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NHS Volunteers Responders

NHS Volunteer Responders has been set up to support the NHS during the COVID-19 outbreak. To do this we need an ‘army’ of volunteers who can support the 1.5m people in England who are at most risk from the virus to stay well. Our doctors, nurses and other professionals will be able to refer people in to NHS Volunteer Responders and be confident that they have been matched with a reliable, named volunteer.

You can help by signing up for one or more of the tasks listed below. Once you have registered and checks are complete you will be provided a log-in to the GoodSAM Responder app. Switch the app to ‘on duty’, and you’ll see live and local volunteer tasks to pick from nearby.

This programme enables volunteers to provide care or to help a vulnerable person, which is permitted under the new rules announced by the Government on 23rd March 2020. Volunteers may be asked to show the active task they are responding to if asked.

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Volunteers must be 18 or over, and fit and well with no symptoms. Those in higher-risk groups (including those over 70, those who are pregnant or with underlying medical conditions) will be able to offer support by telephone.

Your safety is our priority. The majority of tasks can be undertaken while social distancing and volunteers will receive guidance through our ‘getting started pack’. If you do become ill you can pause your volunteering.

Patient transport drivers will require an enhanced DBS check and will receive guidance to do this role safely, also included within the ‘getting started pack’.

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Lower Hollow Copse Travellers Site

Revised Plan for Gypsy and Traveller Site
26th February 2020 – Crawley Observer
website www.crawleyobserver.co.uk

By Joshua Powling
email crawleyobserver@jpress.co.uk

Revised plans for a gypsy and traveller site in Copthorne have been published for public consultation.

Mid Sussex District Council approved an application from itself for a change the use of land at Lower Hollow Copse to house a total of pitches across two areas back in February 2019.

But the council is now proposing eight new permanent gypsy and traveller pitches on the site.

Now it is encouraging residents to have a say on the revised plans for the site.

Judy Llewellyn-Burke, deputy leader of the district council, said: We have listened carefully to the feedback from local residents.

“This latest proposal has fewer pitches, so the space is less densely populated and provides a nicer environment for the residents.

“The provision of eight permanent pitches at Lower Hollow Copse will form an important part of our duty to provide accommodation for the Gypsy and Traveller community.

“It will also ensure our district plan remains compliant with planning legislation and that we retain control of future development in Mid Sussex.”

The proposal includes a site managers office, a landscaped open area for children’s play as well as parking and private amenity space on each pitch.

A protective barrier along part of the perimeter will reduce noise and this will be accompanied by the planting of trees and shrubs to help the site blend in to the natural surroundings.

There will also be a footpath to link the site to Copthorne village.

The plans and an explanation of the proposals are available to view online by visiting: www.wyg.com/planning/consultations/hollow-copse

The public consultation runs until midnight on Tuesday March 31.

Comments can be left by completing an online questionnaire via the web page link.

A hard copy of the questionnaire can also be submitted by post to Lower Hollow Copse Consultation, WYG, Wharf House, Wharf Road, Guildford GU1 4RP.

Questionnaires can be obtained from reception at Mid Sussex District Council, Oaklands, Oaklands Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH16 1SS (phone 01444 458166).

Gatwick Airport – Crawley Observer

Air Quality Fears over Expansion
19th February 2020 – Crawley Observer

website www.crawleyobserver.co.uk
email crawleyobserver@jpress.co.uk
phone 01403 751200

Plans for the expansion of Gatwick Airport have led to increased fears of a decline in air quality.

That’s according to the campaign group Communities Against Gatwick Noise and Emissions – CAGNE. They say that results of a survey carried out last autumn show that a decline in air quality was the top concern among people questioned.

Other concerns included increased rail and traffic congestion in the area, increase aircraft noise and more pressure on building on green spaces

The results also showed that 62 per cent of those surveyed said they did not support Gatwick bringing its current emergency runway into full-time regular use.

Other results, say CAGNE, showed that night flights are disliked, with more than 67 per cent of those questioned stating that night flights should be banned from 11.30pm till 6am.

The sixth CAGNE annual meeting is to be held on February 26 at the Copthorne Hotel, Copthorne Way, Copthorne at 7pm.

Drug Seizures – Crawley Observer

Seven People Arrested After Police Seize Drugs Worth More than £1m
19th February 2020 – Crawley Observer

website www.crawleyobserver.co.uk

By Sarah Page
email crawleyobserver@jpimedia.co.uk
phone 01403 751200

More than 1,400 cannabis plants worth around £1.2 million were seized by police when they raided 10 properties in Crawley as part of a major drugs swoop.

Seven people have been arrested and police say that Immigration Enforcement officials are currently investigating their status in the UK.

Four other people found at two of the Crawley addresses have been referred to specialist support services as potential victims of modern slavery, say police.

Cannabis Plants

Officers say that two other men, aged 31 and 32, from east London, have been interviewed on suspicion of human trafficking offences.

