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From Dec 1st you will need to show ID to use recycling site in Crawley

A new system to allow only West Sussex residents to use Household Waste Recycling Sites (HWRSs) is expected to save local taxpayers £250,000 per year.



Surveys have shown that an average of one in ten people using HWRSs closest to the county borders live outside of West Sussex. At East Grinstead, this can increase to as many as one in five people. 

It’s thought the high number of people travelling across county boundaries is down to tougher restrictions imposed by neighbouring authorities.

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

“We are in the position where sites in West Sussex are located close to the borders of neighbouring authorities. And at the same time other councils have introduced tough restrictions which limit what people can dispose of.

“This puts us at a disadvantage because people are choosing to travel to West Sussex with their waste, where currently such restrictions don’t apply.

“This is having a significant impact on waste disposal costs which ultimately fall to the West Sussex taxpayer. With the current state of local government finances we simply cannot continue to subsidise other counties in this way and so we are looking to introduce this new scheme to address this imbalance.”

The County Council will limit the use at all 11 of its HWRSs to West Sussex residents only from 1 December 2019. 

The new policy will be enforced through identification checks at the entrances to HWRSs to confirm that the site visitor pays their council tax to West Sussex County Council. 

People will need to show only one form of identification, such as:

• Current driving licence (photo card or paper licence)
• TV licence – less than a year old
• Council tax or utility bill – less than a year old

Further details about the changes will be advertised at HWRSs and online at and in the coming weeks.


Furniture Village opens its doors in Crawley’s County Oak Retail Park



Crawley welcomes Furniture Village who will open a brand-new store in County Oak retail park this Boxing Day.

The new location offers a Carpetright concession, providing a one-stop-shop for customers looking to update their homes.

Visitors to the new Furniture Village store will be invited to create their ‘home in one’, by exploring collections for every room of the house, from sofas to beds to dining.

Charlie Harrison, Commercial Director at Furniture Village, comments:

“With much of the UK under lockdown, I’m delighted we’ve been able to open our new store in Crawley. County Oak is a fantastic shopping destination and the ideal choice for Furniture Village.

“It’s been a challenging year for everyone, but I am incredibly proud of the Furniture Village team which continues to offer industry-leading quality, choice and service. As well as Family Retailer of the Year, we’ve also been awarded National Bed Retailer of the Year so I’m particularly looking forward to welcoming customers to our new bed department.”

The store will see a team of 11 expert sales consultants offering valuable insights and advice to customers, all made possible thanks to enhanced Covid-19 safety measures.

These include temperature checks, PPE for all staff and hand sanitisation stations, along with an appointment booking system which can be accessed via the website.

Charlie Harrison, Commercial Director at Furniture Village, adds:

“Customer safety is still, and will continue to be, a priority for us. The feedback from all of our existing stores continues to be overwhelmingly positive, with the appointment booking system providing reassurance and exceptional service for customers.”

The store will open at 9am on Saturday 26th December 2020. Opening offers include Sale discounts of up to 50% plus an additional £50 off every £500 spent.

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