In a national first Warwickshire County Councils Rural
Estate Management Team have been given the thumbs up by independent property experts
An audit team from Bruton Knowles reviewed the process over a six month period,
examining the work methods and management techniques of the five people who make up the
Rural Estate Team.
No other council has pitched itself against other local authorities and the private
sector to see how they ranked in terms of good working practices.
Peter Ridley, Director of Property Services, is delighted with the report:
"I think the report is a tribute to the dedication and hard work of the Rural
Estate Management Team and to the support and encouragement of the members of the
Smallholdings Tenants Sub-Committee.
"The report proves that we provide a quality service and that we offer good value
for money. Whilst we cant be complacent, I think this does show that we are on the
Five facts about what the Rural Estate Management Team do:
- Maintains 59 small holdings the report particularly praised the team for the
successful management and maintenance of these properties.
- The 4 Foresters who manage the Councils woodlands were commended for the good
- The farms source a rent income of £465, 000 per year.
- A new farmhouse was built in Dunchurch in 1997 at a cost of £92,000.
- The Smallholdings Tenants Sub-Committee of 5 members includes two farmers and a member
whose family background is farming in India.