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Contents News and updates MyCrawley Sign up for e-newsletters

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Community 5

2021 census

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Coronavirus support and advice

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Budget and Council Tax

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New Town Hall progress

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Zero tolerance for giving false information

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Crawley Wellbeing Weight Off Workshop

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Crawley Community Awards 2021 – open now for nominations

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GREENbin collection service

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Crawley College STEM Centre

Contacts 31

Council contacts

Editor Samantha Sheppard Design Crawley Borough Council Published by Crawley Borough Council, Town Hall, The Boulevard, Crawley, West Sussex RH10 1UZ

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The census is coming Sunday 21 March By taking part, you can help inform decisions about services that shape your community, such as healthcare, education and transport. It’s important that you fill in your census questionnaire because it provides the most detailed information we have about our society. Without the information you share, it’d be more difficult to understand our community’s needs and plan and fund public services. Census Day takes place on Sunday 21 March and you have until the beginning of May to complete it.

The Office for National Statistics aims to make things as easy as possible for everyone, but if you need help taking part in the census, there’s a wide range of support services available. You can request support for yourself, or someone else, including: • • •

Guidance and help in many languages and formats A paper version of the questionnaire, if you prefer Accessible census guidance, for example, in braille.

There is a help area on the census website; it covers everything from who to include on the questionnaire to how to answer each question. If you cannot find what you need there, there’s a dedicated contact centre where census staff will be on hand to give help over the phone, in a web chat or on social media. Visit census.gov.uk

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Apply now for a business grant

Apply today at grantapproval.co.uk These are the types of grant available to Crawley businesses affected by Covid-19 restrictions. Grant name

Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed businesses)

Local Restrictions Support Grant (open businesses)

Additional Restrictions Discretionary Grant

Status

Find out which scheme your business may be eligible for and the evidence you will need to provide when you apply. Description

Businesses made to close during the November 2020 lockdown Businesses made to Currently close from 26 December open for applications due to Tier 4 restrictions Businesses made to close in the lockdown beginning on 5 January 2021 Currently open for applications

Businesses financially impacted by the tier 2 restrictions from 2-25 December

Currently open for applications

Businesses financially impacted by the November 2020 lockdown Businesses financially impacted by the lockdown beginning on 5 January 2021

Priority sectors

Up to £3,000 All

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Up to £1,500 Up to £18,214 (LRSG and CBLP)

Leisure, hospitality and bed and breakfast

Up to £1,050

Up to £3,000 All

For more information visit crawley.gov.uk/coronavirus and gov.uk/coronavirus

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Grant value

Up to £9,000


Coronavirus support There is lots of support available for residents and businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic. This is a quick guide to what’s out there, who provides it and how you can access it. Support

Provider

Getting food and medicine, staying safe or just a friendly chat

Crawley Borough Council and West Sussex County Council

Essential food, medicine and befriending calls to tackle isolation

Voluntary and community groups

Self-isolation support payments

Government funding administered by Crawley Borough Council

Help with Council Tax and/or Housing Benefit

Crawley Borough Council

Free school meals

West Sussex County Council

Business grants

Government funding administered by Crawley Borough Council

Contacts Crawley Borough Council 01293 438000 crawley.gov.uk/coronavirus West Sussex County Council 03302 227980 westsussex.gov.uk/coronavirus Voluntary and community crawley.gov.uk/coronavirus/supporting-community groups CRAWLEYLive  Spring 2021

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From the Leader A year on from Covid-19 reaching the UK, it is hard to overstate the effect it has had on Crawley. Our town's economy – which had grown by a quarter during the time I've been Leader – has been hit harder than any other in the country, creating the worst employment crisis in the town's history and leaving a visible impact upon the town centre. For the council, the priorities are clear. We need to focus on getting residents back into employment as fast as possible, helping to keep a roof over their heads until that can be achieved, and working to ensure businesses which are lost from the town's key economic areas are replaced. This won't be easy and we will need support from central government if we are going to turn things around quickly, but I am determined to ensure that Crawley's best days remain ahead of it. I must take this chance to pay tribute to the amazing work of council workers throughout the pandemic. Many have been working flat-out for 12 months now, often undertaking tasks which are nothing to do with their day jobs, sometimes in frontline roles, all of it to help our community through these tough times. The last year has shown just how critical public services are for our survival.

