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Crawley Cabinet member rallies his support for towns Council Leader

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Crawley Cabinet Member for Wellbeing and councillor for Gossops Green & North East Broadfield Chris Mullins has rallied his support for Crawley Council Leader Peter Lamb following the resignation of two Labour Councillors.

In a letter penned to the press he writes:

“I am a long serving member of Crawley Borough Council, with a personal history of service going back to 1983.

I have experienced many changes during these years of service, none though have been as difficult as the crisis we are going through now, with Covid 19.

Peter Lamb is the Leader, that this Town has been very fortunate to have had, in post. He has been a steady hand at the helm, when it was most needed.

We should realise and understand, how fortunate we have been, to have a leader, who has the skills and determination, to keep the people of this Town as safe as possible, at this terrible time.

All of Peter’s decisions have been made, on the grounds of Safety and in consultation with members. It is beyond my understanding that he could be accused of not consulting members, at any stage.

He has done this both with the public through his media contact and with members through our internet meetings, briefings and CBC Facebook. This has been an incredibly difficult time, as no physical meetings can take place, indeed the Town Hall has been closed for 3 Months now.

This has not been an easy time for communication. It should be appreciated that every one of us (members and officers) have been working under very difficult circumstances, This is not a time to criticise.

We all work together in the best interests of Crawley.

Peter’s door has always been open, to all who wish to talk to him, as it will continue to be.”

Yours Sincerely
Labour Cllr Chris Mullins

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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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