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Could Crawley refuse collection change to fortnightly?

After two areas not far away decide to change weekly collections to fortnightly due to low recycling figures, could Crawley be next?

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Not too far away in Adur and Worthing change is afoot.

The council have just agreed to change the household waste collection service from weekly to fortnightly.

This change wont start till Sept next year but it is quite a dramatic move for residents.

An EU target was set for the UK to recycle at least 50% of household waste by 2020.  Currently in Adur and Worthing the rates are in the mid 30’s so an increase is required.

This is thought to be one of the main reasons why they voted for this change.

So what has this got to do with Crawley?

Well last year the published figures for recycling in Crawley were only 27.4%.  Almost 10% lower than Worthing.

But before everyone suddenly starts thinking that people in this area don’t recycle it is important to understand why the figures here come out lower.

It is all to do with the fact that Crawley is a predominantly urban area.  Why does this matter?  Because the way the figures are compiled they have to add both the dry mixed recycling and the garden waste figures together to get a final percentage.

In urban areas where the gardens are smaller and/or where there are a lot of flats, this means the garden waste percentage is going to be much smaller, dragging down the overall recycling figure.

In the case of Crawley the 27.4% is made up of 22.7% dry mixed recycling and only 4.7% composting.

So could a fortnightly refuse collection become a reality here?

Nothing can ever be ruled out but initial reactions from the majority of Labour and Conservative councillors in the town point towards looking at other options rather than making such a dramatic decision.

Conservative Leader Duncan Crow said:

“This would not be on the agenda for Crawley and not something I would advocate.  Crawley has so many flats where it is difficult to store refuse for longer periods of time.  I don’t see the need to change our current situation.”

Crawley Council Leader Peter Lamb took a different approach and on twitter commented:

“In Crawley, Crawley Labour believes that this is a decision which should be left to residents. No introduction of weekly collections without it being put to the voters at election time.”

The truth is that only time will tell and as Crawley continues to grow then so will the demand for refuse collection.

One thing worth noting and explained directly by the council, is that while Crawley’s overall recycling figure is low, in terms of waste hierarchy (reduce, reuse, recycle) then Crawley residents actually perform very well, producing one of the lowest amounts of waste per person in the country.  The town is 11th lowest at 291.2kg per person.

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Crawley College unveils plans for state-of-the-art new STEM facility

Crawley College has revealed the exciting first stage in the development of its campus.

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The college, which is part of the Chichester College Group (CCG), has unveiled plans to build a multi-million pound facility on the site, at College Road in Crawley, which will put the college at the cutting edge of training delivery in a whole range of subjects.

The new building will be home to a suite of modern teaching and interactive spaces, which will be used to integrate the use of technology and STEM (science, technology, engineering & maths) in to all subjects taught across Crawley College.

Shelagh Legrave OBE, Chief Executive of CCG, said:

“We are very excited to be able to share our plans for the new STEM facility here at Crawley College.

“Working with employers, the council and the community, we recognise how important it is to invest in STEM and this new facility will give the college a specialist building to train students in advanced technologies, in turn ensuring that local people are able to fill local jobs in these industries.

“This is part of our long-term commitment to Crawley College and investing in the modernisation of our facilities for the benefit of young people in the local area.

“This will also be a centre that will be accessible to local schools, employers and the wider community – it will be a STEM centre that is not just for Crawley College, but for Crawley.”

The facility, which has received funding from the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership, will house cutting edge technology, including virtual and mixed reality technology.

West Sussex-based contractors W Stirland Ltd will be managing the project, which was approved at Crawley Borough Council’s planning meeting on Monday 18 November.

Shaun Stirland, Managing Director at W Stirland, said:

“We are really pleased to be working with the Chichester College Group on this exciting new development.”

Julie Kapsalis, Managing Director at CCG, added:

“We are aiming to address skills shortages in the engineering, construction and IT industries, providing high quality, employer-led training in industry-standard facilities.

“This in turn will help to drive career aspirations, enabling young people to gain the support and training they need to take advantage of the opportunities that exist in these industries.

“The new STEM facility will enhance the way we teach and introduce a whole new way of learning, which is more interactive, creative and engaging and will enable us to develop new courses to train the future workforce in a wide range of specialisms.

“This centre will also integrate STEM technology into all subjects, providing a different approach to teaching and training.”

Building work is due to begin in January 2020, and the building is set to open to students in January 2021.

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