“Public consultations such as the 4th May event, where we will be listening to people from the local community, are therefore key for us.

“The Land Trust specialises in enabling communities to take decision-making ownership of their public spaces without the inherent risks of land ownership. Despite the common misconception that the Big Society is a new idea, the Land Trust has been showing how well the model can work on some of its existing sites for years.”

Anyone unable to attend the consultation can find The Land Trust in the Market Place, Leek on Saturday May 7 or contact Laura Parkinson or Deborah Holmwood on 01925 207010 or e-mail