The Vale of Glamorgan Council is inviting “tender offers” from commercial enterprises to develop new money-spinning outdoor and leisure enterprises at Cosmeston Lakes Country Park.
The Vale Council wants to cash-in on the 250,000 visitors who come to Cosmeston every year – and boost their numbers with new attractions in the outdoor and recreation fields through ” marketing and promotional events”.
Cllr Lis Burnett (Labour St Augustines) the ‘cabinet’ member for regeneration has told WalesonLine that if the appeal of Cosmeston Country Park and Porthkerry Park is “continue to grow, and they are to be sustainable in the current financial climate, then they must adapt to attract new visitors and enhance the experiences of existing users.”
The council is looking for innovative outdoor activity and leisure firms which can make full use of “big open spaces and lakes” and also hospitality services, retailers and event-specialists to provide “high quality services” for visitors.
The contracts for commercial companies will run for over four years for the “Provision of facilities or events that attract customers to and enhance the visitor experience at the Council’s two Country Parks and Medieval [sic] village.”
Interested firms have to “register their interest” on the “Sell to Wales” website http://www.sell2wales.gov.uk/Search/Search_Switch.aspx?ID=41171. The closing date is
12:00 noon 11th April 2016.
The Vale says “All candidates will be required to produce a certificate or declaration demonstrating that they are not bankrupt or the subject of an administration order, are not being wound-up, have not granted a trust deed, are not the subject of a petition presented for sequestration of their estate, have not had a receiver, manager or administrator appointed and are not otherwise apparently insolvent.”
Businesses pitching for the contracts will have to produce certificates showing their directors have not been convicted of conspiracy, corruption, bribery, or money-laundering and have not been convicted of a criminal offence relating to the conduct of their business or profession or committed an act of “grave misconduct“. They also have to show they have correctly paid UK tax.