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Former council depot transformed into over forty homes in Southgate, Crawley

Crawley Borough Council’s latest housing project has been completed, offering bright, new, modern homes for local residents.

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Cllr Irvine and Cllr Pickett

Formerly used a council depot, the site on Old Horsham Road, Southgate has been transformed into 44 properties comprising 22 flats in four blocks and 22 houses in five terraces.

This development is part of the council’s own affordable housing scheme and work was carried out by council developer partner, Westridge Construction Ltd.

• Cllr Irvine and Cllr Pickett with new residents Dan and Rachael Punnett with their two month old baby, Griffin

Westridge successfully built the council’s first Passivhaus scheme in Gales Place, Three Bridges and 18 affordable flats and Scout Hut in Langley Green.

Leader of Crawley Borough Council, Councillor Peter Lamb, said:

“Against extremely tough conditions, the council has been working hard to make housing more affordable for local people, including building hundreds of real council homes for the first time in a generation.”

“While we can’t fix the housing crisis on our own, this council won’t stop trying until every resident can afford a place of their own.”

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Crawley’s Community Wardens successfully retain police accreditation

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Crawley Borough Council’s Community Wardens have successfully retained their Sussex Police accreditation.

The Community Warden Team was granted accreditation status again in December 2019 by the Chief Constable of Sussex Police, Giles York. This lasts for three years. Crawley Borough Council’s wardens have been accredited since 2008.

The Community Safety Accreditation Scheme (CSAS) allows organisations and their employees working in community safety to be given targeted police powers by the Chief Constable. These powers can help them become more effective in their role and contribute to community safety and security, as well as combat crime and disorder, public nuisance and anti-social behaviour.

Additional powers the Community Wardens have under CSAS are:

  • Power to require the name and address of a person whom they have reasons to believe has committed a relevant offence (such as causing injury, alarm or distress to any other person or the loss or damage to any person’s property, or a relevant Fixed Penalty Offence)
  • Power to require name and address of a person acting in an anti-social manner.
  • Power to require persons drinking in a designated place to surrender alcohol and to dispose of any alcohol
  • Power to require persons aged under 18 to surrender alcohol and to dispose of any alcohol
  • Power to seize tobacco from a person aged under 16 and to dispose of it
  • Power to stop cycles when they have reasons to believe that a person has committed the offence of riding on a footpath.

CSAS also allows for greater partnership working between the police and local organisations, as well as raising the priority of community safety.

Councillor Gurinder Jhans, Cabinet member for Environmental Services and Sustainability, said:

“It is great to see the Community Wardens retain their Sussex Police accreditation. They play such an important role within Crawley; it’s vital that they have this accreditation so they can use the additional powers to help Sussex Police keep Crawley safe.”

You can report anti-social behaviour by filling in our form at www.crawley.gov.uk/communitywardens or calling 01293 438000 during normal office hours. For an urgent response between 8am and 9.30pm, seven days a week, call the Community Wardens on 07884 492324.

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