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Dispersal Order for Tilgate Park from Friday 5th June

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Crawley Council Leader Peter Lamb has announced that a dispersal order is to be in place from 5th June.

Speaking on his weekly live stream on Facebook Councillor Lamb said:

“We also now have a dispersal order in place in Tilgate Park from tomorrow morning in response to the poor behaviour we have seen in there over recent weeks.

This will give police the immediate power to kick people out and deal with fines if they dont move. Most people are very well behaved but it is the few that make it incredibly difficult.”

What does this mean?

A dispersal power will give the police the power to disperse individuals or groups causing or likely to cause ASB in public places.

Police officers will be able to require a person to leave an area and not return for up to 48 hours.

Fines can apply for those who do not comply and in very serious situations a prison term is also an option.

With police patrols increasing through the Tilgate Park area it is hoped this additional measure will help alleviate problems.

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New £100k pedestrian crossing for families’ taking children to school installed in West Green

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West Green Primary School Business Manager Annette pictured trying the new crossing with her daughter before the school reopened.

A new pedestrian crossings has been installed in the past few months and is now operational, helping families with the walk to a school in West Green.

The crossing in Crawley cost £100,00 and is aimed to improve safety for families with school-age children – plus pedestrians generally.

With schools reopening and roads becoming busier after lockdown, people are being encouraged to leave their cars at home and consider other travel choices.

Roger Elkins, Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure, said:

“The new crossings provide a safer route to schools for families and to other local amenities for pedestrians generally.

“People are being encouraged to consider walking or cycling for their journeys, if they can. It’s a great way to get fit, save fuel money and reduce the number of cars on the road. This in turn will improve air quality and reduce congestion.”

West Green Primary School requested the Puffin crossing for West Green Drive and worked with the county council’s transport improvements team to build the case for road safety improvements.

Other enhancements had already been introduced, including ‘School Keep Clear’ markings, to provide pupils and parents with a safer environment.

Throughout this process, West Green continued to provide pupils with road safety education and encourage sustainable travel.

West Green Primary School Business Manager Annette Tomsett said:

“The school is delighted to have worked closely with West Sussex County Council in bringing to fruition this crossing. It will make a huge difference in the safe route to school for our pupils and families, alongside having a positive impact for the whole community for now and for the future.”

The improvements cost a total of about £100,000.

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