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Crawley MP Henry Smith pledges to reduce his use of plastics for lent

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Crawley’s MP, Henry Smith has joined parliamentary colleagues from across the country in a pledge to Give Up Plastic for Lent.

The MPs have agreed to take part in different challenges to reduce their own use of plastics during the 40 days before Easter.

Henry said:

“We can all play a part to help the environment, and I hope people in Crawley will join me in doing their bit to reduce plastic waste.

“It’s not always easy but I’ll stop using disposable plastic – like coffee cups, water bottles and sandwich packets – for lunch and will try to continue after Easter.

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“From using a reusable ‘bag for life’ at the supermarket, to avoiding products which come wrapped in excessive packaging, we can all help to make a difference.

“Recently I spoke in the House of Commons about the importance of facilities such as water refilling points in public places, particularly at airports where large numbers of people assemble.

“I’ve received assurances from Gatwick regarding the water fountains they have after security for passengers, as well as the wider approaches they’re taking to be the UK’s most sustainable airport.”

The MPs also intend to be on the lookout for products which they consider are ‘overly packaged’ and will encourage supermarkets and producers to reduce packaging. They will be sharing their experiences using social media using the campaign slogan #GiveUpPlasticForLent.

Not all alternatives to plastics are necessarily more friendly to the environment. The MPs hope that those who take part in the #GiveUpPlasticForLent challenge will also be able to increase understanding of the environmental benefits of different consumer choices.

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Council have plans in place for ‘Beast from the East’

Salting operations are to continue throughout the period; snow ploughs will be fitted when required to ensure main roads are kept open.

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Yellow warnings for snow in Crawley have been issued by the Met Office until Wednesday. Photo: MetOffice

Snowfall will be effecting most of the country over the forthcoming week and the Met Office have issued yellow weather warnings for snow as well as amber warnings for some areas.

Following these warnings, West Sussex County Council have said they have plans in place to keep main roads open.

A West Sussex Highways spokesman said:

“Precautionary salting operations will continue throughout the period and snow ploughs will be fitted when required to ensure main roads are kept open.

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“We are therefore advising Town and Parish Councils to be prepared to enact their Winter Management Plans IF and when we issue an instruction to do so.”

A further update will be issued later today.

The County Council’s winter campaign website page has several sections giving advice on ‘staying warm’ please click here.

If you know or look after someone who may be susceptible to the effects of this cold weather period, please help ensure they stay warm and well and check in advance that they are prepared for this cold spell.

WSCC have offered some general advice including:

• Stay tuned in to weather forecasts.
• Check and maintain daytime room temperatures of 21°C.
• Check bedroom night-time temperatures and maintain it at 18°C or warmer.
• Keep warm and active and, if you have to go out, dress warmly and wear non-slip shoes.
• If you are concerned about your own health or welfare, or that of others, please alert the emergency services – details: emergency services.

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