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Crawley’s Community Wardens successfully retain police accreditation

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Crawley Borough Council’s Community Wardens have successfully retained their Sussex Police accreditation.

The Community Warden Team was granted accreditation status again in December 2019 by the Chief Constable of Sussex Police, Giles York. This lasts for three years. Crawley Borough Council’s wardens have been accredited since 2008.

The Community Safety Accreditation Scheme (CSAS) allows organisations and their employees working in community safety to be given targeted police powers by the Chief Constable. These powers can help them become more effective in their role and contribute to community safety and security, as well as combat crime and disorder, public nuisance and anti-social behaviour.

Additional powers the Community Wardens have under CSAS are:

  • Power to require the name and address of a person whom they have reasons to believe has committed a relevant offence (such as causing injury, alarm or distress to any other person or the loss or damage to any person’s property, or a relevant Fixed Penalty Offence)
  • Power to require name and address of a person acting in an anti-social manner.
  • Power to require persons drinking in a designated place to surrender alcohol and to dispose of any alcohol
  • Power to require persons aged under 18 to surrender alcohol and to dispose of any alcohol
  • Power to seize tobacco from a person aged under 16 and to dispose of it
  • Power to stop cycles when they have reasons to believe that a person has committed the offence of riding on a footpath.

CSAS also allows for greater partnership working between the police and local organisations, as well as raising the priority of community safety.

Councillor Gurinder Jhans, Cabinet member for Environmental Services and Sustainability, said:

“It is great to see the Community Wardens retain their Sussex Police accreditation. They play such an important role within Crawley; it’s vital that they have this accreditation so they can use the additional powers to help Sussex Police keep Crawley safe.”

You can report anti-social behaviour by filling in our form at www.crawley.gov.uk/communitywardens or calling 01293 438000 during normal office hours. For an urgent response between 8am and 9.30pm, seven days a week, call the Community Wardens on 07884 492324.

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Crawley Borough Council Leader answers residents concerns over COVID-19

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Crawley Borough Council Leader Peter Lamb has taken part in an online Q&A with residents across the town.

In a question and answer session on twitter Mr Lamb answered as many questions and concerns from residents. Here are some of those answered:

Q: When will the council announce it is not collecting its percentage share of council tax for facilities no longer available?

A: Covid-19 is pushing our costs up. Non-essential services which have shut down tend to be ones which generate revenue, while most staff are being moved to focus on emergency response. If you’re struggling with council tax help is available: link is here.

Q: When are you going to completely close Tilgate Park? As a resident of Worcester Road, I have witnessed hundreds of idiots walking side by side (family members or not), not obeying 2 metres. Also there now seems to be an increase in idiots now exercising.

A: Crawley’s parks don’t have fences or gates and in several cases have roads and paths running through them. There isn’t any way of physically closing the parks. However, we’re using Community Wardens to disperse crowds where reported.

Q: What is being done to help the people who have been sleeping rough in the town centre?

A: We’re working with Crawley Open House. Overflow shelter accommodation has been set up and where necessary we will requisition hotel rooms. There’s a place for anyone on our streets right now. In the past three days we’ve placed an extra 52 people into temporary accommodation.

Q: Will the council ban evictions for properties for the duration of the crisis?

A: Evictions from council properties have been banned. Where arrears have been accrued due to financial hardship brought about by the crisis we will work with tenants to find a solution.

Q: What can the council do to enable and encourage residents to take exercise while respecting social distancing? Closing parks seems like a disastrous idea.

A: Our Wardens are breaking up crowds where reported, but they can’t be everywhere. We need personal responsibility. 1 person ignoring rules is likely to infect 3 others, 10 iterations later that’s 59,000 people or 1,180 deaths they have caused. Stay at home – save lives.

Q: Is there any update on the business grants being offered by government to assist SMEs?

A: Yes, several different types of financial support are available, for more information go to: www.crawley.gov.uk/pw/Community_and_Neighbourhoods/ProtectingCrawley/Coronavirus/Businessesandemployers/index.htm

Q: Any update on the support network you mentioned last week? Have you had many volunteers?

A: We’ve had quite a few volunteers (although we could always do with more) and are working on identifying all those at risk. We’re now mostly waiting on getting the food supply chain from Government.

Q: Why do Kier Group still have construction workers on the new Town Hall site? The Government have asked for all non critical work to cease. This is not critical work. As the client, why won’t Crawley Council force their contractors to stand down?

A: We’re working on it at the moment. I’m in favour of them shutting down work and we told them to ditch our timetable last week, but under the contract it’s not our decision.

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