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Crawley ranked third highest place in UK for adrenaline junkies

Believe it or not Crawley has been ranked just behind Woking and Watford.

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Crawley has come third not far behind Woking who was named the adrenaline capital of the UK.

According to new research from leading adventure specialists Geronigo, the most popular activities around the UK are paintball, karting, and quad biking.

After analysing over 1 million activity bookings at nearly 2000 activity locations, Crawley was found to have an adrenaline ratio of 5.8, meaning 1 in 5.8 residents have taken part in an extreme activity.

With a total population of 106,943, that means there are 18,304 adrenaline junkies in Crawley.

Paintball was by far the UK’s most popular activity, featuring as the top activity of choice for 19 of the top 20 towns.

Crawley’s favourite activities were paintball, quad biking, and karting. 1 in 12.6 people have taken part in paintballing, 1 in 41.0 people in karting and 1 in 43.5 people in karting.

Bernie Janes, CEO of Geronigo said,

“It gives me great joy to see that as many as 1 in 5 people are taking part in adrenaline-fuelled activities in certain locations across the UK. Today there is a perception that people are living a digital life online, but clearly a large chunk of the population are keen to get out and about and share exciting experiences with friends and family.”

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Crawley library in danger of losing opening hours as County Council choose money saving over services

Another public consultation and this time it is about reducing opening hours for the library.

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Crawley library users are being asked to share their thoughts on proposed budget savings which would see a reduction in opening hours at Crawley Library.

The consultation running from 9 October to 13 November 2019 is, according to the council, aimed to help inform the decision due to be taken by West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member, Jacquie Russell, in November. 

The suggested savings include for Crawley to:

Reduce the evening opening hours in the library by one hour (from 7pm to 6pm) from April 2020.

This change, along with the same reduction in hours at three other Sussex libraries along with the ceasing of the mobile library service would apparently result in a total year on year saving of £175,000.

Jacquie Russell, Cabinet Member for Fire and Rescue and Communities, said:

“Since becoming cabinet member, I have often been asked about what will happen to libraries across the county. As I have said before, we need to look at doing things in a more affordable way, but ultimately my aim is to preserve the core of the library service.

“With the suggested savings being proposed, we hope that the other services we have on offer at libraries across West Sussex will diminish any negative impact to users. 

“However, I still want to hear the thoughts of our library users by way of this consultation, especially those who are specifically affected by the proposed budget savings, as this will help to shape and inform my decision in November.”

But Crawley residents will be all too wary of consultations and how they can be just lip service and completely ignored as recently happened with the consulation over the Post Office move into County Mall.

Crawley MP Henry Smith said:

“When West Sussex County Council Leader over a decade ago, I was pleased to procure and open the new Crawley Library, which ever since has been an important community resource. I would encourage all who care about our library to engage with the Council’s consultation and call for evening opening hours not to be reduced.”

You have until 13 November 2019 to have your say.

To find out more and fill in the consultation, visit haveyoursay.westsussex.gov.uk/libraries/libraryoffer/

CN24 approached Jacquie Russell for a guarantee that if the results of the consultation came back that there was a majority against the reduction in hours that she would keep the library open till 7. A response has not yet been received.

But West Sussex County Council did respond saying:

“This is a live consultation and we encourage residents to have their say before the deadline of 13 November. After the consultation has closed, the responses will be taken into consideration before any decision is made.”

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