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AUTUMN 2021 | ISSUE 98

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Lifeline emergency alarm service


Town Centre BID

12-13 What's on in Crawley? 14

Crawley Community Grants


Crawley Wellbeing Weight Off Workshop


New – Small electricals, textiles and battery collections


Tilgate Nature Centre experiences

Contacts 31

Council contacts


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Tilgate Nature Centre wins excellence in zoos award Tilgate Nature Centre has received a silver award for its Tilgate Bites Home Education programme from the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA). Throughout the first and third coronavirus lockdowns, Tilgate Nature Centre created daily home education activities to deliver and support primary science learning based on the national curriculum. It looked at adaptations, classification, minibeasts, conservation, evolution, reproduction, diets and anatomy through a range of activities including videos, games, stories, maths, history and geography, art, phonics resources, and much more.

BIAZA is the professional body representing the best zoos and aquariums in the UK and Ireland. The BIAZA awards celebrate excellence in zoos and aquaria in areas such as husbandry, conservation and education. For more information about Tilgate Nature Centre head to

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THAW – Talk, Heal and Walk This programme of free and confidential walking groups (of up to six people) accompanied by two qualified therapists, will meet in Crawley’s parks throughout the year. The walking schedule is flexible, taking place during both the daytime and evenings. The groups are open to Crawley residents aged over 18 who feel they would benefit from support reconnecting with other people or to share experiences of loss during the pandemic, whether through bereavement, work or other life changes. You’ll need to be able to walk for approximately 40 minutes at a steady pace, although wheelchair users and those with mobility scooters can also attend. Although you’re encouraged to use the time to focus on yourself, children under the age of one, either in a buggy or a carrier, are welcome. To join the next walks email or call 01403 217900. A counsellor will contact you by phone to talk about the walks and discuss what to expect before confirming your place.

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Help in an emergency at the touch of a button Call for help 24 hours a day, seven days a week

We’ll create a personal package to meet your needs, to help you live your life independently and safely.

Lifeline is a personal alarm in your home that links customers to people they can rely on 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It’s for people who have a disability, a medical condition or are retired and may need assistance in an emergency whether it’s a fall, a medical problem or bogus caller.

You can choose to pay by monthly Direct Debit, debit or credit card, online or over the phone. We can also send your bill to someone else if we have their permission.

The Lifeline pendant (red button), worn on a neck cord or wristband, is always within reach wherever you are in your home or garden. We can help you, or a loved one, keep your independence Anyone living in Crawley and the surrounding areas who feel they would benefit from a Lifeline can apply for one. It doesn’t matter if you’re a tenant or own your own home – you can rent the Lifeline and telecare equipment for as long as you need them.


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More names for wall of sporting excellence Crawley Borough Council and Everyone Active are asking for nominations for the second phase of the wall of sporting excellence at K2 Crawley. The wall, unveiled in 2019 and featuring sportspeople connected to Crawley, has become a fantastic feature in the leisure centre and highlights the town’s rich sporting history. The wall currently features Steve Arneil, karate; Nick Buckfield, pole vault; Paulo Da Silva, Muay Thai; Sharron Davies MBE, swimming; Katie-George Dunlevy, cycling; Sally Gunnell OBE, hurdles; Mick Jones, hammer throw; Jade Lally, discuss; Mick Leigh, judo; Alan Minter, boxing; Gareth Southgate OBE, football; Daley Thompson CBE, decathlon; Zara Williams, swimming. Each sporting hero is represented on the wall with a graphical portrait and information plaque. Now, the council and Everyone Active want to add to the wall. If you want to make suggestions for the next phase of selection, email before Monday 4 October.