Councillor Peter Lamb Leader of Crawley Borough Council

Councillor Raj Sharma

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Councillor Raj Sharma, who passed away on 12 January. Raj was Mayor of Crawley in 2016/17 and 2019/20 and represented Southgate as a ward member since 2014. He will be sorely missed by staff, members and the Crawley communities in which he was passionately involved in. He was very proud of what he achieved and was able to raise for his charities – Crawley Community Youth Service, The Posh Club and Manor Green College – during his two years as Mayor of Crawley. A minute’s silence was observed at the February Full Council meeting.

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Crawley Question Time Live Tuesday 16 March, 7-9pm

Crawley Question Time takes the form of a virtual, independently-chaired, general debate and discussion. There are no set topics so attendees can raise any areas or concerns for discussion, such as Covid-19, the economy, planning, community safety, Gatwick Airport, parking and so much more! The event is open to everyone; the public, business leaders and partner organisations. The views and comments expressed will help the council and others to plan work on improving services and the town in general. Panellists will include Councillor Peter Lamb, Leader of the Council; Councillor Duncan Crow, Leader of the Opposition at Crawley Borough Council and Cabinet member for Fire and Rescue and Communities at West Sussex County Council; Councillor Peter Smith, Cabinet member for Planning and Economic Development at Crawley Borough Council; and Dr Laura Hill, Clinical Chair, NHS West Sussex CCG.

Join the debate via Microsoft Teams at

bit.ly/crawleyqt

Getting the most out of StreetLink StreetLink is a 24/7 website, mobile app and phone service that enables the public to send an alert to connect someone sleeping rough with the appropriate local outreach service. The more detailed and accurate an alert, the faster it can be processed and sent to the correct outreach team, increasing the chances of the person being found.

line clear for people sleeping rough themselves who may not have internet access. Find out more at streetlink.org.uk or call 0300 500 0914.

StreetLink receives thousands of alerts each month, more during periods of bad weather, so the phone line gets very busy. Using digital channels rather than the phone increases efficiency – ensuring more people receive support more swiftly – and keeps the phone CRAWLEYLive  Spring 2021

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Don't forget to vote It is your democratic right to vote for the candidate of your choice. You can vote in person at your local polling station or opt for a postal or proxy vote. Register to vote online by 5pm on 19 April at gov.uk/registertovote 2021 elections Elections are taking place in Crawley on 6 May. These are the elections that were postponed from May 2020 due to the Covid pandemic and will be combined with those scheduled for 2021. This means you can have your say by voting for: • Councillors for Crawley Borough Council (in all wards except Furnace Green). Two of three seats are up for election in Ifield ward. • Councillors for West Sussex County Council (all areas) • The Sussex Police and Crime Police and Crime Commissioner (all areas). We will be following government guidance to ensure that voting is safe. Polling stations will look different, be busier than normal and it may take more time than usual to vote in person. To keep everyone safe and to meet coronavirus rules:

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• There may be a change of location to your usual polling station (please check your poll card) • You may have to wait in a socially distanced queue outside the building • One-way systems will operate • Staff will be wearing masks and face shields • You’ll need to wear a face covering (unless you have a medical exemption) and sanitise your hands • You’ll be encouraged to bring your own pen or pencil • Polling booths, ballot boxes and pencils will be regularly sanitised.


Postal votes You may prefer your ballot papers to be posted to you so you don’t need to go to a polling station to vote. If you are not already registered for a postal vote you can apply by completing a form with your signature online at crawley.gov.uk/elections or by calling 01293 438635. The deadline for applying for a postal vote at these elections is 20 April 2021 at 5pm.

Registering to vote The deadline for new applications to be included on the electoral register at these elections is 19 April. If your name is already included on the electoral register you do not need to register again. To register, visit gov.uk/register-to-vote For more details visit crawley.gov.uk/elections or call the Crawley elections team on 01293 438572.

