Decision details

Five Year Business Plan for Tilgate Park & Nature Centre

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To explore proposals to further improve facilities available to visitors at Tilgate Park & Nature Centre over the next five years whilst maintaining the existing infrastructure and income targets.


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That the Cabinet


a)      approves the Five-Year Business Plan for Tilgate Park and Nature Centre (Appendix A of HCS/068).


b)      approves that the current reserve together with any income over target be allocated to a Park Reserve and ring fenced to fund projects across Tilgate, the Nature Centre and other parks and open spaces.


c)      delegates authority to the Head of Community Services in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Leisure and Wellbeing to proceed with projects and proposals subject to budget availability and delegation limits.


(Generic Delegation 7 will be used to enact this recommendation).



Reasons for the Recommendations


A strategic approach to plan future opportunities and initiatives across the park is required to allow for inter-dependencies and prioritisation of projects.


Previous Business Plans for Tilgate Park have demonstrated the need to maintain the core infrastructure (toilets, car park, paths and access) to enable the park to retain its position as a top visitor attraction.


Continuing to develop the leisure facilities, Nature Centre and events will ensure regular visitors and income to the park throughout the year which enables the site to be self-financing and provide financial support for projects within the other parks and open spaces


Report author: Sarah Barnes

Publication date: 11/01/2024

Date of decision: 10/01/2024

Decided at meeting: 10/01/2024 - Cabinet

Effective from: 17/01/2024

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