Council help for Crawley’s potential Paralympian
Crawley Borough Council is helping a disabled swimmer in her quest to compete at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
The council has given Zoe Cain, from Southgate, a FACTS (free admission for Crawley’s talented sportspeople) Card, giving the 25-year-old free use of K2 Crawley.
Zoe, who has cerebral palsy, is hoping to compete in the SB5 classification of the 100m breaststroke event at London 2012.
Zoe trains with Crawley Swimming Club and currently spends five hours in the pool every week, as well as two or three sessions in the gym. The FACTS Card will enable her to increase both of these as she pursues her goal of representing Team GB in 2012.
Zoe, who has been competing at national level since 2004, won gold in the 100m breaststroke at the Cerebral Palsy National Championships in Nottingham in June, as well as bronze
Council signs up to WWF timber scheme
Crawley Borough Council has signed up to a new scheme committing the local authority to buy sustainable timber.
The scheme, operated by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), discourages the illegal harvesting of timber products and the destruction of large parts of forest with no replanting taking place.
The council has pledged to spread the message about sustainable
timber and to train its own purchasing managers in responsible buying of timber products.
Figures from the WWF show that 1.5 million cubic metres of timber imported into the UK each year comes from illegal sources. New EU regulations to be introduced in 2013 will require anyone introducing a forest product into the UK to show where it’s come from and prove that it isn’t illegal.
Think carefully when disposing of sharp objects
Crawley Borough Council is urging residents to think carefully when disposing of sharp objects following two recent incidents where refuse operators have been injured from broken glass.
A refuse collector suffered from a one and a half inch cut to his arm from a broken bottle which was sticking out of a refuse bag collected from Pound Hill.
In September an operator was left seriously injured when a piece of glass eight inches long pierced through a rubbish sack collected in Langley Green, and left him needing emergency treatment.
wasteservices to find out more about refuse and recycling in the borough. If you need any further advice about disposing of hazardous objects, please call 0800 5875 888.
in the 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle and 100m backstroke.
Zoe also competed at the National Disability Championships at Ponds Forge, Sheffield, in November and won gold in the 100m breaststroke and silver in the 100m freestyle event.
Zoe is also a qualified swimming teacher. She helps teach non- swimmers and on Wednesdays volunteers at K2 Crawley to help teach the disability swimming group.
New management for The Hawth
Crawley Borough Council has appointed new managers of The Hawth, improving the theatre and saving taxpayers £2.53m over 10 years.
Parkwood Leisure has been chosen to operate the arts centre on a 10-year contract following the setting up of a cross-party working group and a thorough procurement process. The contract will begin on February 1 2012.
Parkwood Leisure proposes a number of improvements to the bars and catering service at The Hawth, including extending the pre-show menu, improving the offer in the Spotlight Room to cater for parties and functions, and providing a shared box
office and cafe reception point in the main foyer.
The council will continue to subsidise The Hawth, at a lower level compared to it being run in-house.
The Community Arts Team will be based at The Hawth and continue to be employed by the council. The council will also continue to provide support to the current programme of festivals.
Parkwood Leisure has a 10-year contract to manage the Playhouse Theatre and Winter Gardens complex in Weston-Super-Mare and a number of other venues ranging from multi-purpose entertainment facilities to smaller community theatres.
Council service retains
Crawley Borough Council’s Amenity Services division has maintained the prestigious Customer Service Excellence Award.
An inspector from Customer Service Excellence visited the council on Tuesday December 13 to make his assessment.
Customer Service Excellence In his observations, the inspector noted that the work that the council does with community groups through the Let’s FACE it! projects, is one of its key strengths. He also commented that sports clubs are extremely pleased with the transformation of this part of the service over the last twelve months.
The assessor looked at new evidence and talked to staff and customers as part of the follow up inspection and was satisfied that the council are continuing to do well.
The assessor praised the council for its increased use of social networking, such as Facebook, for keeping customers in the know.
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