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If you do choose to vote at a polling station in May, please make sure that you keep everyone safe by following the instructions of polling staff and come prepared with your face covering and pen or pencil. If you want to vote by post please apply as early as you can.


Council Tax and budget 2021 Crawley Borough Council’s proposed budget for 2021/22 protects frontline services, continues to invest in the town and improves the efficiency of the council as a whole. The budget was approved by Full Council after Crawley Live went to press. For the final budget, including Council Tax, visit crawley.gov.uk/counciltax Crawley Borough Council is responsible for collecting Council Tax, which funds services delivered by a range of public sector bodies. For each £1 collected, 77.9p is allocated to services delivered by West Sussex County Council, 11p is allocated to Crawley Borough Council and 11.1p to Sussex Police. The average property in Crawley is a Band C. The council keeps £190.08 a year, which goes towards funding £124m for the provision of public services. These include: • Waste and recycling • Parks and open spaces including award-winning parks at Tilgate, Goffs and Worth parks • Clean streets and litter collection • Arts and culture including The Hawth • Crawley Museum • Homelessness • Sports and leisure services including K2 Crawley and sports pitches • Safe food and licenced restaurants and cafés • Pollution, public health, environmental services and health and safety • Community events • The local economy including business support, job creation, encouraging investment and improving skills • Local planning and building control services • Car parks including the secure car park at Orchard Street • Cemeteries

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• • • • • • •

Flood prevention Community safety and wardens Administration of Housing Benefit and Council Tax reduction Community development Help with disabled facilities’ grants Housing advice and support Support to voluntary and community groups.

Further information on the council’s income and expenditure can be found at crawley.gov.uk/budgets

Band C proposed Council Tax 2021/22 Crawley West Borough Sussex Sussex Council County Police Total Council £190.08

+

£1,342.72 +

£191.03

= £1,723.83


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Tilgate Park Weddings A VENUE LIKE NO OTHER

Ask anyone what they know about Tilgate Park and they will most likely mention the lakes, lawns and forest. Well, there is now a new way to create special memories to last a lifetime as Tilgate Park has recently been licenced to host weddings. The new Wedding Garden has been carefully redesigned to create a feeling of entering a secret garden, surrounded by shrub beds and fragrant flowers, colour through the seasons and luscious new lawns. Couples are able to privately hire the garden for a civil ceremony with a registrar or create their own wedding with a celebrant. Small micro weddings taking place with a limited number of guests will feel cosy, surrounded by the new pergola. Larger weddings of up to 100 guests have ample room to spread out whilst still having exclusive use of the space. Guests can enjoy a few cocktails in the garden while the happy couple take some time capturing memories with a photographer. Explore the lakes, ancient woodlands, beautiful bridges or even have animal photos in the Nature Centre. Not many people can claim to have meerkats and a tapir join their wedding guest list! If you’ve visited at Christmas, you will have seen the 40-metre walkway of twinkling fairy lights leading from the gates through to the arena, the ideal location to have a marquee reception. How romantic on a clear warm night to stare up at the stars from a private party in the Walled Garden! 14

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The Barn has also been licenced if you prefer somewhere indoors to get wed or party. Marry now and party later – you even get to dress up twice! There is no need to let lockdown stop the fun for couples who are booking their ceremony for 2021 and reserving the same weekend in 2022 to host their first anniversary blessing and a big celebration with all their friends and family. With packages starting from only £500 up to £3,000, Tilgate Park has a wedding option to suit most budgets.

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Town centre development New Town Hall Construction of the new Town Hall continues as planned with the completion scheduled for December and occupation commencing in spring 2022. A topping out ceremony was due to take place at the end of January. However, due to the national lockdown, this will now take place later in the year. Topping out (sometimes referred to as topping off) is a builders' rite, traditionally held when the last beam is placed on the top of a building during its construction, signifying finishing the structure of the building. Marketing of the commercial floor space will begin soon. The development will provide Grade A commercial space in Crawley’s town centre and forms part of the broader town centre regeneration programme, which includes a range of commercial, residential and public realm improvements throughout Crawley town centre over the coming years. For further information about the commercial space opportunity, contact Stiles Harold Williams on 01293 441300 or email crawley@shw.co.uk Improvements to the existing Town Hall car park commenced before Christmas with the installation

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of LED lights throughout. The full programme of refurbishment will include: • Installation of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) and gates to improve security for users and to enable the car park to operate 24-hours • A new entrance, stairwell and lift off the new town square • Extended and improved bike storage facilities • Remedial building works and decoration to enhance the overall appearance and experience for users and complement the broader regeneration works on and around the Town Hall site.