Police say they carried out the first raid on February 2 after they were called to a report of intruders at an address in Tennyson Close, Pound Hill.

Officers say they found around 800 cannabis plants in various stages of cultivation, together with equipment used for their cultivation.

Two men, aged 38 and 35, were arrested on suspicion of production of cannabis and, after being interviewed, were released under investigation.

Raids were then carried out at nine other addresses. A police spokesman said: “At every one, equipment for cannabis production was also found, and at eight of the addresses cannabis in various stages of cultivation was also found.”

A total of 110 cannabis plants were found an address in Cowfold Close, Bewbush, and 150 plants were found at an address in St Mary’s Drive, Pound Hill.

The spokesman added: “Two men both aged 21 were arrested on suspicion of cannabis cultivation and after being interviewed were released under investigation.”

A further 100 cannabis plants were found at an address in Lingfield Drive, Worth. “Two men aged 31 and 27, and a woman aged 35, were arrested on suspicion of cannabis cultivation and after being interviewed were released under investigation, ” said the police spokesman.

A number of people were questioned at an address in Woodfield Road, Northgate, but no arrests made. In a separate raid on a house in Dobson Road, Langley Green, police say they discovered around 20 mature cannabis plants.

A further 120 plants were found at three addresses, one in Alpha Road, West Green, and two in Forester Road, Southgate, say police.

Warrants were executed on Friday (February 14) at an address in Caburn Heights, Southgate, where 60 plants were discovered, and at an address in Gossops Drive where, say police, ‘a large number of plants was also found.’

Detective Inspector Cheryl Lewendon said: “We have completely disrupted a fully planned commercial project which appears to have been operating for several months, and was aimed at illegal drugs onto the Crawley and the surrounding area on a large scale.

“This is a large scale investigation in which we have had support from police and staff of our Crawley Prevention Enforcement Team, and also from colleagues across West Sussex as well as the force’s new Tactical Enforcement Unit.

“However our enquiries are continuing to trace other people we suspect of being involved in the organisation and management of these sites.

“Information from local people has already been key in exposing this project, and anyone with further information can contact us at any time either online or by calling 101, quoting Operation Forfar.

“You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Former Chairman – Keith Greenleaves

It is with great sadness that I inform you that Keith Greenleaves Former Chairman of the Pound Hill North Residents Association passed away on Friday 10th February 2020.

Keith became Chairman of the Association at the end of 2005 during the campaign against the Gas Holder travellers’ site proposal. Under his guidance the planning application for this site was challenged and ultimately dismissed.

He served as the Association Chairman for five years. Originally tendering his notice in 2008, however due to the lack of a replacement candidate he continued to extend his term until 2010.

Keith was passionate about the local community, he was diligent, methodical and professional. Keith was known for being ‘relentless’ pursuing issues with the authorities, and would always lead from the front.

On behalf of the Association I would like to pass on our condolences to Keith’s wife Iris and the rest of the family at this sad time.

Kevan McCarthy
Chairman PH(N)RA

The funeral arrangements are as follows: –

Friday 28th February 2020 at 2.45 in the Memorial Chapel at the Crematorium and afterwards at the Copthorne Hotel.

CCVS – Newsletter

A message from Tracey Martin (Crawley Community & Voluntary Service)

Dear Members,

Please see the latest e-Newsletter from Crawley CVS.

The latest newsletter contains sections on:

  • Fight Flu this winter
  • Age Well in West Sussex
  • Access to child and adolescent mental health services in 2019
  • DrinkCoach online coaching
  • The Charity Awards 2020
  • People’s Postcode Lottery grants
  • This Girl Can Community Fund
  • Funding to Help Young People in Transition to Secondary School
  • Grants for arts, health and wellbeing, and nature conservation
  • Weaver‘s Company Benevolent Fund
  • Understanding, Improving & Measuring well being
  • Free Digital Introduction with Design Hop

If you have any queries, or something you would like to appear in a future newsletter, please get in touch.
Kind regards,

Tracey Martin
Communications and Membership Manager
Crawley Community & Voluntary Services
Tel: phone 01293 657011

Please note that my usual working hours are 9.30 am to 4 pm, Monday to Thursday


Crawley Community & Voluntary Service
The Orchard
1-2 Gleneagles Court
Brighton Road
Crawley
RH10 6AD
Charity Number: 1094699
Company Number: 4488714

Telephone: phone 01293 657000
E-mail: email
info@crawleycvs.org

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CCVS member helpline phone 01293 657162: Available 10am – 3pm Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday

CCVS is an independent charity supported by Crawley Borough Council and West Sussex County Council

WSCC – Public Notice

West Sussex County Council
Temporary Traffic Regulation

websiteWorth Park Avenue, Crawley

NOTICE IS hereby given that in pursuance of the provisions of Section 14(2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act, 1984, as amended, the use of (and parking on) Worth Park Avenue Eastbound, Pound Hill opposite Three Bridges Train Station is temporarily prohibited from 22/02/20 at 20:00 until 23/02/20 at 08:00.

