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Cheals Roundabout in Crawley to reopen for Christmas and New Year

Seems the festive cheer is kicking in. It may only be open fully for the Christmas and New Year but it will be a huge relief to all drivers who have to negotiate the area.

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It has been confirmed that all traffic management on the Cheals Roundabout and along Crawley Avenue and Horsham Road will be removed on 22nd Dec ’18.

This means the area will once again be free of any roadworks allowing traffic to flow normally.

This will continue until 6th Jan with the works restarting on the 7th Jan ’19.

In a statement from the contactors they say:

“Great efforts have been made by all to ensure that the traffic management can be taken down so the road can be reopened over the busy festive period.”

However they do say that the temporary footway diversion will remain in place over this time.

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Crawley joins money-saving initiative

Crawley Borough Council has become one of the founding members of the Local Government Mutual, helping to save money every year.

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The mutual aims to save its members money by offering an effective alternative to the conventional insurance products and services available to local authorities.

Any surpluses the mutual generates may be used to reduce the cost of insurance, improve the claims process or returned back to members as income.

The structure of the mutual means the council will not pay insurance premium tax, currently set at 12 per cent, on the vast majority of insurance products.

As well as saving money, the mutual puts councils in control by working together, sharing knowledge of best practice and reducing members’ risk exposure without increased costs.

Leader of the Council, Councillor Peter Lamb, said:

“It’s great to see Crawley Borough Council become a founding member of this initiative. The mutual is another way the council is saving money to put back into services and to reduce the forecasted budget gap.”

As a member, the council can still choose between the mutual and private companies for its insurance. However, the mutual can offer price matching or better cover that is up-to-date with changes in local authorities’ organisational and operational activities.  

The council can insure through the mutual from 1 April 2020.

Find out more about the Local Government Mutual here: www.local.gov.uk/new-local-government-mutual


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