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Drunks fighting in Tilgate is saddest thing you will see all week but is it a social statement for Crawley?

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No-one ever wants to see a fight going on particularly not in the middle of the day with families around.

But a local resident with her friend caught on camera one of the strangest fights as several reportedly drunk indviduals decided to ‘have a go’ at each other. The video was posted on social media and has had at time of publishing almost 400 shares.

All ‘participants’ appear to be heavily intoxicated and older members of the public with one carrying what looks like nunchucks, swinging them around wildly while people drive past unaware.

In one heart stopping moment one of the men almost gets run over but the driver was able to brake in time.

The resident who asked to remain anonymous said:

“I had just come out of the doctors and with my friend we saw this fight going on outside Tilgate shops. It was hilarious as they were all clearly drunk but unfortunately this is what is being seen more and more around the town.”

Watch the video below, WARNING, viewer discretion advised.

Whilst no police were called to the scene it has been alleged that one of those involved was visited by police later that day.

But whilst some will find the video sad and other amusing it does bring about a bigger question about what is happening around the town on a daily basis and how is it going to be addressed.

With reports of robberies in broad daylight and assaults in supermarkets does more need to be done by the authorities or by the council?

News was released in the past week of more police officers to be employed country wide and only this week the Police Commissioner announced more money for addressing those who commit crimes. But this does nothing to address what is happening right now on the streets in this town.

Sussex Police have been approached for comment.

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Watch amazing time lapse as new Town Hall comes to life in Crawley

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A time lapse video of the new Town Hall has been released by Crawley Borough Council, condensing 10 months of construction into just 100 seconds.

The video, which can be viewed here, shows the empty site transformed into a striking nine-storey building. Crawley Borough Council will occupy the bottom 3.5 floors and rent out commercial space on the upper floors.

The name of the commercial space will be The Create Building. The available floor space is between 14,000 sq ft and 77,000 sq ft and Crawley-based SHW are marketing this on behalf of the council. For more information visit shw.co.uk/crawley

The landmark building, which is expected to be ready for occupation in February 2022, is part of a wider regeneration scheme at the eastern end of The Boulevard in Crawley town centre.

The scheme also includes 273 flats (of which 109 will be affordable), a new public square, public realm improvements, ground floor commercial space for a restaurant/café and district energy centre. It is a joint development between Crawley Borough Council and Westrock.

The entire redevelopment is transforming a major town centre opportunity site. The new Town Hall will:

  • Secure the council’s finances through the ability to generate new revenue from commercial office tenants whilst achieving significant savings on the council’s current running costs
  • Provide a better, fit-for-purpose building for customers, staff and councillors
  • Contribute to achieving the council’s wider ambitions around affordable housing, post-Covid economic recovery, and tackling climate change.

Councillor Peter Lamb, Leader of Crawley Borough Council, said: “We are facing enormous challenges as a town: financial, as we are forced to keep doing more with less; social, as we struggle with a housing crisis decades in the making; and environmental, as we need to move quickly to zero-carbon to avoid climate catastrophe. The redevelopment of the Town Hall site is a vital part of Crawley’s efforts to meet all three challenges.” For more information visit investcrawley.co.uk/town-hall

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