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Ancient Oak tree almost collapses on passer-by in Tilgate, Crawley



An ancient oak tree that stood the test of time in Gainsbrough Playing Field has sadly begun its demise by collapsing this morning (5th Aug).

A walker was almost crushed after a huge branch came crashing down.

Tilgate Councillor Francis Guidera said:

Sadly one of the biggest oaks on Gainsborough playing field.

I thanked the two tree surgeons for their prompt attendance, they managed to get away from another job to come and make this safe.

They will cut the fallen section up so that it is all on the ground, ready for collection tomorrow when they fell the remaining part of this very, very large oak tree.

Thanks again to Caroline for reporting it to the residents group! And thanks to George, our council tree officer, for getting out to this immediately and getting the clear up underway.”

Residents and visitors to the playing field are being asked not to go near the tree as it is in a dangerous condition.

Parents are being asked to ensure their children do not go to play on the tree.


DON’T FORGET: From 1st Dec you must show ID when visiting Crawley’s Household Recycling site

Residents are being reminded that they will need to take ID with them when they visit a West Sussex Household Waste Recycling Site (HWRS) from 1 December 2019.



The new system is designed to save West Sussex taxpayers £250,000 per year by ensuring the sites are only used by those who pay for them.

Householders will need to prove they live within West Sussex by showing a form of ID such as a drivers licence or council tax bill.

The scheme has been introduced due to the high number of people travelling across county boundaries to recycle and dispose of their waste. This has a significant impact on waste disposal costs which ultimately fall to the West Sussex taxpayer.

Surveys have shown that an average of one in ten people using HWRSs closest to the county borders live outside of West Sussex.

At East Grinstead, this can increase to as many as one in five people. 

In response to this residents in certain areas of Surrey will be able to continue using the East Grinstead Household Waste Recycling Site, following an agreement between Surrey and West Sussex County Councils.

The councils have agreed a settlement which means Surrey residents living in the following postcodes – RH7 6, RH10 3, RH19 2, RH19 3, TN8 7, TN8 5 and TN8 6 – who find it easier to use the East Grinstead site, will still be able to do so.

All other sites in West Sussex will be restricted to West Sussex residents only from 1 December.

The new policy will be enforced through identification checks at HWRSs entrances to confirm that the site visitor pays their council tax to West Sussex County Council. 

People will need to show only one form of identification, such as:

• Current driving licence (photo card or paper licence)
• TV licence – less than a year old
• Council tax or utility bill – less than a year old

Further details about the changes can be found when visiting HWRSs and online at and

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