Nottingham

Sherwood Forest and National Water Sports Centre aim for new investors

Canoeist in white water at the National Water Sports Centre, Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham
Image caption The county council took over the running of the National Water Sports Centre in 2009

Plans to attract investors to develop two major Nottinghamshire tourist attractions have been approved by the county council.

The authority is looking for a business partner to set up a new visitor centre at Sherwood Forest.

It also wants help to operate and develop the National Water Sports Centre at Holme Pierrepont.

A council spokesman said it wanted investors with expertise who can help the centres make a profit.

'Significant investment'

Nottinghamshire County Council said it wanted a new Sherwood Forest visitor centre to offer its 350,000 guests an "experience for the 21st century".

The current visitor centre was built in the 1970s.

It has been described as "tired and old" by councillor John Cottee, cabinet member for culture and community, but he said council funds were limited and a new centre would need "significant investment".

The authority wants the attraction to be up and running by the summer of 2014.

A public or private partner could be installed at the National Water Sports Centre by spring 2013, the council said.

Speaking about the proposed partnership for the water sports centre, Mr Cottee said: "It will help us to secure a long term future for the site.

"All we have to do now is find the right partner to come aboard."

The council took over the running of the centre in 2009 from Sport England.

The facility costs the authority £350,000 a year to run which will increase to £800,000 when Sport England funding ends.

The proposals were considered by the council's cabinet on 14 September.

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