Sir David Steel, CEO of Leeds Castle has written in the Hollingbourne September Parish Magazine about the secondary use of annual tickets for Leeds Castle which cost £24.50 although there are concessions for seniors and others.
Sir David’s predecessor Mrs Victoria Wallace changed the admissions policy so that only annual and more expensive “Keys to the Castle” tickets could be purchased which are theoretically not transferable and state “Tickets must be signed and identity checks will be carried out”.
It is suggested that some local residents have been sharing the use of the tickets among their visiting friends and relations and Sir David, a lawyer, has written the following in the Magazine which has caused some local comment:
“…. I indicated the financial consequences to the (Leeds Castle) Foundation of annual entry tickets being handed around thus avoiding the cost of purchase”.
Up to now the Castle appears to have taken a more pragmatic view of the possible secondary use of tickets by local residents who often have to suffer traffic delays and noise caused by Castle events.
Proposals to have special prices for local residents have so far not found favour with the Castle which is a major local employer and a registered charity. The Castle grounds are also crossed by several public footpaths which are open for access at all times.
Pictured below is Sir David Steel, CEO of Leeds Castle Foundation at the Hollingbourne Summer Fete and Exemption Dog Show in June 2016.