Geraint Thomas House The development, on the site of the former Babcock car park, is nearing completion and will provide 91 affordable residential units with occupation expected shortly. Work on the town centre District Heat Network started last October and continues as planned. This scheme is due for completion in February 2022 and will provide low-carbon heat and electricity for the new residential and commercial buildings being developed on and around the Town Hall site.


Zero-tolerance for littering An ex-Crawley resident pleaded guilty to giving false information to a Community Warden after being caught littering. Crawley Borough Council successfully prosecuted an ex-Crawley resident, now living in Horley, under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, for providing a false or inaccurate name or address and non-payment of the Fixed Penalty Notice. She received a six-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay towards the council’s costs. The woman was stopped in the town centre in August 2019 by a Warden and issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) after she threw her cigarette butt on the floor. The Community Wardens patrol the whole of Crawley and will issue a FPN to anyone they see dropping litter and the council’s Investigation Team will prosecute those who give false information.

Cracking down on fly-tipping The council’s Community Wardens are cracking down on fly-tipping, targeting Langley Green Parade which has become a hotspot for unsightly and illegal rubbish dumping. Removal of fly-tipping costs the council time and money that could be spent on other services. The Wardens will investigate all fly-tipping found on the parade and will take the necessary action, including using video evidence to catch and charge those responsible. You can make a difference and help put an end to flytipping: • If you have witnessed someone fly-tipping or recognise an alleged offender, report them to the Community Wardens on 07884 492324. If the perpetrator is in a vehicle, note down the colour, make and registration number • Get support – use our bulky waste service which collects from your home, find out more at crawley.gov.uk/waste-and-recycling

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Trees and wellbeing How do trees help with wellbeing? Trees give all of us a link between the past, present and future. People suffer less from stress and anxiety when they have views of trees and other greenery.

Children who also participate in green activities spend less time in front of their computer and television screens, lowering the prevalence of obesity.

Taking part in tree walks and other nature-based activities helps in the reduction of depression and anxiety.

Forests and woodlands help bring local people together and that in turn means a stronger community and through this we can reduce loneliness and isolation.

Encouraging people to take part in eco health walks is an aspect of physical activity that helps with the improvement of memory and cognitive function.

There is also a study that people who live in the proximity of trees had better “amygdala integrity”, which means a brain structure that is more able to handle stress.

What do trees do for us and the environment?

They provide shade from the sun with their canopies

Trees are motherships of biodiversity with their unique habitats of birds, insects, lichen, fungi, plants and other wildlife

They also provide us with many different types of fruit and nuts

Trees produce microclimates that lead to a cooling effect

The fallen leaves make excellent compost that enriches the soil and this in turn means better, healthy trees and plants

Trees can absorb 22 tonnes of carbon dioxide in their trunks, branches and roots in their lifetime

They also help prevent soil erosion and flood

Trees act as air filters by removing dust and absorbing dangerous pollutants such as carbon monoxide, sulphur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide

Why not visit the tree trail at Worth Park? Grab a leaflet from the visitor centre today.

Flowering trees provide a great food source for pollinators

Everyday in summer, trees can release 29 tonnes of oxygen into the air per square mile of forest

Trees provide us with a wealth of different medicines


Are you looking to lose some weight? Crawley Wellbeing is offering a free, virtual, six-week weight management course for staff in the workplace. Criteria: BMI 25+ / Live and/or work in Crawley

Six, weekly, 30-minute video sessions involving:

• Weekly advice and information from a trained advisor • Six different nutritional topics delivered each week • Ongoing support to help you reach your goals • Q&A discussing a health and wellbeing topic • S.M.A.R.T goal setting.

