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

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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.

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EasyJet to cut thousands of jobs as airline restructures

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Only last week easyJet announced that they would resumer flying from the 15th June which would be made up of mainly UK and France routes with more to be announced as demand for the services grew.

But easyJet believes that the levels of market demand they saw in 2019 are not likely to be reached again until 2023.

Today they announced that as part of a restructuring of the business which would see a reduction of 51 aircraft from their fleet, they would be launching an employee consultation with the intention of reducing their workforce by up to 30%.

easyJet operate mainly from two large UK bases, Gatwick and Luton, but there are also indications that the airline may recover well as it has reported bookings for winter are ‘well ahead of the equivalent point last year’.

The employee consultation is expected to begin with the next few days but the airline says they are also looking at every level of the business with some areas of focus being on:

  • Airports & ground handling
  • Maintenance
  • Selling and marketing

It is too soon to predict how this could affect staff based out of Gatwick, but with a reduction of up to 30% of staff it is hard to see how the local operations could not be affected both with operations and with staffing.

Johan Lundgren, easyJet CEO said:

“We realise that these are very difficult times and we are having to consider very difficult decisions which will impact our people, but we want to protect as many jobs as we can for the long-term. 

“We remain focused on doing what is right for the company and its long-term health and success, following the swift action we have taken over the last three months to meet the challenges of the virus. Although we will restart flying on 15 June, we expect demand to build slowly, only returning to 2019 levels in about three years’ time. 

“Against this backdrop, we are planning to reduce the size of our fleet and to optimise the network and our bases. As a result, we anticipate reducing staff numbers by up to 30% across the business and we will continue to remove cost and non-critical expenditure at every level.  We will be launching an employee consultation over the coming days.

“We want to ensure that we emerge from the pandemic an even more competitive business than before, so that easyJet can thrive in the future.”

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