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Crawley Council Leader asks Chancellor for help over homelessness

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The leader of Crawley Borough Council has written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer supporting Crisis’s campaign over the raising of the Local Housing Allowance.

In his letter Mr Lamb says:

“Fulfilling the Government’s promise that it will end rough sleeping by 2027 requires substantial work to prevent homelessness in the first place, in addition to tackling the number of people already sleeping on our streets.”

He goes on to add that by increasing the Local Housing Allowance it will help councils deliver results with immediate impact.

Mr Lamb also writes that research by the Local Government Association in England has found that 86% of responding councils identified private sector affordability as a barrier to rehousing people which he says carries an unnecessary human cost and acts as a false economy for local and national government.

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New £100k pedestrian crossing for families’ taking children to school installed in West Green

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West Green Primary School Business Manager Annette pictured trying the new crossing with her daughter before the school reopened.

A new pedestrian crossings has been installed in the past few months and is now operational, helping families with the walk to a school in West Green.

The crossing in Crawley cost £100,00 and is aimed to improve safety for families with school-age children – plus pedestrians generally.

With schools reopening and roads becoming busier after lockdown, people are being encouraged to leave their cars at home and consider other travel choices.

Roger Elkins, Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure, said:

“The new crossings provide a safer route to schools for families and to other local amenities for pedestrians generally.

“People are being encouraged to consider walking or cycling for their journeys, if they can. It’s a great way to get fit, save fuel money and reduce the number of cars on the road. This in turn will improve air quality and reduce congestion.”

West Green Primary School requested the Puffin crossing for West Green Drive and worked with the county council’s transport improvements team to build the case for road safety improvements.

Other enhancements had already been introduced, including ‘School Keep Clear’ markings, to provide pupils and parents with a safer environment.

Throughout this process, West Green continued to provide pupils with road safety education and encourage sustainable travel.

West Green Primary School Business Manager Annette Tomsett said:

“The school is delighted to have worked closely with West Sussex County Council in bringing to fruition this crossing. It will make a huge difference in the safe route to school for our pupils and families, alongside having a positive impact for the whole community for now and for the future.”

The improvements cost a total of about £100,000.

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