The focus is on a healthy weight loss goal of 500g-1kg (1-2lbs) each week, making this a sustainable weight loss course, not a short-term diet. Everything discussed in each session is confidential and won’t be shared with your employers.

Contact us

For more information about the course email wellbeing@crawley.gov.uk or call 01293 585317.


2021 Crawley Community Awards

CRAWLEY COMMUNITY AWARDS

Nominations are now invited for the Crawley Community Awards, organised by Crawley Borough Council in association with The Hawth and Crawley Observer. The awards recognise and reward people who live, work, volunteer or study in Crawley and those who have trained, worked and put all their efforts into making real achievements. The awards are hugely popular – a clear reflection of the wonderful community spirit that exists in Crawley and the appreciation local people have for those who go the extra mile to make a difference to their community. Nominations are welcome for teams and individuals across 15 different categories. You may make as many nominations in as many categories as you wish. Nominators don’t need to live in Crawley but nominees must either live, work, volunteer or study in the town or provide a service open to Crawley residents outside the immediate area. CATEGORIES: Support Group Community Group Sports Team Sports Person Culture Special Recognition Performing Arts

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: If you are a business and keen to be involved in this very popular event, we have sponsor opportunities available to you. Please call Samantha Sheppard on 01293 438539 or email samantha.sheppard@crawley.gov.uk

Education Charity Volunteer Volunteer Group Achievement Group Achievement Inspiration Fundraiser

If you know someone who deserves recognition for their efforts or their work in our community, please take a few minutes to complete a nomination. Visit crawleycommunityawards.org or write to Crawley Community Awards, Communications, Room 101, Town Hall, The Boulevard, Crawley RH10 1UZ. For further information email crawleycommunityawards@gmail.com 20

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Celebrating creativity in Crawley The Right Here festival took place at the end of January. The free festival celebrated creative people in Crawley and their creativity since March 2020. There was a wide range of activities to get involved with from creative writing workshops and online Watch Parties of short films made by local dance schools, Manor Green College and CCYS to live interviews with local creatives and a Festival Finale event which showcased a range of talent in the town. A temporary exhibition of photos from local people during lockdown was created on lampposts around the town. Did you spot them? You can still get involved by heading to the Creative Crawley YouTube Channel where much of the content still exists or download the People’s Pathways podcasts and listen to local people talk about their walks in Crawley.

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Calling all performers! The Friends of Goffs Park are hosting their annual Summer Fayre on Sunday 4 July in the park. The 'day of dance' will take place for the first time in 2021, after having to postpone last year. There will be a professional, outdoor dance stage running from 12 noon to 5pm. The friends are now looking for local dance schools, community groups and performers to showcase their talents. Those interested should contact Beth Roskilly on bethroskilly2403@gmail.com or visit facebook.com/FriendsofGoffs/ This is a free event. The Friends of Goffs Park are a nonprofit organisation that work in partnership with Crawley Borough Council and the local community to protect Goffs Park and organise free community events.

Orchard Street multi-storey car park season tickets Do you have limited or no parking facilities or find it difficult to park outside your property with more people at home during the day? If you live in the town centre, Northgate or West Green, Orchard Street multi-storey car park could be the answer to your problems! The car park, recently 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, highquality CCTV and LED lighting. Discounted season tickets are available for residents. Payments can be split monthly and paid via Direct Debit: Three months £216.00 12 months £720.00

Six months £405.00

Email parkingservices@crawley.gov.uk for further information and to apply for a season ticket visit crawley.gov.uk/parking

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Sign up to the GREENbin service A cost-effective and convenient way for you to recycle your garden waste. If you enjoy gardening, but would like to save yourself some time and effort, why not sign up to our garden waste collection service? We’ll collect your garden waste fortnightly throughout the year, apart from a two-week break over the Christmas and New Year period. It's £60.10 per year, or £57.40 when you pay by Direct Debit, per bin which covers the cost of running the service. You can subscribe to the service any time throughout the year and will be issued with a 240-litre wheeled bin, delivered once we receive payment or the Direct Debit has been set up. Use your GREENbin to dispose of cuttings, leaves, weeds, flowers and plants. The waste is used to make a peat-free soil conditioner. Sign up today or visit crawley.gov.uk/greenbin or call 01293 438772.