Gareth Southgate OBE, manager of the England men’s football team, said: “Crawley has a proud sporting tradition and produces a great number of sportsmen and women who compete nationally and internationally. “Underpinning these achievements, many Crawley residents are actively engaged as coaches, volunteers, participants, administrators and spectators. I am proud to have grown up in Crawley where sport plays such an important role in the local community.” Katie-George Dunlevy, Paralympic cyclist, said: “Sport not only gave me a life beyond my wildest dreams but it has also saved it. I was diagnosed visually impaired at aged 11 with a progressive degenerative eye condition and faced with a potentially bleak future. However, when I found sport, I found a passion and a drive to be the best I could possibly be. “Living and training in and around Crawley all my life, I work extremely hard and K2 Crawley is where I do a lot of my work towards becoming the current Paralympic and World Champion that I am. I now travel the world doing what I do. I am immensely proud, as are my family and the sporting community in Crawley.”

From the Leader It’s with surprise I find myself now Crawley's second longest serving council leader, the longest serving of course being the late great Alf Pegler, whose serving I doubt will ever be equalled. While the years have gone in a flash, it’s amazing to see how much we have had to weather in that time. When I became Leader in 2014, the biggest question facing the council was if we could keep services running at all given the pressures we faced from the longest and hardest period of public sector cuts in the country's history. We found a way and until last year we managed to maintain the council's expenditure at consistently the same level, while balancing the budget, and despite having the lowest council tax increases in the county. Since then, we’ve had to navigate Crawley through the implications of Brexit on the ground and support the efforts of our NHS beating pandemic. COVID-19 recovery will be the priority for the next few years. The council itself has already taken most of the hard choices on the budget last year, but we now face major challenges in the town. Unemployment, the need to reskill for the jobs of the future, the mismatch between housing demand and its affordability, and the decline of retail on the High Street. Some new problems, some existing, all made far worse by COVID-19. It’s going to be a tough few years, but if looking back tells me anything it’s that any problem will eventually be overcome.

Councillor Peter Lamb Leader of Crawley Borough Council


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Town Centre BID In 2019, businesses in the town centre voted in favour of a Business Improvement District (Crawley Town Centre BID). The BID, a not-for-profit company, is financed by businesses within the area to deliver improvements in footfall, entertainment and accessibility. Crawley Town Centre BID is focusing on four key areas: SHOWCASED – Promoting the heart of the town to show how much Crawley has to offer to residents, potential businesses and visitors. CONNECTED – So many people and businesses have felt isolated over the last 18 months, so the BID is working hard to help them make connections and feel part of and proud of something bigger and better than before. SAFER – Working with the whole of Crawley’s community to improve the overall experience of visitors to the BID area, including the provision of Ambassadors who are providing a welcoming presence in the town centre. ENLIVENED – Helping to create a thriving town centre where people want to be through an engaging arts, culture and entertainment programme throughout the year. This kicked off with a launch event in August, Enliven: Stories of Strength, in partnership with Creative Crawley. Look out for details of monthly drop-in workshops where you can learn a new skill and have fun. For more information on future events and the BID’s work, follow them on social media or visit Meet the BID team:

Rachael Hughes Operations and Enlivenment Officer

Wendy Bell BID Manager

Jack Vowles Ambassador

Sarah Humphrey Ambassador

Keeping your garage secure Police regularly receive reports of garages that have been broken into. They’re often located in garage blocks, which are isolated from view and only visited occasionally. In many instances the locks or handles of the garage doors have been kicked and broken or doors have been forced with an instrument of some kind. There are ways you can improve the security of your garage to prevent yourself becoming a victim of crime. The police advice is: • Don’t leave valuables in your garage if you can avoid it. If there is no option but to store items in the garage, make sure items of value are insured •

Chain together garden equipment such as chainsaws and mowers and padlock to the concrete floor using secure fixings or a ground anchor, a high tensile cable or chain with a close shackle padlock. Ladders should always be locked away to stop a thief from using them

Add additional security such as padlocks and hasps to either side of the garage door and frame or into the concrete base. Don’t rely on the original garage door lock alone

• Cover windows, if your garage has any, so thieves can’t see what’s inside • Security mark items with your postcode, by engraving or painting, or by using an ultraviolet marker pen • Check your garage regularly. If you see anything suspicious call 999 in an emergency or 101 for non-emergencies or visit to report online. If you have any information to help the police apprehend the offenders, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Race for Life 18 September, Tilgate Park Join Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life and help raise money for research into all 200 types of cancer. • • • • •

