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Council opens up more local job opportunities across Crawley and Sussex

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Looking for something new and rewarding? West Sussex County Council has opened positions which are available throughout the county helping children travel safely to school.

They are looking for drivers and passenger assistants to help deliver their vital school transport service for children travelling to school in rural areas.

They also need people to assist children with special educational needs and disabilities get to and from school.

In readiness for all pupils returning to school from early September following the easing of coronavirus restrictions, the council is expanding its service with extra minibuses and vehicles to help meet an expected increase in demand.

Stuart Collins, Transport Provision Manager, said:

“We are looking for people who share our commitment for all students to travel to school safely. The ongoing wellbeing of our staff and customers is paramount. Though children are classed as low-risk, all our vehicles will be deep cleaned in between shifts, with face coverings provided to all staff and hand sanitiser available for all our customers.

“We offer a great package including full training and the chance to work in friendly teams providing great services. The job isn’t just about getting the children from A to B – our staff use their people skills to engage with children and their parents and carers.”

Anyone interested in finding out more or applying should visit: www.westsussex.gov.uk/jobs

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Gas leak repaired as 700 Crawley residents evacuated after major incident declared

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A gas leak that caused the immediate evacuation of 700 Crawley residents in flats in Milton Mount Avenue, Crawley has finally been repaired sources have revealed to CN24.

The emergency services responded to a major incident at a large block of flats in Milton Mount Avenue, Crawley at around 12.21am this morning (Wed 6th Jan).

The nature of the leak was so severe that it was declared a ‘major incident’.

A multi-agency response was implemented and Sussex Police worked collaboratively with partners including West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, South East Coast Ambulance Service, West Sussex County Council, Crawley Borough Council and Southern Gas to resolve the incident as quickly and safely as possible.

Approximately 700 residents were evacuated and placed in temporary accommodation including hotels.

A source within the emergency services said:

“I have never seen the evacuation of that number of people done so quickly!”

While sources say the gas leak has now been repaired, they added that it will be some time before residents can return due to the need to allow the gas to dissipate.

This has meant that hundreds of residents are now split up across the town in various hotels and shelters awaiting a return to their homes which could take many hours to resolve.

Detective Chief Superintendent Steve Rayland said:

“This is an ongoing incident which has caused huge disruption to hundreds of people on a cold January morning, and I’d like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding as we continue to work with our partners to minimise the ongoing disruption.

“We are working hard to ensure this is dealt with as soon as possible to enable everyone to return home, however this may take several hours yet. In the meantime, we are urging everyone to stay away from the area to allow the responding agencies to focus on resolving the incident to allow residents to return home.

“The exact cause of the gas leak is yet to be determined but not believed to be criminal, and we will provide more information as soon as we are able to.”

Councillor Peter Lamb, Leader of Crawley Borough Council, said:

“The council declared a local authority major incident, supported by all partners, in the early hours of this morning.

“Staff worked together to manage the safe evacuation of residents and to transport them into the temporary accommodation, which was arranged around the town.

“This is an unsettling time for Milton Mount residents and their families. They will be able to return to their homes as soon as it safe for them to do so.”

Milton Mount residents should call 01293 438758 with any questions. Any non-residents with any concerns should call our Contact Centre on 01293 438000

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