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Crawley’s Waste Recycling Site to accept more items from this morning

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From Monday 6 July 2020 a wider range of items will be accepted at Household Waste Recycling Sites in Crawley and across West Sussex.

Soil and hardcore will be accepted at all sites with the exception of Bognor, Midhurst and Westhampnett.

Plasterboard can be deposited at Billingshurst, Burgess Hill, Crawley, Horsham, Littlehampton, Shoreham and Worthing.

While asbestos can be taken to Burgess Hill, Crawley and Worthing.

Vehicles with trailers will also be able to access the Crawley, Billingshurst, and Worthing sites on weekday afternoons only, from 1pm to 6pm, as of Monday 6 July.

In order to minimise queues, people are asked not to arrive at the sites before they open, and to check opening times and days online before setting off.

To help ensure social distancing measures are maintained, unless strictly necessary for unloading large or heavy items, only one person should get out of the vehicle.  Residents who require assistance, for example due to mobility issues, can request help by speaking to a member of staff.

Deborah Urquhart, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Environment, said:

“I would like to thank residents for their patience and support during the first few weeks of reopening the Household Waste Recycling Sites across the county.

“The sites are now accepting a much wider range of materials, and while sites have been busy, queueing has eased considerably

“Vans and pickup trucks with a permit have been able to access sites over the last month and trailers will now start to be allowed on selected sites on weekday afternoons – all to help ensure social distancing.”

To check the opening times and days of your local site visit: www.westsussexrecycles.org

To apply for a van or pickup permit, visit: www.westsussex.gov.uk/permitscheme

Follow @WSRecycles on social media or sign up for our e-newsletter at www.wastepreventionwestsussex.co.uk to receive the latest information as it becomes available.

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Crawley jobs at risk as DW Sports goes into administration

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Jobs at DW Sports in Crawley town centre are at risk along with 1,700 hundred jobs across the country as the company announced it is to wind down the business.

The sports website has also been closed with immediate effect.

According to reports closing down sales are due to begin at the remaining stores as the business comes to an end.

Fitness First, a sister company of DW is to continue to operate as a separate company and its 43 clubs are not to be affected by the news.

Chief executive Martin Long said:

“As a consequence of Covid-19, we found ourselves in a position where we were mandated by Government to close down both our retail store portfolio and our gym chain in its entirety for a protracted period, leaving us with a high fixed-cost base and zero income.

“Like many other retail businesses, the consequences of this extremely challenging operating market have created inevitable profitability issues for DW Sports.

“The decision to appoint administrators has not been taken lightly but will give us the best chance to protect viable parts of the business, return them to profitability, and secure as many jobs as possible.

“It is a difficult model for any business to manage through without long-term damage, and with the limited support which we have been able to gain.

“Having exhausted all other available options for the business, we firmly believe that this process can be a platform to restructure the business and preserve many of our gyms for our members, and also protect the maximum number of jobs possible for our team members.”

Crawley Councillor Peter Smith, Cabinet member for Planning and Economic Development, said:

“This is terrible news for the staff of DW Sports; I sympathise with them and hope that they are able to secure other employment quickly. Our Employ Crawley service is currently providing free one-to-one employability and training support to jobseekers by phone, email and text.”

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