Crawley Pretty Muddy Kids – 11.15am Crawley Pretty Muddy 5k – 12.15pm Crawley 10k – 1.30pm Crawley 5k – 2.15pm Crawley 3k – 3.30pm

London to Brighton Electric Vehicle Rally 18 September, Ifield Community College The inaugural event starts in Westminster, London passing through Crawley en-route to the finish at Madeira Drive in Brighton. The rally is open to participants with electric vehicles of all types, shapes and sizes. Around 60 vehicles are expected to take part. Find out more and see the full route at

Crawley Festival’s Cultural Kitchen, Memorial Gardens 18 September from 12 noon to 4pm With participation and food demonstrations from Crawley’s Portuguese, Kashmir, Caribbean, Chagossian, Nigerian and Tamil communities.

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Empirical Events Wedding Fair, Tilgate Park 19 September The fair, which is free to attend, will showcase a wide range of trusted, local suppliers in an outdoor marquee who are on hand to discuss everything you’ll need to plan the wedding of your dreams including catering, bridal wear and entertainment. Register for tickets at

Black History Month 2 October, Crawley Museum from 12 noon-4pm An exhibition with themes From Slavery to Royalty, Windrush scandal update, Black Lives Matter update and Chagossian Islands’ history.

World Food Day – Mary's Meals 16 October, Crawley Museum from 12 noon-2pm A talk about the charity that provides life-changing meals to some of the world’s poorest children every day they attend school. and an opportunity to donate.

Halloween in Queens Square 30 October from 12 noon-4pm Children’s workshops, activities, storytelling, street performers and face painting.

RM Sotheby's London to Brighton Veteran Car Run 7 November, High Street Watch the classic cars – from the early 1890s to the 1900s – on the 60-mile route as they pass through Crawley on their way to the finishing line in Brighton.

BACKSTAGE Saturday 18 September, Memorial Gardens 12 noon-5pm Once again, Crawley Festival will showcase the best of local talent and encourage a sense of pride and community spirit, bringing together people from all cultural backgrounds to share and celebrate who and what we are. Come along to the Memorial Gardens to meet representatives from many local groups and see what opportunities there are for getting involved with your community. Be entertained by a diverse mix of music, dance and children's activities, and enjoy a range of food and drink from local vendors. Free admission.

Details will be available at and shared on their social media channels. If you would like to be involved with future Crawley Festival events, get in touch via the contact form on the festival website or email

Crawley Borough Council Small Grants Scheme The scheme has a focus on fostering greater levels of community connectivity and cohesion. Awards of up to £2,500 will be made to support local projects, voluntary organisations and community groups in Crawley. Project proposals should be submitted to

Crawley community clubs re-open with Age UK West Sussex, Brighton and Hove The Sunny Side Up Café in Town Barn Road, West Green opened its doors in July thanks to a £29,493 grant awarded by Crawley Borough Council. The new café, provided by Age UK West Sussex, Brighton and Hove, is aimed at people over 50 and is open from 9am-1pm every Wednesday. Visitors can order a home-made lunch, cake of the day or order something from the specials board as well as a light breakfast menu and snacks. Weather permitting, people will be able to sit in the lovely garden, which was given a makeover during the lockdown.

There are new groups and activities being launched soon with the support of Crawley Borough Council's Community Grants. The clubs are also looking for volunteers for a wide range of roles. To find out more call 01293 544144 or email

Courage-Dyer Recreational Trust 

The aim of the Courage-Dyer Recreational Trust, a charity administered by Crawley Borough Council, is to assist in the funding of projects which will create and encourage recreational opportunities for residents of Crawley and the Parish of Rusper. Applications can only be considered for projects which provide recreation or leisure facilities for local residents, for new or improved facilities or major work to keep existing facilities in good repair. Land, buildings, vehicles or equipment are all eligible for assistance and every age group is catered for, with priority being given to projects which help children. Grants will not be given to profit-making organisations.


