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Crawley’s ‘pop-up cycle lanes’ to be removed

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In a move that many will rejoice at, the Covid pop-up cycle lanes are to be removed across Crawley.

Sources say that a decision to remove them is imminent from the County Council despite correspondence saying a decision has not yet been made.

West Sussex County Council are expected to agree to their removal and make the announcement this week after a barrage of complaints, including a petition that was put out on social media as well as lobbying by Crawley’s MP.

Ever since their installation in Three Bridges, there has been many who have complained about their ‘complete failure’ to both encourage and sustain a better transportation network through the area.

With autumn bringing about the flurry of fallen leaves across the road, the cycle lanes have become a nightmare for the few cyclists who have even attempted at using them.

Now residents and commuters will be able to navigate the area much more easily once the lanes are removed.

The removal was first signaled through a response by Crawley MP Henry Smiths office to a tweet that said the lanes were ‘unusable and dangerous’.

Dan Armstrong, who launched a petition over the cycle lanes that gained 4,593 signatures said:

“We began petitioning this 6 weeks ago, I was due to present this petition on Friday to a meeting of WSCC, where I was hoping to present alternative options so cyclists still had a safe place to cycle in our town. It’s good to see our MP takes notice of our concerns”

CN24 has since learnt that West Sussex County Council is expected to make an official announcement within days about their removal.

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Police drop investigation in alleged bullying of Oriel High School boy

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Sussex Police have confirmed they have made the decision to drop an investigation into an incident of alleged bullying.

The investigation was launched following an outcry from concerned residents when a video emerged on social media.

The video has since been taken down from most social media accounts.

Earlier Susses Police had confirmed they had launched an investigation into the incident and were liaising with Oriel High School.

Now it appears their investigation has turned up new information which has led to their decision to drop the police’s involvement and hand it over to the school.

A statement from Sussex Police said:

“Police have investigated the circumstances surrounding a video on social media showing the alleged bullying of a boy by fellow students from Oriel High School in Maidenbower, Crawley.

As a result, the matter has been passed to the school for any action they feel is appropriate.”

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