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

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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 www.westsussex.gov.uk/libraries for more details about your local library’s regular opening hours. 

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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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