After lots of cagey replies, lack of replies and PM's the tenders for FC leases for England went in yesterday.... we can do no more till interview and there is no need to be cagey any more....
FC have clearly stated this is a trial and if it works there'll be more (a lot) coming out.... if it works.
Cards on the Table:
- who applied for what;
- what did you think;
- is it a stich up; and
- what do you think your chances of interview/winning are.
For what it's worth:
- I applied for the two in N.Yorks
- The process is clearly based on FC Scotland, whinge all you want about the fairness; however, my suspicion is that (unlike scotland) the areas are not going to be lamped to death over the coming months and what's there is there. Price is interesting, I've heard a number of opinions - however the real price to the FC is to not replace rangers as they retire - and in fact to move to a model of supervisory wildlife officers; it's what I would do if I was restructuring them. No matter how much people offer it's going to be less than the cost of a Ranger + Vehicle + fuel + rifle + ammo etc.
- Possibly - the two I looked at are FAR more sensitive and difficult to stalk; or shot out with a small population than any number of woods near by. Could be some want it to fail; could just be the first are set out as the stiffest test to see if it works. Also I don't know the areas I didn't look at, but heard some interesting rumblings from N'land (no areas on offer).
- Somwhere between bugger all and 33% - really no idea, depends what they are looking for - fingers crossed. At the same time if I don't win all I've wasted is the hours writing the tender.... as long as the jobs done properly and it doesn't get buggered up for the rest of us for years to come.
Good luck to all who have tendered and happy hunting.