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Fire service urges residents to be more careful over Christmas after attending 34 fires including 3 in Crawley last December

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is urging residents to be more careful during the festive period after attending 34 house fires in December 2018.

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The peak in fires was up 39% from the previous month with three of them happening in Crawley.

The main reasons for the fires were cooking, faulty electrical equipment and negligent use of appliances.

Nicki Peddle, Head of Prevention at the fire service, said:

“Christmas can be a very busy time with more distractions when it comes to cooking or using electrical goods.  We’re urging residents to take some time to read through our tips and keep themselves, their loved ones and homes safe.”

Tips include:

  • Deck the halls with lights that conform to the British Standard. Be mindful not to overload plug sockets as this could start a fire.
  • Mistletoe and wine is to be saved for afters! The risk of a fire in the kitchen increase after alcohol is consumed.
  • Tis the season to check your smoke alarm regularly!
  • Santa baby, hurry down the chimney tonight. Have your chimney swept and checked. It might get you back on the nice list and prevent a chimney fire.
  • May your days be merry and bright, and may all your Christmas trees and furnishings be kept away from candles. Never leave candles burning unattended.
  • It’s the most wonderful time of the year…to check on your elderly relatives or neighbours, are they fire safe?
  • It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, toys in every store. Beware of counterfeit electrical items as they could cause a fire.
  • All I want for Christmas is you…to get home safely. Don’t drive under the influence of drink or drugs.

For more fire safety information visit www.westsussex.gov.uk/fire and select our ‘keeping safe’ page.

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Crawley Council want your views on helping tackle traffic and transport issues

Crawley Borough Council’s Cabinet approved plans for a public consultation on New Directions for Crawley, the draft Crawley Transport Strategy, on Wednesday 15 January.

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Crawley Borough Council is committed to enabling healthier and more sustainable transport options, working with West Sussex County Council and other partners to help to tackle traffic congestion and make our streets safer and more attractive.

Crawley Borough Council is developing a strategy to improve how we travel around the town and the choice of transport options for residents and visitors.

You can share your views on New Directions for Crawley, the new draft transport and access strategy.

The strategy proposes a vision of a walkable town along with improved sustainable public transport, car clubs and safecycling, using a mix of innovative and integrated transportfacilities to serve everyone’s needs.

It has been drafted as part of the local response to the climate emergency, which Crawley Borough Council declared at its Full Council meeting in July 2019.  

The council is asking residents to share their thoughts and ideas on the draft document, with the goal of ensuring proposals meet the needs of residents and visitors.

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

“It is really important for the council to hear your views on this draft strategy. “Transport is now recognised as the biggest single contributor to carbon emissions, which in turn causes climate heating.  It can also cause poor air quality and biodiversity loss. 

“We are all aware of the urgency for action on the climate crisis. This is a chance for residents to find what’s possible and to give us their thoughts on ways to improve access for everyone, to reduce congestion and pollution and improve health in our town.”

Residents can provide feedback to the draft Transport Strategy from 20 January to 9am on 17 February 2020 online at www.crawley.gov.uk/consultations or directly by email to NewDirections@crawley.gov.uk

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