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Trustees will give particularly favourable consideration to projects that: 

• Seek to increase participation in sport and other leisure activities 

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District Heat Network celebrates the halfway milestone Construction of the new District Heat Network (DHN) energy centre has passed the halfway milestone with good progress made during the pandemic. Once completed, the DHN will supply affordable heat and hot water for connected residents and businesses at the new Town Hall, John Brackpool Close, Geraint Thomas House and the proposed residential development to be sited on the location of the current Town Hall. The DHN is due to be operational in February. Works completed so far on the DHN include: Site set up including conversion of an area of the Town Hall multi-storey car park to welfare facilities and site office, erection of site hoarding, and connection of temporary water and electricity to the site. Ground works including the digging of all trenches to contain all power and data cables.

Creation of the foundations and concrete bases for the new substation and DHN building frame. Construction and fit out of the control room for the DHN. Completion of DHN trenching and pipework to John Brackpool Close and Geraint Thomas House, ensuring future connection to the DHN. Installation of a new substation to provide the power for the DHN. Starting construction of the DHN superstructure (steel building frame) which coincided with the completion of the incoming services to site. Installation of the building flues. The next phase will see the new substation coming online and the roof structure being built.

This is how you can support the homeless: • Diverted giving; donate money and items directly to charities or look out for contactless terminals to donate on the go • Volunteer your time. Charities need help organising donations, cooking meals or general support • If you see someone sleeping rough, tell StreetLink, they connect rough sleepers with local support services.

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Weight off workshop Are you looking to lose some weight? Crawley Wellbeing is offering a free, 12-week, weight loss course with the option to attend face-to-face, via video call, telephone or through our tablet loan scheme*. The focus is on providing you with advice and support to make healthy and sustainable lifestyle changes. Twelve, weekly, 45-minute sessions involving: • Weekly advice and support from a trained advisor • 12 different nutritional topics delivered each week • Weekly exercise sessions • Ongoing support to help you reach your goals. *Eligibility criteria applies.

Contact us For more information about the course email or complete our online form at: or call us on 01293 585317.

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Recycle your old textiles and small electricals Small amounts of clean, dry, unwanted textiles and old or broken small electrical items can be put next to your bins in tied carrier bags for collection. Print a textiles or small electricals label at or make your own and attach it to your bags to identify the contents. Please recycle little and often as space on our collection vehicle is limited. Please remove any batteries from your small electricals.

Yes please A few examples: small kitchen appliances, DVD players, hairdryers, games consoles and power tools. Leave cables and plugs attached.

No thanks Vacuum cleaners, light bulbs, TVs and monitors (any size), laptops, printers, fridges and freezers, washing machines, cookers and microwaves.

Batteries: Place ON TOP of your rubbish bin

Small electricals: Place NEXT TO your rubbish bin

Yes please Paired shoes, clothes, lightweight curtains, bed sheets, blankets, towels, bras, handbags and belts.

No thanks Duvets, pillows, cushions, rugs, carpets, heavy drape curtains and blankets, charity bags or black sacks.

New way to recycle your household batteries Put your batteries in a small clear plastic bag (such as a sandwich bag) or clean plastic pot or tub with a lid and place it on top of your rubbish bin on collection day. Please do not place batteries inside your recycling or rubbish bin as they can cause fires if they end up in the wrong place. For more information and advice, visit or call 01293 438772.

Textiles: Place NEXT TO your REDtop bin

NEW FLOOD WARNING SYSTEM FOR TILGATE AND FURNACE GREEN RESIDENTS The Environment Agency is using the latest technology to monitor rainfall, river and tide levels 24 hours a day to forecast flooding. You will receive a flood warning when properties in your area are expected to flood. The accuracy of flood warnings improves over time as more data is gathered and a better understanding of how the river reacts to heavy rainfall. In the short term, as this is a brand new service, there may be a higher than normal occurrence of false alarms. In some built up residential areas, flooding can happen extremely quickly after heavy rain. This means that flooding could occur very soon after a flood warning is issued, so you may need to act fast. In some circumstances there may be no time to issue a flood warning in advance so be prepared, know the signs to look out for and stay alert. It is important for the Environment Agency to verify what happens every time a flood warning is issued

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to improve the service. To do this, staff are deployed to affected areas to validate flood extents and warning alarm levels to improve their accuracy. You can help by reporting and recording any actual flooding to Floodline on 0345 988 11 88 or the Incident Communication Service on 0800 80 70 60.

