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Crawley’s libraries to close for whole day as IT systems are upgraded



crawley library to close on monday 10th Feb
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All Crawley’s and West Sussex libraries will be closed on Monday 10 February for the installation of a new staff library computer system. 

Whilst the installation is happening the following services will be unavailable:

  • The online catalogue and library app will not be available to search, reserve or renew any items from 10am on Sunday 9 February. They are expected to be up and running again on Tuesday 11 February at midday, however this date/time is subject to change.
  • The telephone renewals line (01243 642110) will not be available during this period. 

Please note that no items will be due for renewal on Monday 10 or Tuesday 11 February.

Duncan Crow, Cabinet Member for Fire and Rescue and Communities, said:

“We know that the one-day closure of all libraries is not ideal for our residents and we appreciate their patience whilst the works are undertaken.”

All libraries will reopen as usual on Tuesday 11 February, but the public computers will not be available until the new system is up and running.

Please visit for more details about your local library’s regular opening hours. 


Crawley council ask if you want the town to continue to have an alcohol PSPO to prevent anti-social behaviour



It has been mistaken in the past as an order to prohibit the consumption of alcohol in a public place, but the PSPO is in-fact a tool to allow police and council officers to request an individual to stop consuming and to hand over alcohol in their posession in order to prevent nuisance and anti-social behaviour.

The current Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) expires in October this year, 2020.

Now the council is asking residents and business owners in the town whether they want to see another PSPO activated for another three years.

The map shows the boundary the PSPO will cover.

In a release Crawley Council say;

“Crawley Borough Council is proposing to implement a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) under Section 59 Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, designating the area of Crawley edged in blue on the plan referred to in the PSPO as a restricted area for alcohol related anti-social behaviour, for 3 years. The PSPO will be a tool available to the police and council to reduce the impact that alcohol related nuisance and anti-social behaviour has on the community of Crawley.

There is currently an Alcohol PSPO in place which expires in October, this transitioned from a Designed Public Places Order (Consumption of Intoxicating Liquor) in 2017. The Designated Public Places Order had been in place since 2006. The new PSPO would replace the current PSPO when it expires.
The Order will prohibit the consumption of alcohol in a public place where it is associated with nuisance and anti-social behaviour or it is believed it will lead to nuisance and anti-social behaviour. The Order will give the police and authorised council officers the power to request an individual to stop drinking and hand over any open or sealed container(s) believed to contain alcohol. It will be an offence for anyone to engage in the activity prohibited by the PSPO, when asked to stop. Both the police and council officers will be able to enforce the order and issue fixed penalty notices.”

If you would like to support or object to the propsal then you can do so by filling out a short questionnaire by clicking here.

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