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Crawley continues to grow as more tenants move into council accommodation

The population of Crawley’s newest neighbourhood is growing in size, with the 100th council tenant moving into their property earlier this month.

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The latest additions are part of the council’s ambitious programme to build more than 1,000 new council homes across Crawley, including more accessible properties for residents.

New tenant Katie Vye-Parminter, said:

“When I saw the house I was amazed, I cried when I saw the down stairs cloakroom, as my nine year old daughter has mobility issues so it’s just perfect for her. It is so spacious and it could be converted into a wet room if needed at a later date.

“The children now also have their own bedrooms and their own space. We are delighted.”

The borough’s newest neighbourhood is currently being developed by Taylor Wimpey and Persimmon and will have more than 1900 properties once completed.  All the council homes being built in Forge Wood will be charged at social rents.

Over in Lonsdale Court, Three Bridges Road, new tenant Danielle Miles is settling into her new accessible flat, that offers an adjustable sink, wider rooms and doorways, a spacious wet room and a wheelchair storage area.

Speaking about her new home, Danielle said:

“I was blown away! I had been looking at the plans for about a year and it’s exceeded my expectations.

“The flat is so spacious lots of room for my wheelchair. Where I was before, the doorways were so narrow I was always grazing my knuckles. The adaptations are first class.”

Lonsdale Court has ten one-bedroom and four two-bedroom flats and was completed earlier this year by regular council developer partner, Westridge Construction.

Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Ian Irvine, said:

“I am delighted to have been able to meet our new tenants and see and hear the difference that their new homes have made to them already.

“Building new homes for our residents is one of our top priorities and we are making great progress towards our goal.”

Work is also underway on two new developments in the town, 22 flats and 22 houses are currently being built at the old Goffs Park Depot and 32 flats and five houses at Kilnmead Car Park. Both development will be completed this year.  

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Crawley teacher wins Sussex teacher of the year award

It’s been an outstanding few weeks for Hannah Joyner a Learning Mentor at Thomas Bennett Community College who has been awarded Wellbeing Champion of the Year at the Sussex Teacher of the Year awards ceremony.

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Working closely with students at the school Hannah offers outstanding pastoral support and always goes the extra mile. 

The heartfelt nomination was written by a student who said:

“She makes the school a better place where we feel like there is someone supporting us all the way”.

It’s clear to see that Miss Joyner loves her job and says “The students at the school are outstanding young people who are a pleasure to work with.  Hearing such wonderful words from a student validates why I enjoy what I do”.

Offering students excellent pastoral care and ensuring they feel supported at school is so important.  The students at Thomas Bennett Community College are obviously appreciative of the wonderful work the school do and this is so lovely to hear.

Headteacher Stuart Smith said:

“The whole school community are very proud of Miss Joyner for winning the Wellbeing Champion award and for making such an important contribution to the lives of our students.”

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