Register now Fully register your details now to get the best experience of the flood warning service. It's free and you can choose to be sent: • Warnings which indicate that flooding to property is expected • Flood alerts, which indicate that flooding is possible • Warnings and alerts by text message, recorded voice message or email • Warnings and alerts about more than one location. Make the most of the free service by giving five ways to reach you, wherever you are.

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Support your local community hospital Why not join the 100 Club at The League of Friends of Crawley Hospitals? As an associate member, you’ll be supporting their fundraising activities with the provision of extra equipment and amenities for patients using Crawley hospitals. Associate membership costs £16 a year with half the fee going towards the monthly 100 Club lottery draw. The monthly prizes are: £50 January, March, May and September £25 February, April, June, August, October and November £100 July £300 December If you are interested, please contact Lone Sarosi, Membership Secretary, on 07789 953447 or for further details and an application form. You can make a world of difference to patients and staff at Crawley Hospital. BUS HH CL Advert 1 Support Bus 105X130mm Apr 21 R 3 PRINT.qxp_Layout 1 26/04/20



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The cost-effective, convenient and environmentally-friendly way to recycle your garden waste. Sign up 24/7 via myCrawley or find out more at

Protecting employment areas from housing New moves to protect Crawley’s employment areas from housing are being made by Crawley Borough Council, following government changes to permitted development rights. Currently in Manor Royal, Lowfield Heath, Maidenbower Business Park, Three Bridges Corridor and Tilgate Forest Business Centre, office, light industrial and warehouse premises cannot be converted to housing without planning permission. The council adopted Article 4 directions which removed permitted development rights (allowing the conversion of certain property uses to housing without a need for planning permission) following concerns raised by the council and business community that residential development in employment areas is having a negative impact on the operation of these areas and the supply of business land.

The council also had concerns about the quality of life for anyone living in these areas, which can be noisy, busy places that don’t have the supporting facilities found in the town’s residential neighbourhoods. Recent government changes to the use classes for planning mean that the council now has to take new measures to protect employment land from being turned into housing. The council has chosen to pursue non-immediate Article 4 directions, which are subject to a 12-month notification period, including a statutory consultation period. Details of the Article 4 Directions and consultation materials can be viewed at and paper copies are also available at Crawley Library.

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Fancy being a zookeeper for the day? The meerkats have welcomed their adoring fans once more! Of all the animals in the Nature Centre, they have missed the public the most. And after months of waiting, the meet the meerkats experience has resumed. Joined by the curious yellow mongooses, the new meerkat enclosure is a hive of constant activity. The new enclosure is wheelchair accessible and has a large indoor area, allowing visitors to meet the meerkats come rain or shine. Far from being nervous of their new dinner guests, the meerkats have flocked to welcome people back with open paws, especially if they come with mealworms to eat! Over on the domestic zone, the more boisterous goats are also enjoying having visitors. They are an irrepressible bunch with an insatiable appetite. Armed with plenty of tasty field maple, beech or hazel and a few choice veggies, visitors can now meet and feed the goats. Their various personalities shine through, as Nigel pushes his way to the front to snag the best treats while Norris jumps up like a friendly puppy to try his luck.

