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Crawley Borough Council offers free parking for NHS, social care staff and volunteers

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NHS workers, social care staff and volunteers can now park free of charge in a Crawley Borough Council town centre car park until further notice.

The council is pleased to be able to show its support for the NHS during the coronavirus outbreak by offering free parking at Orchard Street multi-storey – a secure, 24-hour car park less than five minutes’ walk from Crawley Hospital.

Councillor Peter Lamb, Leader of the Council, said:

“Nobody who is working tirelessly to help those people who are most in need – whether they work in the NHS or social care or are volunteering – should be paying parking charges.

“This is the right thing to do in this time of crisis.”

To take advantage of the free car parking all that NHS and social care staff, as well as volunteers, need to do is email parking.services@crawley.gov.uk from their work email address with their:

·       Name

·       Vehicle registration number

·       Telephone number

·       Organisation they are working for.

If they only have a personal email address, they should also provide a copy of their identification badge (preferably photo ID) or volunteer identification.

Crawley Borough Council will set them up on the system and confirm by email when this has been done.

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How safe is my school in Crawley? Education union launches COVID-19 map

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The National Education Union, the largest education union in the UK and Europe which represents over 450,000 members has launched a new website that they say provides ‘accurate, accessible and up-to-date information about the Covid-19 rate in the locality of every school in England.’

The site is aimed at people being able to check what the levels of Covid are around the school and whether the school is on a watch list or not.

They say the site is updated weekly, and the data will show the number of Covid-19 cases in a school’s surrounding area, the trend since last week (an increase or decrease in case numbers), whether or not the school is on a watchlist, and links to any local restrictions in place.

They add:

“In much of the country the map will offer reassurance that case numbers are quite low. In others, it will reinforce public health messaging from local authorities and Government that cases are higher. In all situations it will encourage members of the public to follow all public health guidance.

Where cases are higher, it will support head teachers in encouraging parents and other visitors to school sites to maintain social distancing and hygiene.”

Commenting on the launch, Kevin Courtney, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, said: 

“Everyone in the education sector has worked hard to make full opening of schools, colleges and universities as successful as possible this autumn, but they have been let down by the Government which hasn’t even ensured that Covid testing has kept pace with need.

“But this website will also encourage parents to support our asks of the Government that they help to support safety in our schools and colleges.

“Parents, students and staff also need urgent answers on next year’s exams, and how fit for purpose they will be. This is in light of not only the past summer’s fiasco, but also the disruption of local lockdowns in the months ahead.”

You can check the information around your local school at their new site by clicking here.

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