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Youth Employment Hub launches in Crawley In November 2020, Employ Crawley, a councilled project to help local residents into local jobs, secured further funding from the Department for Work and Pensions, specifically to empower young, unemployed residents.

This “one-stop-shop” is based in the Town Hall, operating Monday to Friday between 10am and 4pm. The Team will deliver the service virtually during periods when the Town Hall is closed to visitors.

The Youth Employment Hub offers a youthfocussed, holistic support programme for 18-24-year-olds to challenge the economic impact on employment in Crawley, with access to intensive employment support and skills training. Its aim is to assist with job searching and employment advice, improve confidence within this age group and to increase traineeships and apprenticeships locally. This service enhances the library-based Employ Crawley provision that has been available to Crawley residents since the project began in 2017. Employ Crawley, alongside local businesses and in partnership with Jobcentre Plus, works closely to help young people find new jobs, careers and training opportunities to deliver this service.

For client enquiries please contact employcrawley@crawley.gov.uk If you are a business or a partner and would like more information, please contact anamaria.maddock@crawley.gov.uk

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Working for positive change in Crawley Crawley Community Action is on a mission to help build a strong and diverse Crawley for the benefit of everyone living and working in the town. The local charity works with community groups, charities and volunteers across Crawley, providing: Support to local organisations Whether for a new community group just starting out, or an established charity, advice and information is available to help with running a voluntary organisation, including identifying appropriate funding sources and completing funding bids. This free support can enable groups to grow, develop and succeed, providing vital services for the community.

Volunteering opportunities Local people interested in volunteering can find groups looking for extra help. By signing up to the online Crawley Volunteer Centre, organisations can promote their volunteering

opportunities to people who want to get involved and make a difference.

Social prescribing The recently launched Crawley Social Prescribing service can help people improve their physical and mental wellbeing. Social prescribers work with local GP surgeries to help patients access non-medical support available from organisations, dealing with issues from nutrition to housing and much more. You can find out more about Crawley Community Action and their work by visiting crawleycommunityaction.org

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Coronavirus vaccination programme

The coronavirus vaccine is safe and effective. It gives you the best protection against coronavirus. The NHS is currently offering the Covid-19 vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus. The vaccine is being offered in some hospitals and pharmacies, at local vaccination centres run by GPs and at larger vaccination centres. More centres are opening all the time. It's being given to: • People aged 80 and over • Some aged 70 and over • Some people who are clinically extremely vulnerable • People who live or work in care homes • Health and social care workers. Full details on the programme roll out and priority groups can be found at nhs.co.uk

Vaccination scams Be on your guard against fraudulent text and email messages as new scams are being sent to patients. People are receiving a text or email notification of their ‘vaccination appointment’ and being asked to confirm it by clicking on a link. This looks very similar to the genuine texts being sent to patients to arrange their appointments at the GP led vaccination services.

Have your say on proposed changes to heritage assets Crawley Borough Council wants to hear your views on proposals for changes to conservation areas and locally listed buildings. For conservation areas, Crawley Borough Council is proposing the following changes: •

Two new conservation areas – one at Queens Square and The Broadway and one at Gossops Green Neighbourhood Centre – in recognition of the significance of these areas as examples of New Town heritage

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In addition, the council is recommending making changes to its locally listed buildings, as part of an updated Local Heritage List – inclusion of around 60 additional buildings and removal of two buildings currently on the list: 37 High Street, Northgate and 41-43 High Street, Northgate. The changes will affect the way in which proposals for development relating to some areas or buildings are considered as part of the planning process. crawley.gov.uk/consultation


