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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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BREAKING NEWS: Sainsbury’s to close Crawley town centre store

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It has been an historic part of the town centre for decades, but now the supermarket on Queensway is to close its doors with the potential loss of jobs.

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Sainsbury’s says it has made the difficult decision after announcing it would close up to 15 supermarkets a year ago, pre-covid.

Sources close to the Crawley supermarket say that staff began finding out the news yesterday.

The supermarket said they would work with their staff at the site to try to find alternative roles within the firm.

A Sainsbury’s spokesperson speaking to Crawley News 24 said,

“We have updated colleagues on the difficult decision to close our Crawley store and we are doing everything we can to find alternative roles within Sainsbury’s for those affected.

“Customers can continue to shop with us online and at our nearby stores. For example, our West Green store is a short drive away.”

Whilst a date for the closure has not been announced, some sources say it could be as soon as January ’21.

Cllr Peter Smith Cabinet member for Planning and Economic said:

“I am sorry for the staff that will lose their jobs at this difficult time when most supermarkets are reporting improving profits.

We have had enquiries from other supermarkets looking for suitable sites who may recognise that there will shortly be an additional 2500 residential homes just a short walk away from this prestigious location. We will be doing all we can to help find a quality occupier as soon as we can.”

Crawley Councillor Francis Guidera said:

“It is tremendously saddening to read that one of the original major shops in the town centre is closing. A lot of housing provision is currently being created in the town centre area and there is an increasing, not decreasing need for food retailers in the town centre.

We haven’t even begun to knock down the administrative offices of the town hall which will be replaced by a huge apartment block, and they are still building the first apartment block on the former council car park as I type this! I genuinely hope that another food retailer grabs the huge opportunity to take on that store.”

The news comes just one after one of the most iconic town centre independent store, P&J Sweets also announced they were to close.

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