Crawley Borough Council – Press Release

PR 10635
07 August 2020

Have your say on walking and cycling plan for Crawley

Crawley Borough Council has published a draft long-term plan for a network of cycle routes in the town and wants to hear what you think.

During the pandemic we are all finding out how important walking and cycling is for personal and public health, mobility and in reducing traffic problems, but the council was working on a cycling and walking plan for the town long before Covid-19 struck.

Crawley’s Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) is now available at website along with a short survey for you to share your thoughts.

The council has long been keen to develop its cycling infrastructure to a high standard for safe, practical cycling, to improve street space for walking and reduce car dependency.

The LCWIP is based on government guidance on how to analyse travel needs and determine the best routes and areas for improvement. Crawley’s plan was developed in partnership with West Sussex County Council.

The Crawley LCWIP cycle network comprises 16 routes with initial ideas for improvements and estimated costs. Each route will be subject to discussion and detailed design work involving residents and business when they are ready to be taken forward.

The LCWIP analyses the town centre for walkability and identifies improvements needed. Further work across the town’s neighbourhoods is to be undertaken, using LCWIP methods.

Councillor Gurinder Jhans, Cabinet member for Environmental Services and Sustainability, said: “The government has recently announced an increase in funding for cycling and funding will only be available for high quality schemes based on well-thought out infrastructure plans. The council is committed to ensuring that the town is ready for these opportunities.

“We want Crawley residents to take a key role in conversations on how we make our neighbourhoods truly walkable and safe for everyone to cycle. The LCWIP will help us in this process.

“We know walking and cycling has a number of benefits for mental and physical health, as well as for our environment. During lockdown, we’ve seen more people take up active travel which saw improvements in our air quality – a trend we’d all like to see continue. I’d like to encourage as many people as possible to take part in this consultation, so together we can make the town’s infrastructure safer, more accessible and more attractive to encourage more people to cycle and walk.”

To have your say visit website before the closing date of Monday 14 September.

For more information email email

WSCC – Public Notice

West Sussex County Council

(Crawley Borough) Parking Places And Traffic Regulation
(Consolidation) Order 2010
Byron Close & Various Roads Amendment Order 201*

Permission has been granted to advertise a proposed Traffic Order the effect of which will be to introduce lengths of prohibition of waiting at all times (double yellow lines) on sections of both sides of Byron Close, Park Way, Chaucer Road and Wordsworth Close.

As part of the legal process West Sussex County Council is required under the Road Traffic Regulation Act to undertake a formal consultation with you. I am pleased to attach a weblink. This will enable you to view:

  • Plans showing the proposed waiting restrictions
  • Statement of Reasons for proposing to install the crossing & make the Order
  • Draft Order
  • Public Notice

Crawley Live TRO Consultations

If you have any problems accessing the consultation documents via the link please contact me immediately.

In the usual way if you wish to express support or raise an objection about any part of the proposal please e-mail email, or write to TRO Team, West Sussex County Council, The Grange, Tower Street, Chichester, PO19 1RH quoting reference TRO/CRW1902/RC

Please note the statutory consultation period ends on 26 August 2020 and any comments you wish us to take into consideration should be received before this date.

Kind Regards

Rebecca Caney
FCILeX Legal Officer Chichester, Crawley & Horsham TRO Team

Place Services
Highways, Transport & Planning
West Sussex County Council

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WSCC – Public Notice

West Sussex County Council
Temporary closure of Balcombe Road, Pound Hill, 22nd July 2020

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that from the date specified below, West Sussex County Council has temporarily closed to all traffic Balcombe Road, Pound Hill, in the Crawley District under Section 14(2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, as amended, on Balcombe Road between junctions with Radford Road to junction with Antlands Roundabout

websiteBalcombe Road, Crawley

The temporary closure is scheduled to commence on 22nd July 2020 for up to 5 days (It is estimated to be completed on 23rd July 2020) and is required for the safety of the public and workforce while West Sussex County Council undertakes a road Closure to allow Balfour Beatty to undertake carriageway patching works.

The restriction will be in place day-time only from 09:00 until 17:00
An alternative route will be signed on site but please visit for more details.

Access for emergency service vehicles and pedestrians will be maintained at all times during the closure.

For information regarding this closure please contact West Sussex County Council on phone 01243 642105 who will able to assist with scope of these works.

Dated 29th June 2020

Matt Davey
Head of Highways and Transport

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phone 03302 227705



Southern Water – Water Usage

A message from Charlie Palmer (Policy Manager Southern Water)

Due to the combined impacts of recent hot weather and increased household consumption following lockdown restrictions, people across our North Sussex Water Resources Zone (which stretches from north of Chichester to Crawley) are using eight million litres a day more than usual. Across our region, consumption is 13% higher than usual, based on an average of the last five years.