The Group Keeper experience has proved to be a big hit too. Children and adults have enjoyed meeting a variety of animals up close and getting a taste of what working with animals is like. The experience allows participants to range all over the zoo and try their hand at the different facets of zookeeping, such as falconry, feeding, enrichment and general husbandry. The animal collection has continued to grow with the addition of the adorably small Brazilian cavies. These small, speedy rodents are ancestors of domestic guinea pigs. In keeping with the South American theme, the alpacas have also started to have their babies – the first born in mid-August. Shaky on their feet at first, they’re soon running around the enclosure and grow in confidence every day. And the newest baby is very fluffy and woolly. He’s not to be missed!

For more information and to book your experiences visit

Expert advice on paying for care Long-term care in your own home or in a residential care home is expensive, but with expert advice from independent financial specialists, Carewise can help you to make informed decisions on choosing and paying for the right care. The Carewise care fees specialists are regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and members of the Society of Later Life Advisers, so you can have peace of mind when discussing your finances. Carewise could also help to protect your finances for the future. Contact Carewise to find out how you could benefit.


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Gatwick Airport is running a 12-week consultation from 9 September on its proposal to use its northern (emergency) runway as a second runway. Further information is available at and there will be more in the next issue of Crawley Live.

Our Invest4 Grant Fund can award up to £5,000 to start-ups and up to £170,000 to growing businesses to help them to grow faster.



Over 90% of applications to the fund are successful.

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Since Tilgate Park first opened its gates for couples to get married, weddings and receptions of all varieties have taken place in this truly special venue.

So if you’re hoping to get married in winter or summer, this fantastically novel venue is available all year round for you and your partner to say ‘I do’. For more information about getting married at Tilgate Park visit

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Crawley saw its first ever Fusion Street Festival take place in August across Memorial Gardens and Queens Square, bringing vibrant and diverse arts to the town centre. Produced by Cohesion Plus in partnership with Crawley Borough Council and supported by Arts Council England, the event saw shoppers turn out in their hundreds to watch the colourful festivities despite the ever-fluctuating, Great British weather! Visit and search for Crawley Borough Council or scan the QR to see a video of the day.

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No parking at your property? No problem. Orchard Street multi-storey car park could be the answer! If you have limited or no parking facilities or find it difficult to park outside your property with more people at home during the day, why not park at Orchard Street multi-storey? The car park, awarded the Park Mark from the British Parking Association, offers 24-hour access, safe and secure parking with upgraded technology including Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) entry, high-quality CCTV and LED lighting.

Discounted season tickets are available for residents. Payments can be split monthly via Direct Debit: Three months: £216.00 Six months: £405.00 12 months: £720.00 Email for further information. To apply for a season ticket visit

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Crawley Social Prescribing project Crawley Social Prescribing project, funded by the West Sussex Commissioners and hosted by Crawley Community Action, helps people to regain quality of life and improve physical and mental wellbeing by enabling easy access to local, community-based services, groups and activities. John, a fundraiser, was referred by his GP to access support at the start of April. By listening to John`s story, he was connected with the Talk, Heal and Walk (THAW, see page five) project allowing him to participate in a ‘walk and talk’ activity around Tilgate Park, delivered by the Crawley and Horsham Counselling Group. Crawley Social Prescribing linked John with the St Catherine’s fundraising team to merge his own journey to better health with a good cause by fundraising for the hospice.

You can find out more at

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House fire candle warning Firefighters at West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service are urging residents not to leave burning candles unattended after a house fire in Crawley. The service is also reminding residents of the importance of having working smoke alarms and that they are tested regularly. The warnings come after fire crews attended an incident where a fire began upstairs in the property after a candle was left burning by an open window and curtains while the family was downstairs. Unfortunately, while they had a smoke alarm fitted, there weren’t any batteries in it. The first they knew of the fire was when a neighbour banged on their front door to alert them.


