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Average families water & waste bill in Crawley to fall by almost £50 this year

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Southern Water Bill

The dramatic drop in the bill from Southern Water comes mainly as a result of a fall in price for the wasterwater element of the bills.

The drop of an average 11.2 per cent for 2020-21 is for the combined bill of water and wasterwater treatment services.

A typical combined bill for a domestic customer is expected to be £391 compared with an average charge of £440 last year – meaning a day’s services will cost only £1.07 a day – less than most bus fares. The cost is 13p a day or £49 a year less than last year.

The water element of bills is almost flat – the expected average is £159 compared with £156 in 2019-20. Wastewater bills will fall by an average £52 including a rebate of around £20 attributable to the company’s final settlement with Ofwat.

The big drop in bills comes at the start of a sustained fall in combined bills. Between 2020 and 2025 bills will fall by 18.4 per cent (adjusted for inflation). By 2025 the average household bill for water and wastewater will be just £343 a year. Water bills will fall 8 per cent during that time while wastewater bills will fall 24 per cent.

Southerwater say this is the start of a new ear with Ian McAulay, Southern Water chief executive adding:

“Water is essential to every aspect of our lives but it is under increasing pressure from population growth and climate change. So water companies have got to work even harder to face these challenges and keep it flowing far into the future whilst delivering the services our customers want and deserve.

Our customers have said they want us to do more to protect the environment and increase biodiversity, that’s why over the next 5 years our ‘Water for Life’ business plan will invest £4 billion into our region, generating jobs and protecting the environment whilst ensuring we keep bills affordable and support those in need.”

Southern Water has currently three key investments being worked on which include a £27.5 million five year phase of the Bathing Water Enhancement Programme which they say has helped to raise 58 out of the region’s 83 bathing waters to the “Excellent” standard.

They are also commissioning £100 million investment in rebuilding the Woolston wastewater treatment works and constructing a £15 million Chichester pipeline to support growth in the region.

Rachel Ryan-Crisp, Southern Water’s Vulnerability Lead, says:

“There are many people out there that don’t even know that these services exist and for an array of reasons whether they struggle to pay or require more support from their supplier. We can assist and offer extra care to a range of people such as those living with long-term illness, disability, the elderly and even new parent or parents with young children. Help us to help you by getting in touch for advice or by spreading the word to friends and family who could benefit.”

More details about our tariff schemes can be found here https://www.southernwater.co.uk/account/help-paying-your-bill

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Prezzo reopens today in Crawley as chain begins reopening restaurants

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Fans of Prezzo in Crawley will be excited to hear that the restaurant is opening today, 9th July.

To celebrate their doors being open again, diners will be able to enjoy some new additions to the menu; a new calamari recipe, fournew pizzas (including veggie and vegan options), a new chicken burger, plus new cocktails and coolers!

And……after performing well in their test restaurants at the start of this year, they’re also introducing their Vegan Spaghetti Bolognese (also available with gluten free pasta).

There are savings to be had as well with the Summer Set Menu. Costing just £15 for two courses, and £19 for three courses.

Initially the chain is only opening 35 of their 180 restaurants of which Crawley is one of the first and they say they are bringing in new initiatives to make sure customers are safe including:

·      All menus will now be disposable to ensure no contamination

·       Digital ordering from a smartphone or tablet using the QR code displayed on each table (customers can still order with of their team if they’d prefer)

·       Standard social distancing markers, hand sanitiser units, and posters with Public Health England advice throughout the restaurants

·      The restaurants are now cashless. Customers can settle their bill using Apple Pay or Android Pay, contactless or Chip and PIN

“We can’t wait to welcome back our much-missed customers to our Crawley restaurant.” said Karen Jones, Executive Chair. 

“Our sole focus is to blend safe and healthy working practices with proper hospitality to give our people confidence and our customers a wonderful, enjoyable return to Prezzo.  Roll on 9th July!”

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