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A23 closed northbound after motorcyclist seriously injured at Handcross

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Motorists travelling north on the A23 between Warninglid and Handcross are being asked to avoid the area for the next few hours due to a serious collision.

At 5.26am on Sunday (28 July) a man riding a motorcycle sustained serious injuries after colliding with the central barrier at Handcross Hill.

He has been taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton.

The A23 northbound has been closed while the incident is dealt with and investigated, and it is likely to be early afternoon before the road can be reopened.

Diversions are in place and drivers are asked to exercise patience.

Anyone who saw what happened or who may have relevant dash cam footage is asked to contact Sussex Police online, email collision.appeal@sussex.pnn.police.uk or phone 101, quoting Operation Carisbrook.

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Crawley Council urges closed businesses to apply for lockdown business grants

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Businesses that have had to close due to the current lockdown can now apply for new government grants.

This latest grants are called ‘Local Restriction Support Grant (Closed) Addendum: 5 January onwards’ (LRSG) and Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment (CBLP).

The grants cover the six-week period of lockdown from 5 January until 15 February.

Both grants are based on rateable value. The rate of payment for eligible businesses is:

  • For properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under, grants are £2,001 (LRSG) and £4,000 (CBLP) – a total of £6,001
  • For properties with a rateable value of between £15,001 and £50,999, grants are £3,000 (LRSG) and £6,000 (CBLP) – a total of £9,000
  • For properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or over, grants are £4,500 (LRSG) and £9,000 (CBLP) – a total of £13,500.

Crawley Borough Council is administering and distributing these grants on behalf of the government.

Businesses can check if they’re eligible by visiting gov.uk/guidance/check-if-youre-eligible-for-the-coronavirus-additional-restrictions-grant

Applications for these grants can be made at grantapproval.co.uk

Councillor Peter Lamb, Leader of the Council, said:

“We know many local businesses are struggling. While the council is doing everything it can to support and rebuild the local economy, it’s vital any organisation which does need support applies for every grant for which they are eligible.”

For more details on help available for businesses visit crawley.gov.uk/emergency/coronavirus-information/businesses-and-employers

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