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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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Crawley housing development named after local soldier

A new housing development in the town centre has been named after a Crawley soldier who was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2009.

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The Family of John Brackpool

The site of the former Kilnmead Car Park site, has been named John Brackpool Close in honour of Private John Brackpool. The development is home to 32 flats and five houses. The block of flats, has been named John Brackpool Court.

The family of Pte Brackpool, Council officers and members of the 4th Battalion, Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment, gathered together for an unveiling ceremony, which included readings from the Regiment’s Padre, poems and prayers.

The commemorative plaque was unveiled by Pte Brackpool’s mother, Carol, while young family members laid a remembrance wreath.

Pte John Brackpool was born in Crawley on 11 July 1981. He joined the Army and served with The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment, during which time he deployed on operations to Kosovo and Iraq. He had left the Regular Army, but volunteered to serve with 1st Battalion Welsh Guards for a six-month operational tour to Afghanistan. He was killed on 9 July 2009 while on operations near Char-e-Anjir, just outside Lashkar Gah, in Helmand province, two days before his 28th birthday.

Speaking at the event, Cabinet member for Housing, Councillor Ian Irvine, said:

“On behalf of the council I am delighted we have been able to honour the memory of Private Blackpool with the naming of this new development. This is a fitting tribute recognising his bravery and sacrifice and our thanks go out to his family for working with us, the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment for putting together this special event and W Stirland for providing the plaque.”

Continuing this, Carol Brackpool said:

“I would like to thank the council and 4PWRR for making the day special. It was a sad but also very proud day. It’s lovely that John will be remembered.” Council developer partner, W. Stirland is developing the affordable rented housing, which are due to be completed by the end of October.

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