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It’s recommended that every household has a working smoke alarm fitted to each floor of their property and tested at least once a week. A working smoke alarm is your best defence when a fire breaks out, ensuring you and your family have the earliest possible warning that something is wrong. You can find more information at

Council contacts

County Councillors

In an emergency If there is an emergency, the Government’s advice is to ‘go in, stay in and tune in’. These are the frequencies of local radio stations: BBC Sussex Radio 104.8 and 95.3 FM

SuSy Radio 103.4 FM

Heart Sussex 102.4 and 103.5 FM

Runway Radio

More Radio Mid Sussex 106.4 and 106.8 FM

Crawley Borough Councillors Bewbush and North Broadfield Marion Ayling – Labour 07886 920815 Rory Fiveash – Independent 07557 895585 Michael Jones – Labour 07944 578872 Broadfield Ian Irvine – Labour 01293 439503 Kiran Khan – Labour 07787 222314 Tim Lunnon – Labour 07763 735143 Furnace Green Duncan Crow – Conservative 01293 888564 Carol Eade – Conservative 01293 614216 Gossops Green and North East Broadfield Zack Ali – Conservative 07787 222315 Chris Mullins – Labour 01293 511069 Ifield Josh Bounds – Conservative 07787 222316 Sandra Buck – Labour 07787 222317

Peter Smith – Labour 07703 502430 Langley Green and Tushmore Shahzad Malik – Labour 07765 314254 Sue Mullins – Labour 01293 511069 Brenda Smith – Labour 01293 613149

Kevan McCarthy – Conservative 07879 841570 Pound Hill South and Worth Andrew Belben – Conservative 01293 884526 Bob Lanzer – Conservative 01293 884789 Alison Pendlington – Conservative 07342 079056

Maidenbower Kim Jaggard – Conservative 07974 205104 Jennifer Millar-Smith – Conservative 07788 327925 Duncan Peck – Conservative 07900 227211

Southgate Morgan Flack – Labour 07930 399806 Mike Pickett – Labour 01293 452255 Simon Piggott – Conservative 07787 222311

Northgate and West Green Gurinder S. Jhans – Labour 07468 709555 Peter Lamb – Labour 07729 167084 Smita Raja – Labour 07787 222307

Three Bridges Bob Burgess – Conservative 01293 441204 Brenda Burgess – Conservative 01293 441204 Atif Nawaz – Labour 07787 222308

Pound Hill North and Forge Wood Tina Belben – Conservative 01293 884526 Richard Burrett – Conservative 01293 522338

Tilgate Michelle Morris – Conservative 07787 222313 Maureen Mwagale – Conservative 07557 849286

Council meetings are taking place virtually until further notice. Members of the public can watch the meetings via an online link that will be published on the morning of the meeting. For more details of the meetings visit or call 01293 438549. Meetings start at 7pm unless otherwise stated.

Contact the council You can contact the council in a number of ways: Call: 01293 438000 during office hours and for out of hours emergencies Minicom: 01293 405202 for the deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired Fax: 01293 511803 Email: Website:

Your MP Henry Smith MP 01293 934554 or 020 7219 7043 To make an appointment to see Henry Smith MP please contact him on 01293 934554 or email

Bewbush and Ifield West Chris Oxlade – Labour 07710 900813 Broadfield Brian Quinn – Labour 01293 512650 Langley Green and Ifield East Alison Cornell – Labour 07917 228646 Maidenbower and Worth Bob Lanzer – Conservative 01293 884789 Northgate and West Green Natalie Pudaloff – Labour 07763 905279 Pound Hill Richard Burrett – Conservative 01293 522338 Southgate and Gossops Green Zack Ali – Conservative 07944 578872 Three Bridges Brenda Burgess – Conservative 01293 441204 Tilgate and Furnace Green Duncan Crow – Conservative 01293 888564

Council meetings Meetings will take place at the Charis Centre, West Green and start at 7pm unless otherwise stated. • Governance Committee 21 September • Council-owned neighbourhood parade Scrutiny Panel 22 September • Overview and Scrutiny Panel 27 September • Planning Committee 28 September, 7.30pm • Cabinet 29 September • Audit Committee 30 September • Full Council 20 October, 7.30pm • Overview and Scrutiny Panel 1 November • Planning Committee 2 November • Licensing Committee 8 November • Governance Committee 16 November • Overview and Scrutinty Panel 22 November • Cabinet 24 November

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