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Crawley joins money-saving initiative

Crawley Borough Council has become one of the founding members of the Local Government Mutual, helping to save money every year.

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The mutual aims to save its members money by offering an effective alternative to the conventional insurance products and services available to local authorities.

Any surpluses the mutual generates may be used to reduce the cost of insurance, improve the claims process or returned back to members as income.

The structure of the mutual means the council will not pay insurance premium tax, currently set at 12 per cent, on the vast majority of insurance products.

As well as saving money, the mutual puts councils in control by working together, sharing knowledge of best practice and reducing members’ risk exposure without increased costs.

Leader of the Council, Councillor Peter Lamb, said:

“It’s great to see Crawley Borough Council become a founding member of this initiative. The mutual is another way the council is saving money to put back into services and to reduce the forecasted budget gap.”

As a member, the council can still choose between the mutual and private companies for its insurance. However, the mutual can offer price matching or better cover that is up-to-date with changes in local authorities’ organisational and operational activities.  

The council can insure through the mutual from 1 April 2020.

Find out more about the Local Government Mutual here: www.local.gov.uk/new-local-government-mutual


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£166,500 on cycle ways for 0.14% of Crawley cyclists who use it while motorists continue to suffer pothole misery

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It’s hoped that by improving the cycle ways that it will encourage more people to stop using cars and to get on their bikes but at the current rates of use the increase would have to be extraordinary according to the very statistics recorded of its current use.

But currently counters set up by West Sussex County Council show that on the proposed investment route only 150 cycle journeys are made every day. These journeys ‘could’ be made up of cyclists making several journeys back and forth so the data is not clear on the reality of how many are using it.

But with the data interpreted as the number of cyclists being 150 this translates to a shocking 0.14% of Crawley residents cycling.

Meanwhile the town continues to be blighted by dangerous potholes that are causing damage to residents vehicles.

West Sussex County Council has now approved the go-ahead for a route from Three Bridges to Manor Royal, Crawley and Pound Hill to Crawley town centre (4.5km) which is estimated to cost £166,500

On Hazelwick Avenue: Provision of protected on-carriageway cycle lanes connecting with the existing National Cycle Network 21 route (with potential to improve this section). This will provide an alternative travel link to Manor Royal Business District, Crawley and Gatwick.

For A2220 Hastlett Avenue: The scheme will provide continuity and protect the existing cycleway, linking the residential areas of Pound Hill, Three Bridges and Burley’s Wood to the town centre. There is the potential for this to be made permanent.

A West Sussex County Council spokesperson said:

“We have counters in Worth Park Avenue and these suggest an average of approximately 150 cycle journeys are made in this area every day.

“Both we and our Crawley Borough Council colleagues believe that, with the right investment, the cycling potential for this route would increase significantly.

“The Government has developed the ‘Rapid Cycleway Prioritisation Toolkit’ – an online tool to help local authorities identify and prioritise cycling investment. The toolkit highlights Hazelwick Avenue as one of the top priority routes for cycling investment in the county.”

Even if the increase of use goes up a huge 1000%, this would still only be 1.4% of the people in the town or those useing it for work.

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