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



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


Crawley Council to begin reopening play areas this week



Crawley Council has announced that they are planning a phased reopening of the towns play areas, beginning this week.

The 17 play areas below will reopen by Friday (17 July) and the council say they look forward to welcoming people back safely.

1. Bewbush Pocket Park under 7s

Bewbush Pocket Park over 7s

Bewbush MUGA

2. Broadfield Barton play area

Broadfield Barton toddler

Broadfield Barton kickabout

3. Dobbins Place, Ifield

Dobbins kickabout

4. Furnace Green playing fields

5. Gainsborough Road, Tilgate

6. Goffs Park upper

Goffs Park lower

7. Grattons Park, Pound Hill

8. Ifield Green playing fields

Ifield Green playing fields youth area

Ifield Green playing fields kickabout

9. Kidborough Road, Gossops Green

10. Knepp Close, Pound Hill

11. Langley Green playing fields

12. Maidenbower playing fields

Maidenbower kickabout and youth area

Maidenbower assault course

13. Stone Court, Maidenbower

14. Northgate playing fields

Northgate playing fields

Northgate kickabout

15. Three Bridges playing fields

Three Bridges MUGA

16. West Green playing fields

17. Lutyens Close, Bewbush

The safety of all those using our play areas is our top priority.

Please follow this guidance, which will be displayed at the entrance to all of the play areas:·

All users are responsible for following government guidelines and giving appropriate guidance to children on the use of equipment

· Maintain social distancing and avoid over-crowding

· Wipe down equipment before and after use

· One person or family unit per piece of equipment at a time and allow others their turn

· One adult per family group

· No food and drink please

· Anyone failing to adhere to government guidelines may be asked to leave.

Thanks for your patience.

Further play areas will be reopened in phases in the coming weeks.

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