Following the news yesterday that the Forestry Commission would push Purple Mountain out of running the Dalby Forest café and bike shop and awarded the fresh new contracts to Pace, CTC and Eurest, Purple Mountain have responded.
Here’s their statement:
Purple Mountain is very sad to announce that we have lost the tenders to operate the Bike Centre and Café at Dalby Forest. We are also disappointed at the way we have been treated by the Forestry Commission a government/public body.
We are a small, local, independent business established from scratch more than 10 years ago. Purple Mountain has been operating the trail centre and café in Dalby since 2006. Building up and expanding the business over those years with a great deal of hard work and co-operation from a fantastic team. Offering a local, friendly outdoor café and high quality bike hire and biking events from the trail centre.
Purple Mountain entered a tender process with the FC in late December 2011 and we were told only last week via a three line letter that we had been unsuccessful. This is despite operating and working in partnership with the FC for the past six years.
We have built up the Dalby business from nothing and now offer high quality bike hire and bike events to all levels of rider. We have seen Dalby grow and have helped in that process. Now when it’s big and successful the FC toss us aside and move new companies in.
We have a number of issues with the process followed and believe that we have not been treated fairly and that the process lacks the transparency that is demanded by a public body.
We have been informed that there is no appeal process.
Following the news, there has now been set up an e-petition page http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/save-purple-mountain-cafe-dalby.html for
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