The management of countryside sites, including the Seven Sisters and Shinewater Park in Eastbourne, could be handed to outside bodies by the County Council.
The authority is looking at passing over the running of eight sites to outside bodies. However, they’re saying they want to ensure the areas remain open to the public and that they won’t be sold to a private company.
A spokesperson for East Sussex County Council said, “We will not be selling or transferring ownership of any of our countryside sites to a private company.
“They will remain open to everyone and we want to ensure they’re managed and improved for the benefit of all visitors, now and in the future.
“We think this might best be ensured by passing some countryside sites into the care of not-for-profit organisations who are more experienced in conservation, community involvement and visitor engagement than the County Council. This has already worked well in the case of Rye Harbour nature reserve which is now run very successfully by the Sussex Wildlife Trust. Our priority is the interest of residents and of visitors who enjoy the East Sussex countryside: we know people hugely value these sites and their heritage.
“In 2016 we carried out a public consultation on this approach which will inform the shape of our final strategy. The strategy was considered in public at Cabinet in April 2016.”