While the weather is expected to be cooler in the coming weeks, and lockdown restrictions are being gradually eased, we’re asking for our customers’ – support to save water. Please see the infographic below which shows the increase in daily use compared to an average over the last five years as well as some water efficiency tips.

This is a joint effort and our operations colleagues are working hard to maintain water pressure and keep customers in supply. Since April, our field teams have found and fixed almost 4,500 leaks – potentially saving 46.5 million litres per day. This includes more than 260 leaks we’ve helped our customers find and fix on their own pipework.

We’re providing regular updates through our Twitter and Facebook pages, so please check those regularly for the latest updates.


phone M 01903 272893
phone M 07900 704323


News from Gatwick Airport Limited

A message from Alison Addy (Gatwick Airport Limited)

I would like to update you about changes to Gatwick’s operations.

From 15th June operating hours will increase to 06:00-22:00 and North Terminal operations will resume with easyJet, Wizz Air, Ryanair, Belavia, Vueling and Blue Island flights. Whilst we have remained open throughout the COVID-19 epidemic – for repatriation flights and for the transportation of key medical supplies – we have hugely scaled back operations, including consolidating into our South Terminal.

This is a positive first step in helping our sector to recover. The recovery will be slow, and we continue to push the government to help our industry, not least through the replacement of the 14-day quarantine system with more evidence-based, country-by-country measures that allow for travel when safe to do so.

The health of our staff and passengers remains our top priority. As such, key measures at the airport will include:

  • Passengers will be required to wear a face covering throughout the airport with Gatwick staff mandated to wear face coverings in passenger-facing areas of the terminals. Face mask vending machines will also be made available at the airport;
  • Encouraging good hand hygiene with ample, well signposted hand washing facilities and numerous hand sanitising stations – including touch-free models – throughout;
  • Frequent, enhanced deep cleaning of common-use surfaces throughout the airport with dedicated teams visible to respond to any passenger concerns on cleanliness;
  • Social distancing procedures in place at check in, security, gate rooms, seating in departure halls and in restaurants, bars and shops;
  • Installation of Perspex screens throughout the terminals, including check in desks, and gate rooms.

As we ramp up operations, sustainability will continue to be a key part of our strategy. We have just published our latest Decade of Change report on how we are doing on a range of sustainability measures. The report can be found here. In 2019 we continued to deliver in all areas while increasing our focus on local economic and community initiatives, further improving our recycling rate, and collaborating with industry partners on the roadmap to decarbonise UK aviation. We have committed publicly to become a net zero airport well before 2050, and to play our part in UK aviation getting there too. As we evolve our next Decade of Change plan, we’ll seek to build on what we have already achieved.

We know the importance of a strong Gatwick to the region and to the country as a whole. That is why we are doing everything we can to get our sector moving and help fuel the economic recovery. I hope you will do all you can to help support our endeavours over the coming weeks, but also through the expected turbulent years ahead. We have been clear on what is needed from government, which includes:

  1. Make borders fair: Develop risk-based quarantine rules and Foreign Office advice on a country-by-country basis, and build ‘air bridges’ between countries
  2. Unlock capacity: Allow airlines to take over vacant slots through a resumption of ‘use it or lose it’ slot allocation rules
  3. Protect jobs: Extend the furlough scheme to April 2021, protecting thousands of jobs in airports and airlines
  4. Free up communities: Allow airports the same business rate exemptions as other businesses, freeing up local authorities from rate collection
  5. Streamline regulation: Provide a common-sense approach to regulation and fees for the Civil Aviation Authority, air traffic control, and others

We appreciate your continuing support.

Kind regards,


Alison Addy
Head of Community Engagement
phone M 0744 959 3171

Update on Grass Cutting

This message forwarded on behalf of Crawley Borough Council regarding work carried out by the Network Services Team.

Dear Crawley Resident

The Neighbourhood Services Team has been busy every day since the start of the pandemic. They team has taken care of essential maintenance work such as litter picking, dog and litter bin emptying, fly-tip removal, graffiti and responded to any urgent grounds maintenance requests. They have also been vital in supporting the council’s emergency response at the food distribution hub at K2 Crawley, delivered thousands of leaflets across the borough, assisted the council’s waste contractor, Biffa, with bulky collections and bin deliveries and assisted the Housing Cleansing Team. Other non-essential grounds maintenance work such as grass cutting was temporarily stopped to adhere to the Government’s guidelines (i.e. grass cutting was not essential work) and to support our emergency response efforts.

