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Crawley Council hopes to tackle local housing needs with two new strategies

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Councillor’s approved two new strategies to support local housing need at the last full council meeting on Monday 16 December.

The Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy looks at:

  • Preventing and relieving homelessness
  • Tackling rough sleeping
  • Meeting the needs of vulnerable people
  • Accessing suitable and affordable accommodation
  • Preventing repeat homelessness.

While the Tenancy Strategy sets out the council’s expectations of social housing providers within the borough to ensure that housing is provided to meet local housing need through best use of housing stock and tenancy management.

These strategies form the council’s response to statutory duties and are shaped by national and local policies. To inform the strategies, a review of housing and homelessness services in the town took place this year alongside a public consultation.

Cabinet member for Housing, Councillor Ian Irvine, said:

“We are all aware of the increasing issue around homelessness and rising housing costs and funding cuts. However the council is committed to working hard for our residents, from providing safe and secure housing to understanding and addressing the causes of rough sleeping.”

For more information about Housing Options, homelessness and rough sleeping, visit www.crawley.gov.uk/housing

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Crawley car park wins safety award

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Orchard Street multi-storey car park has been awarded the Park Mark from the British Parking Association.

The distinctive Park Mark signage is beneficial to drivers when they are looking for a safe place to park their car confidently. Park Mark helps you tell the difference.

To achieve the award, the car park undergoes a rigorous assessment by specially trained police assessors to ensure the high standard of the car park. Now Orchard Street has received this award, they have regular management practices and security measures assessed to actively reduce crime. Park Mark car parks look safer, feel safer and they are safer!

Orchard Street car park is secure, with high-quality CCTV and Automatic Number Plate Recognition technology (ANPR) installed as well as regular Civil Enforcement Officer patrols. Not only is the car park secure, they work hard to protect the environment by using refurbished, low-energy lighting.

The car park is now open 24 hours, so if you need to leave your car in a safe place for the evening, Orchard Street is in the perfect location. It also provides easy access to Crawley Station, Crawley Hospital and the town centre.

Season tickets are available for residents and businesses with little or no parking facilities and for those working in the town centre. Disabled parking is free with a blue badge.

Councillor Gurinder Jhans said:

“Orchard Street Car Park being awarded the Park Mark is a vote of confidence that shows it is a safe and stress-free place for people to park their vehicles.

“Whatever reason you are visiting the town centre, you can rest assure that this is a car park that can be trusted.”

For more information visit crawley.gov.uk/parking

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