New ‘leisure card’ for Crawley residents proposed

Little Bob the first alpaca born at Tilgate Park Nature Centre with its mother Mossie. Zoo Keeper Nikki Menezes feeds another alpaca. Pic Steve Robards SUS-150205-213024001
Little Bob the first alpaca born at Tilgate Park Nature Centre with its mother Mossie. Zoo Keeper Nikki Menezes feeds another alpaca. Pic Steve Robards SUS-150205-213024001
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A new ‘leisure card’ giving Crawley residents a discount at certain facilities could be introduced.

Crawley Borough Council have set up a panel to look at the idea, and what facilities could be included if a ‘passport to leisure’ or ‘leisure plus’ scheme is reintroduced.

This follows a number of requests from councillors to investigate the issue and the scrutiny panel will meet for the first time on Tuesday (March 8) to agree a draft scoping framework.

The framework explains what should not form part of the panel’s work such as the golf centre, as it would require a renegotiation of the contract, both the K2 and the Hawth Theatre, as concessions are already available at the leisure centre, while being a Friend of The Hawth already gives access to discounted tickets.

Although it does not give any indication of what facilities a leisure card could be used for, Tilgate Park’s nature centre has been mooted by councillors in the past as one of the possible facilities that could fall under a new discount card scheme.

Cllr Chris Mullins, CBC’s cabinet member for wellbeing, said: “I support the principle of a membership card that provides a discount on leisure services to Crawley residents.

“However, it’s a complex proposal because of the services which are unlikely to be included if this is taken forward. The Crawley Leisure Card Scrutiny Panel has been set up to analyse the advantages and disadvantages of the proposal.”

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