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Crawley Council demands West Sussex Council change decision over cuts or relationship is over

In a strongly worded letter to the leader of West Sussex Council, Crawley has made it clear the relationship is over if action is not taken immediately.



Is the relationship with West Sussex County Council now broken?

In a dramatic statement Crawley Council Leader Peter Lamb has tweeted a letter that he has written to West Sussex County Council following the news of potential cuts that would threaten charitable businesses like Open House from operating.

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The strongly worded letter pulls no punches and states:

“Until such time as West Sussex Changes its course we will be withdrawing from West Sussex Leader Board activities and while honouring current agreements, we will be taking no further steps towards joint working the county. 

We simple cannot work with people who believe such actions to be moral.”

Last week a petition was started in an attempt to show local support and to save Open House which is just one of many shelters that would be affected.

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As of publication over 6,400 people had signed the petition.

The full letter is below to read.

The full letter from Crawley Council leader Peter Lamb.

West Sussex County Council have been contacted for a statement.


Aged 9-15? Auditions announced for this years panto at The Hawth

The Hawth, in partnership with Evolution Productions are looking for girls to be part of the Juvenile Ensemble for their spectacular pantomime, DICK WHITTINGTON this Christmas!



Registration will take place at 10am on Saturday 22 June 2019 at The Hawth.

To audition you must be between the ages 9–15 (inclusive) on 1 September 2019 and be under 5’ 2”.

Producers say that auditions will end approximately 2 hours after the start time but you may need to stay longer if you are successful.

You don’t need to prepare anything – you’ll be taught a routine on the day. They ask you come wearing comfortable clothes and soft/dance shoes and advise that you bring some water, but no other food or drink.

They added, “Pantomime is a huge team effort, and we will require full commitment for the rehearsal period and the full run of the production (Monday 25 November 2019 – Sunday 5 January 2020).”

Click here to download an audition registration form.

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