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Crawley ranked 5th highest in whole country for excellent food hygiene standards

Crawley residents can dine out in comfort after the Food Standards Agency, ranked Crawley second in the South East and fifth in the country for excellent food hygiene standards.

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In a recent report released by the Food Standards Agency, Crawley was awarded a score of 4.70 out of five.

The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS) is upheld by Environmental Health Officers from the council who undertake regular inspections to ensure businesses comply with food safety regulations.

It exists to give customers a general idea of how well a premises upholds food hygiene standards. Ratings range from zero (urgent improvement needed) to five (very good).

Three criteria’s are used when awarding a food hygiene rating:

  • Hygienic food handling – The preparation and cooking of food, how it is reheated/cooled and stored
  • Physical condition of the premises and facilities – whether the premises has an appropriate layout, adequate lighting, a high standard of cleanliness and suitable ventilation and pest control
  • Food safety management – evidence that the business is taking precautions to keep food safe, such as staff training records and logs of relevant checks.

Cabinet member for Environmental Services and Sustainability, Councillor Geraint Thomas, said:

“I am delighted at the findings of this report. Our Environmental Health Officer work diligently to ensure that all food premises in Crawley are held to high standards of health and safety and it is great to see their hard work recognised.”

To find out more about food safety, visit www.crawley.gov.uk/foodsafety

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DON’T FORGET: From 1st Dec you must show ID when visiting Crawley’s Household Recycling site

Residents are being reminded that they will need to take ID with them when they visit a West Sussex Household Waste Recycling Site (HWRS) from 1 December 2019.

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The new system is designed to save West Sussex taxpayers £250,000 per year by ensuring the sites are only used by those who pay for them.

Householders will need to prove they live within West Sussex by showing a form of ID such as a drivers licence or council tax bill.

The scheme has been introduced due to the high number of people travelling across county boundaries to recycle and dispose of their waste. This has a significant impact on waste disposal costs which ultimately fall to the West Sussex taxpayer.

Surveys have shown that an average of one in ten people using HWRSs closest to the county borders live outside of West Sussex.

At East Grinstead, this can increase to as many as one in five people. 

In response to this residents in certain areas of Surrey will be able to continue using the East Grinstead Household Waste Recycling Site, following an agreement between Surrey and West Sussex County Councils.

The councils have agreed a settlement which means Surrey residents living in the following postcodes – RH7 6, RH10 3, RH19 2, RH19 3, TN8 7, TN8 5 and TN8 6 – who find it easier to use the East Grinstead site, will still be able to do so.

All other sites in West Sussex will be restricted to West Sussex residents only from 1 December.

The new policy will be enforced through identification checks at HWRSs entrances to confirm that the site visitor pays their council tax to West Sussex County Council. 

People will need to show only one form of identification, such as:

• Current driving licence (photo card or paper licence)
• TV licence – less than a year old
• Council tax or utility bill – less than a year old

Further details about the changes can be found when visiting HWRSs and online at www.westsussex.gov.uk and www.recycleforwestsussex.org.

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