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Crawley Borough Council launches fryer safety campaign



Crawley Borough Council is writing to catering companies in the town to give advice on the safe use of deep fat fryers, following serious incidents in the past year.

The letter is accompanied by an information sheet, which covers the safe use of fryers, manual oil filtering and cleaning.

Three incidents involving hot oil in catering premises in Crawley left staff with serious burns and injuries.

The letter reads: “Due to recent life changing incidents involving hot oil in catering establishments, Crawley Borough Council has put together the information sheet on the reverse of this letter.

“We advise that you use this notice to raise awareness of the dangers of working with hot oil and deep fat fryers, and carry out refresher training referring to this guidance.”

The letter also gives advice on risk assessments, servicing of deep fat fryers and fire extinguishers.

Councillor Geraint Thomas, Cabinet member for Environmental Services and Sustainability at Crawley Borough Council, said: “This campaign highlights the safe working practices that all catering establishments must adhere to.

“Recent incidents have shown that while the vast majority of companies follow the rules correctly, some have cut corners at great cost to both their staff and their finances.”

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£2.2m redevelopment of Crawley town centre set for completion by Autumn

The regeneration of Queensway, The Pavement and Kingsgate, is progressing on time and on budget according to the council.



Cllr Roger Elkins and Cllr Peter Smith

The £2.2m scheme is part of the Crawley Growth Programme, funded by Crawley Borough Council, West Sussex County Council, and the Local Growth Fund through the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership.

Blakedown Landscapes, who built the Queens Square, started on site in January, installing new paving along Queensway and The Pavement, and new benches and trees throughout both areas.

Work is currently underway outside Marks and Spencer and will move up towards Kingsgate over the coming weeks. The project is on time to complete in the autumn.

Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Development, Councillor Peter Smith, said:

“It is great to see the project taking shape and the completed areas look fantastic and I thank the public and businesses for their patience while the work is completed.

“Once the development is finished, I am confident that the scheme will build on the success of Queens Square where we have seen around £30m private sector investment in the surrounding properties, including bringing a number of vacant units back into use.

“I look forward to seeing the end result.”

Continuing this, Councillor Roger Elkins, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure, said: “I am delighted to see the Queensway, Pavement and Kingsway scheme progressing to time and on budget.

“This is yet another exciting success story from the Crawley Growth Programme – showing what collaboration and partnership working can achieve to support regeneration.

“The scheme clearly complements and builds on the success of the Queens Square project and I look forward to its completion later this year.”

Jonathan Sharrock, Chief Executive at Coast to Capital said:

“We are thrilled to see such fantastic progress with the Crawley Growth Programme and look forward to seeing the regeneration of Queensway come to fruition.”

All business in the area will remain open while the remainder of the works are carried out. For more information about the project and regular progress reports, please visit

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