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Crawley community group shortlisted to receive £4000 grant

Three local groups have been shortlisted to receive a cash award from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

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Home-Start Crawley, Horsham and Mid Sussex is delighted to have been shortlisted to receive a cash boost from the sale of Tesco carrier bags.

Three local groups have been shortlisted to receive a cash award from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative and shoppers are being invited to head along to Crawley Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant of £4000.

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Home-Start CHAMS is hoping to secure funding for “Twiglets”, their weekly group for families with young twins and triplets, held at Holy Trinity Church Hall in Tilgate on Thursday mornings. The group provides a special place for families to come together, and for young children to take part in messy play, rhyme time and a healthy snack.

Jacquie Thomas, Home-Start CHAMS’ Business Manager said:

“We’re delighted to have been shortlisted for Tesco funding. Our Twiglets group has helped hundreds of local families with multiple birth children, and a grant will help us continue running the group throughout 2018.”

Voting is open in Tesco Extra and the local Express stores throughout March and April. Customers can cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £40 million to 9,700 projects up and down the UK.

Alec Brown, Head of Community at Tesco, said:

“We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for March and April. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see these come to life in hundreds of communities.”

Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more, click here.

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DON’T FORGET: From 1st Dec you must show ID when visiting Crawley’s Household Recycling site

Residents are being reminded that they will need to take ID with them when they visit a West Sussex Household Waste Recycling Site (HWRS) from 1 December 2019.

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The new system is designed to save West Sussex taxpayers £250,000 per year by ensuring the sites are only used by those who pay for them.

Householders will need to prove they live within West Sussex by showing a form of ID such as a drivers licence or council tax bill.

The scheme has been introduced due to the high number of people travelling across county boundaries to recycle and dispose of their waste. This has a significant impact on waste disposal costs which ultimately fall to the West Sussex taxpayer.

Surveys have shown that an average of one in ten people using HWRSs closest to the county borders live outside of West Sussex.

At East Grinstead, this can increase to as many as one in five people. 

In response to this residents in certain areas of Surrey will be able to continue using the East Grinstead Household Waste Recycling Site, following an agreement between Surrey and West Sussex County Councils.

The councils have agreed a settlement which means Surrey residents living in the following postcodes – RH7 6, RH10 3, RH19 2, RH19 3, TN8 7, TN8 5 and TN8 6 – who find it easier to use the East Grinstead site, will still be able to do so.

All other sites in West Sussex will be restricted to West Sussex residents only from 1 December.

The new policy will be enforced through identification checks at HWRSs entrances to confirm that the site visitor pays their council tax to West Sussex County Council. 

People will need to show only one form of identification, such as:

• Current driving licence (photo card or paper licence)
• TV licence – less than a year old
• Council tax or utility bill – less than a year old

Further details about the changes can be found when visiting HWRSs and online at www.westsussex.gov.uk and www.recycleforwestsussex.org.

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