On Tuesday 26 May, the teams switched from their emergency response teams back into their Patch Teams so they can continue the essential maintenance work (listed above) and begin the unenviable task of tackling the two million square metres of neighbourhood grass cutting. The grass needs to be attended to now; if it grows any more our machinery won’t be able to cut it.

The teams are currently cutting in various neighbourhoods across the town. The work will take longer than normal due to the sheer volume of grass that needs cutting and the additional safety measures and different work methods that have been introduced to protect the staff and the residents they serve. The finished quality of cut will be below the normal standard for a while; the teams are doing the best job they can in very difficult circumstances, so we appreciate your understanding at this time.

There has been a fair number of positive comments on social media and emails into the council regarding the wildflowers in roadside verges. Whilst there is growing support for wildflower areas there is a larger contingent of residents who continue to request that verges are cut. We will hopefully continue our work next winter/spring season, expanding the number of wildflower areas in places where it is appropriate.

CORONAVIRUS – WASH YOUR HANDS MORE OFTEN FOR 20 SECONDS Use soap and water or a hand sanitiser when you: • Get home or into work • Blow your nose, sneeze or cough • Eat or handle food

Crawley Wellbeing

This message forwarded on behalf of Crawley Borough Council regarding Crawley Wellbeing and the services they are providing.

Dear Crawley Resident

Crawley Wellbeing, part of Crawley Borough Council, are a Health and Wellbeing provision that offers support and signposting to residents of Crawley. Throughout COVID-19, we are offering telephone and online support, with areas offered including: nutrition, weight management, alcohol, exercise, smoking cessation, low mood, sleep and general wellbeing.
If you feel you would benefit from any of our services and for more information please contact us.

Image To contact us please call us on 01293 585317/01293 585350 – we are not in the office at the moment but we can still answer the phones. If we do not answer, please do not leave a message but keep trying to reach us.
Image – if you can’t get hold of us on the phone, please feel free to email and we will reply as soon as we can.
Image – all our information will be on here and will be updated regularly.
Image – we are planning some live posts to keep you active and engaged with your continued health and wellbeing. Please check regularly and leave your comments on how you think we are doing; we will react to new ideas where we can.

We realise that this is a really difficult time for everyone but we want you to know that we are here to support you. Please check our websites and our Facebook page and get in touch if you need us.
Kind regards

The Crawley Wellbeing Team

Kathryn Ripley
Community Development Manager
Crawley Borough Council

phone 01293 438633 / 07833 083700

CORONAVIRUS – WASH YOUR HANDS MORE OFTEN FOR 20 SECONDS Use soap and water or a hand sanitiser when you: • Get home or into work • Blow your nose, sneeze or cough • Eat or handle food

Southern Water Covid-19 Help

Extra support for customers during Covid-19

We’ve expanded the support available for customers during the current pandemic. These measures are in addition to the support we already offer. Information about all the support we offer can be found here.

We’re continually reviewing the support we offer and urge any customer struggling to pay to get in touch, let us know and find out how we can support them.

Additional support we’re offering
We know the current crisis will have a financial impact on many of our customers so we’ve increased the support we offer to people in vulnerable circumstances.

  • Three-month payment breaks for any customer impacted by the virus
  • Automatic renewal of support tariffs so customers don’t need to worry about reapplying
  • Accepting referrals to our priority services register from trusted third-parties, such as councils, emergency services and Citizens Advice, and family members

Registering for support
Given the unusually large volumes of calls we are experiencing, the best way to contact us is:

Existing financial assistance programmes

  • Essentials provides a discount for customers on low incomes or pension credit
  • WaterSure caps bills when a customer on means-tested benefits has a water meter and meets certain criteria, such as having certain medical conditions or 3 children under 19
  • Water Direct allows Jobcentre Plus to pay Southern Water directly from a customer’s benefits
  • NewStart helps reduce debt for customers who owe money or haven’t made a payment for a while

Customers may be eligible for multiple financial support schemes, depending on their circumstances. More information about all of these, including the criteria for them, is on our website at

We’re providing regular updates through our Twitter and Facebook pages, so please check those regularly for the latest updates.


NHS Volunteer Responders

Your NHS needs you! Join our team today.

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.

Your NHS needs you! Join our team today.

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’.

Join Us Today

Lower Hollow Copse Travellers Site

Revised Plan for Gypsy and Traveller Site
26th February 2020 – Crawley Observer

By Joshua Powling

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:

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).