Road Closed signs will be in place either side of the closure at the nearest appropriate junctions.

The restriction will be in place Night-time only between 20:00 – 08:00.

This closure is necessary to allow Centurion Site Services on behalf of Network Rail to undertake the recovery of a signal structure from the railway bridge.

No access to be maintained.

The alternative route for traffic will be signed on site

This restriction will be effective for a maximum of 5 days from the start date given above.

Any queries about the effect of the closure on traffic using the highway please contact West Sussex County Council on phone 01243 642105.

Any queries about the works please contact Centurion on phone 01332 775360.
Dated 31 January 2020

Matt Davey
Head of Highways and Transport

website Report a problem with a road or pavement
website raise a highways related enquiry
phone 03302 227705
email street.works@westsussex.gov.uk

West-Sussex-County-Council-

website www.westsussex.gov.uk
Facebook www.facebook.com/West-Sussex-Matters

Gatwick Airport Community Trust

Gatwick Airport Community Trust GACTFunding Help For For Local Causes

Deadline For Grant Applications 16 March

Gatwick Airport Community Trust (GACT) can help your local community group to make 2020 a year to remember!

If you know of a local project that could do with some financial support, go to www.gact.org.uk.

Check to see if the project is eligible and if it falls within the Trust’s area of benefit, download the application form and send it to the address on the form.

Gatwick Airport Community Trust area map

Now in its 19th year, this independent charity has helped change many local lives and improved a wide range of community facilities across the area of benefit in parts of East and West Sussex, Surrey and Kent. During that time hundreds of projects in local communities around Gatwick Airport have benefitted from funds.

The Trust is keen to support schemes that benefit diverse sections of the local community and are targeted towards the development of young people, the arts, sporting facilities, environmental improvement and conservation, improvements to community facilities, volunteering, the elderly and the disabled.

Grant applications are assessed by a board of nine volunteer trustees who all bring local knowledge and expertise to the Trust ensuring that the money is used to the maximum benefit of the local community.

A map of the area of benefit can be viewed at www.gact.org.uk/area.php together with a full list of towns and villages in the area.

GACC Newsletter 111

Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign
Newsletter 16th January 2020

Gatwick’s Big Enough campaign update

In August 2019 GACC established the Gatwick’s Big Enough campaign to oppose the expansion plans set out in Gatwick’s master plan. GACC is leading the campaign working alongside community groups from around the airport.

To date we have:

  • Engaged with all the key stakeholders including MPs, councils, the Department for Transport, the Planning Inspectorate and the airport itself
  • Briefed MPs and councils on the likely consequences of Gatwick’s plans and on the significant gaps in the arrangements for approving or rejecting those plans
  • Presented at Gatwick’s Consultative Committee, GATCOM Commissioned legal advice on the best way to oppose Gatwick’s proposed main runway growth, which is not currently within the scope of the ongoing planning process
  • Worked with local groups to launch fund raising campaigns
  • Arranged and attended a number of awareness raising events in local communities.

A significant focus of our work to date has been to try to ensure that all Gatwick’s growth is subject to a rigorous, independent, planning process in which all parties can have a voice. Currently 60% of growth proposed by Gatwick would be from more intensive use of its main runway, which is not covered by the planning process. We believe that growth without scrutiny is unacceptable, against government policy and inconsistent with the law.

See GACC newsletter (link above) for further details.

For more information about Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign
phone 01293 863369
email info@gacc.org.uk
website www.gacc.org.uk
Facebook www.facebook.com/doyoucaregatwick

Alternatively contact directly
phone John Byng 01293 537234
phone Peter Barclay 01293 862821

Three Bridges Station

Three Bridges Station – Loss of right hand turn out of the station

Crawley Borough Council, in partnership with Govia Thameslink Railway, Network Rail and West Sussex County Council, has updated proposals to improve access to the site around Three Bridges Station.

Unfortunately, to realise station improvements the current proposal removes the right hand turn out of the station, with a suggestion that people wishing to go eastward should head down to the square-about in order to change direction.

A local resident has started an e-Petition on the Crawley Borough Councils website to encourage the developers to reconsider this aspect of the proposal.

Wording of the e-Petition

We the undersigned petition the council to commence a further consultation on this issue, including viable options for the retention of the right turn out of the station forecourt, and ensuring that the consultation period lasts for a sufficient period of time and is adequately publicised in order to ensure that all key stakeholders are able to participate fully.

We wish to register our concerns at the implications of the loss of the right turn out of Three Bridges Station proposed as part of the re-design proposals which have recently been the subject of consultation by Crawley Borough Council, due to the negative effects we believe this will have on local residents. We also wish to express our concern about the short timeframe in which the consultation took place, and the level of publicity afforded to ensuring that all interested parties were able to have their say effectively

Please ensure you use this link to leave any feedback –
e-Petition on the Crawley Borough Councils Website