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Redevelopment of the County Buildings site Demolition and redevelopment of the County Buildings site in Exchange Road is critical to demonstrating progress for the One Public Estate Programme (OPE) and plays a vital role in the wider regeneration of the town centre. The demolition will not affect the Magistrate Courts and Centenary House, which will remain in situ and hosts the West Sussex Coroner’s Court, a FindItOut Centre and Change, Grow, Live services, which will continue to operate from this building. The partial demolition of the site will provide a vacant and developable site that can support: • Increased marketability and value of the County Buildings site • Delivery of key projects identified in both the OPE Programme

• Delivery of around 200 town centre homes • Delivery of around 4,000sqm of commercial space • Development of a diverse and vibrant town centre. Keep up-to-date with the redevelopment at bit.ly/countybuildings


Crawley College’s new STEM Centre set to open A brand new, multi-million pound development is on the verge of opening at Crawley College. Building work has been completed and, at the time of writing, the finishing touches are well underway, meaning students will be able to start learning in their new, cutting-edge facility when the college reopens, following the latest national lockdown. The STEM Centre, which has received significant funding from the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership, is home to a suite of innovative interactive spaces, which will be used to deliver STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects to students at the college. 28

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It features advanced equipment, including virtual and mixed reality technology, which will be used to train students and apprentices in the latest skills required by industries across the region. Keep an eye out in the summer edition of Crawley Live for more about the centre! To find out more about studying at Crawley College, please visit crawley.ac.uk


Mobile Vaccination Units The NHS and Metrobus have launched one of the UK’s first Covid-19 Mobile Vaccination Units, targeting hard-to-reach and vulnerable communities. Metrobus and the Alliance for Better Care (ABC), which represents GPs across Crawley, Horsham, Mid Sussex and East Surrey, teamed up to provide a self-contained, clean and safe location for vaccinations to take place.

The bus was adapted by Metrobus engineers by removing some handrails and seats to create more room for medical staff and their equipment. The inbuilt one-way system and dual doors of the bus are perfect for a one in, one out approach. Appointments for the mobile unit are by invitation only and are booked by ABC’s GP practices. The vaccination bus is expected to help out the NHS for the duration of the country’s vaccination programme.

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New Citizens Advice telephone number Citizens Advice in West Sussex (North, South, East) has a new Freephone Adviceline number. The new number, 0808 278 7969, replaces the existing local number – 0344 477 1171 – that will continue to work until the Freephone number has fully transitioned. It’s open Monday to Friday from 9am-4.30pm.

Citizens Advice Crawley offers free, confidential, independent and impartial information and advice. They can help people find a way forward with problems they may be facing. Advice is available on benefits including Universal Credit, debt, employment, housing, consumer issues including scams, discrimination and much more.

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To access the service via email and web chat visit advicewestsussex.org.uk for details. Limited face-to-face and video appointments are also available. Citizens Advice offers specialist money and debt advice for people from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds in Crawley. Please visit advicewestsussex.org.uk for information and how to get in touch for advice.


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 runwayradio.co.uk

More Radio Mid Sussex 106.4 and 106.8 FM

Crawley Borough Councillors Bewbush and North Broadfield Marion Ayling – Labour 07886 920815 marion.ayling@crawley.gov.uk Rory Fiveash – Independent 07557 895585 rory.fiveash@crawley.gov.uk Michael Jones – Labour 07944 578872 michael.jones@crawley.gov.uk

Langley Green and Tushmore Shahzad Malik – Labour 07765 314254 shahzad.malik@crawley.gov.uk Tom McAleney – Labour 07788 327428 tom.mcaleney@crawley.gov.uk Brenda Smith – Labour 01293 613149 brenda.smith@crawley.gov.uk

Pound Hill South and Worth Andrew Belben – Conservative 01293 884526 andrew.belben@crawley.gov.uk Bob Lanzer – Conservative 01293 884789 bob.lanzer@crawley.gov.uk Alison Pendlington – Conservative 07342 079056 alison.pendlington@crawley.gov.uk

Broadfield Ian Irvine – Labour 01293 439503 ian.irvine@crawley.gov.uk Tim Lunnon – Labour 07763 735143 tim.lunnon@crawley.gov.uk Tahira Rana – Labour 07584 330149 tahira.rana@crawley.gov.uk

