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Cottesmore Hotel express thanks for local support after ‘devastating’ fire

The Hotel, Golf & Country Club will be closed today after yesterday’s fire damaged 50% of the club house.

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A fire that quickly spread and damaged half of a large building at Cottesmore Hotel Golf & Country Club yesterday (11 June) has left locals in shock.

A spokesperson for West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service issued this statement today:

“The fire service was called to reports of a fire alarm at a country club in Buchan Hill at 17.03 yesterday afternoon. Two appliances mobilised and were met with a well-developed fire.

“They asked for a further 10 fire engines, several specialist vehicles including the Ariel Ladder Platform, and specialist officers. The fire has damaged 50 per cent of a large building.

“Crews continued to tackle the fire and withdrew, due to worsening conditions.

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“Crews remain at the scene this morning damping down. A fire investigation is underway.”

Thankfully, there are no injuries.

Cottesmore Hotel have now spoken out about the incident via social media.

A spokesperson said via Twitter:

“Due to a devastating fire in the club house Cottesmore will be closed today. All the guests and staff are safe. Thank you for everyone’s support through this difficult time.”

It is not currently known how long the club is expected to be closed for but more information should come to light as investigations continue.

The Hotel is currently closed off at the entrance and staff are only allowing very limited access.

A further statement has been released by West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service:

“An investigation is underway by firefighters after a blaze at a country club in Pease Pottage overnight.

“The call about the incident in Buchan Hill came in at 5.03pm yesterday afternoon (June 11), and two appliances from Crawley Fire Station were mobilised.

“On arrival, crews found the building well alight and requested further assistance.

“This led to ten fire engines being in attendance, along with several specialist vehicles including the Ariel Ladder Platform, and specialist officers.

“It’s estimated that 50 per cent of the building was damaged by the fire.

“Everyone who had been in the building was accounted for and there were no reported injuries.”

Group Commander Richard Davy running the operation said:

“Our officers are remaining at the scene today damping down, while an investigation into the cause of the fire is now underway.

“I would like to thank our dedicated firefighters and teams who swiftly acted following the initial call about this incident, and have worked through the night to keep the fire contained.

“I would also like to thank the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART), and the management of the hotel for their full co-operation.”

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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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