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‘A disgusting health hazard and a shocking mess!’ says councilor as Crawley council adopts new fixed on-the-spot fine to litterers

Crawley Borough Council have adopted a new zero-tolerance towards littering empowering wardens to issue on the spot fines to the public. But as one local councilor has pointed out, it could be that the council needs to look at their own problems first.

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Tilgate Councilor Francis Guidera shows how bad the littering is behind shops in the town centre.

Tilgate councilor Francis Guidera has called upon Crawley Borough Council to realise just how bad the littering situation is on the very day that the new policy on littering comes into force.

Speaking to Crawley News 24 Mr Guidera said:

“It definitely feels like it’s ‘out of sight out of mind’ as far as Labour-controlled Crawley Borough Council is concerned at the moment.

So many positive press releases ahead of the election, so much posing for photos and yet… if just one of the Crawley Labour cabinet members running our town might take a moment to have a wander behind the Broadway they might see the disgusting state that area is in right now. It definitely didn’t happen overnight and quite frankly I was shocked to see it had gotten this bad.

This is at the back entrance to several food establishments too! And then on to the Queen’s monument stones in the Broadwalk. Many rat holes in the planted area and clear evidence of pathways between the holes so is it any wonder we have rats seen scurrying around our town centre’s green areas?

This Crawley Labour-run council can’t even get the basics right.

His views come just as the council releases information on the new penalties.

The council say the decision was made to implement the zero-tolerance policy after the council’s Streetscene Team noticed an increase in litter, chewing gum and leftover food on their daily rounds of the town

Previously, anyone caught littering received a verbal warning and was asked to pick up the dropped item. However, in a bid to crack down on the issue, Community Wardens will issue an £80 Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) straightaway.

The new policy has been implemented with immediate effect.

Cabinet Member for Environmental Services and Sustainability, Councillor Geraint Thomas, said:

“We want to encourage visitors and residents to respect and take care of our town, littering is unsightly, costly and has a detrimental effect on the environment.

“By taking a tougher approach to combat the issue, I hope members of the public will be more mindful about how they impact the world around them.”

Once an FPN has been served, it must be paid within 14 days, however there is a lesser charge for payment within 7 days. Full details are written on the FPN.

For more information, visit www.crawley.gov.uk/communitywardens

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Aged 9-15? Auditions announced for this years panto at The Hawth

The Hawth, in partnership with Evolution Productions are looking for girls to be part of the Juvenile Ensemble for their spectacular pantomime, DICK WHITTINGTON this Christmas!

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Registration will take place at 10am on Saturday 22 June 2019 at The Hawth.

To audition you must be between the ages 9–15 (inclusive) on 1 September 2019 and be under 5’ 2”.

Producers say that auditions will end approximately 2 hours after the start time but you may need to stay longer if you are successful.

You don’t need to prepare anything – you’ll be taught a routine on the day. They ask you come wearing comfortable clothes and soft/dance shoes and advise that you bring some water, but no other food or drink.

They added, “Pantomime is a huge team effort, and we will require full commitment for the rehearsal period and the full run of the production (Monday 25 November 2019 – Sunday 5 January 2020).”

Click here to download an audition registration form.

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