Maidenbower Kim Jaggard – Conservative 07974 205104 kim.jaggard@crawley.gov.uk Jennifer Millar-Smith – Conservative 07788 327925 jennifer.millar-smith@crawley.gov.uk Duncan Peck – Conservative 07900 227211 duncan.peck@crawley.gov.uk

Southgate Morgan Flack – Labour 07930 399806 morgan.flack@crawley.gov.uk Mike Pickett – Labour 01293 452255 mike.pickett@crawley.gov.uk

Furnace Green Duncan Crow – Conservative 01293 888564 duncan.crow@crawley.gov.uk Carol Eade – Conservative 01293 614216 carol.eade@crawley.gov.uk

Northgate and West Green Gurinder S. Jhans – Labour 07468 709555 gurinder.jhans@crawley.gov.uk Peter Lamb – Labour 07729 167084 peter.lamb@crawley.gov.uk Karen Sudan – Independent 07763 905279 karen.sudan@crawley.gov.uk

Gossops Green and North East Broadfield Liam Ascough – Conservative 07557 849310 liam.ascough@crawley.gov.uk Chris Mullins – Labour 01293 511069 chris.mullins@crawley.gov.uk Ifield Jilly Hart – Labour 07788 327934 jilly.hart@crawley.gov.uk Peter Smith – Labour 07703 502430 peter.smith@crawley.gov.uk

Pound Hill North and Forge Wood Tina Belben – Conservative 01293 884526 tina.belben@crawley.gov.uk Richard Burrett – Conservative 01293 522338 richard.burrett@crawley.gov.uk Kevan McCarthy – Conservative 07879 841570 kevan.mccarthy@crawley.gov.uk

Three Bridges Bob Burgess – Conservative 01293 441204 bob.burgess@crawley.gov.uk Brenda Burgess – Conservative 01293 441204 brenda.burgess@crawley.gov.uk Jonathan Purdy – Conservative 07468 709530 jonathan.purdy@crawley.gov.uk

Bewbush and Ifield West Chris Oxlade – Labour 07710 900813 chris.oxlade@westsussex.gov.uk Broadfield Brian Quinn – Labour 01293 512650 brian.quinn@westsussex.gov.uk Langley Green and Ifield East Brenda Smith – Labour 07917 228646 brenda.smith@westsussex.gov.uk Maidenbower and Worth Bob Lanzer – Conservative 01293 884789 bob.lanzer@westsussex.gov.uk Northgate and West Green Karen Sudan – Independent 07763 905279 karen.sudan@westsussex.gov.uk Pound Hill Richard Burrett – Conservative 01293 522338 richard.burrett@westsussex.gov.uk Southgate and Gossops Green Michael Jones – Labour 07944 578872 michael.jones@westsussex.gov.uk Three Bridges Brenda Burgess – Conservative 01293 441204 brenda.burgess@crawley.gov.uk Tilgate and Furnace Green Duncan Crow – Conservative 01293 888564 duncan.crow@westsussex.gov.uk

Council meetings

Tilgate Francis Guidera – Conservative 07581 566274 francis.guidera@crawley.gov.uk Maureen Mwagale – Conservative 07557 849286 maureen.mwagale@crawley.gov.uk

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 crawley.gov.uk or call 01293 438549. Meetings start at 7.30pm unless otherwise stated. • Overview and Scrutiny Panel 8 March, 7pm • Planning Committee 9 March • Cabinet 10 March, 7pm • Council-owned Neighbourhood Parades Scrutiny Panel 11 March, 6.30pm • Governance Committee 15 March, 7pm • Full Council 24 March • Planning Committee 6 April

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: comments@crawley.gov.uk Website: crawley.gov.uk

• Cabinet 26 April, 6pm

Your MP

• Planning Committee 26 April

Henry Smith MP 01293 934554 or 020 7219 7043 henry.smith.mp@parliament.uk To make an appointment to see Henry Smith MP please contact him on 01293 934554 or email henry.smith.mp@parliament.uk

• Full Council 28 May • Overview and Scrutiny Committee 7 June, 7pm • Planning Committee 8 June • Licensing 15 June, 7pm

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