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From Monday new temporary Household Recycling Site to open in Crawley



A temporary recycling point is opening in Crawley following a fire in the main Household Waste Recycling Site (HWRS) building in July 2020.

The temporary HWRS will open on Monday 28 September and will be set up on the lower part of the existing site.

The council say that due to the nature of the temporary site set up there are likely to be delays for visiting residents.

The original HWRS building is to remain closed for approximately two more months while repair work is carried out although reports suggest the structural damage caused could mean work will take much longer.

But the temporary site will not accept all waste, the council say the following restrictions will apply:

• No hazardous waste – including toxic liquids and asbestos.   
• No soil, hardcore or plasterboard
• No trailers or vans
• No trade waste or charity waste

Hazardous liquids, soil and hardcore and vans are accepted at both East Grinstead and Horsham HWRS.

Households with trailers can use the HWRS at East Grinstead. Plasterboard is accepted at Horsham HWRS and asbestos at Burgess Hill HWRS.

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

“Following the large fire at Crawley HWRS in July, I am pleased to confirm that this temporary facility is now ready to open. I understand the inconvenience this has caused many local residents in recent months and I would like to thank you all for your patience.”

The site will re-open on Monday 28 September and will be open until 6pm every day until Sunday 4 October.

From Monday 5 October Winter opening hours will come into effect and the site will be open from 9am – 4pm each day excluding Thursdays.

*Please note all other HWRSs in West Sussex will change to their winter opening hours from Thursday 1 October.*

COVID-19 precautions will be in place at the site to encourage social distancing.

Residents will need to provide ID, for example a current driving licence, to prove they are a West Sussex resident be allowed entry to the site.

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Henry Smith

Henry Smith MP: Poppy Appeal 2020



In his article this week, Crawley MP Henry Smith looks to raise awareness of the importance of continuing support for the Royal British Legion:

Throughout the course of this year we have seen so many aspects of day-to-day life affected by COVID-19, with few being more poignant than the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.

With the pandemic impacting some of the more traditional and familiar ways we remember, I am keen to raise awareness of how we can continue to support the Royal British Legion in a safe and socially distant manner.

  • Poppies in the Post: The Royal British Legion’s website allows you to request 20 poppies free of charge, which can be distributed to friends and neighbours. Many of the volunteers who usually distribute more than 40 million poppies annually are unable to do so this year, so we are being asked to step in to support the Armed Forces community and ensure their contribution to our country is not forgotten. Please remember to make a donation to the Royal British Legion after requesting your poppies.
  • Printable Poppy: Unfortunately, large scale gatherings at the Cenotaph in London, at memorials across Crawley and around the country to pay our respects will be restricted to a smaller number of representatives. The Royal British Legion have therefore launched the Printable Poppy – an A4 poster which can be displayed at home, perhaps in the front window – for us to show our support.
  • My Poppy Run: A further consequence of COVID-19 are the changes to the My Poppy Run events which are usually held in October and November. Due to social distancing, these are taking place virtually, with participants being able to run, jog or walk while raising money.
  • Visit the local supermarket: The Royal British Legion have confirmed that supermarkets including Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Morrisons, Aldi and Asda, in addition to online retailers such as Amazon and eBay, as well as Lloyds Bank and Santander are supporting the 2020 Poppy Appeal. Each location has a number of cashless donation options, and Morrisons and Sainsbury’s offer customers an option to add a donation to their shopping bill.
  • Poppy Shop: With products ranging from poppy pins and jewellery, to clothing, stationery and homeware, 100 per cent of profits from the Poppy Shop go towards the Royal British Legion’s work to support the Armed Forces community.
  • Donate online or by text: The Legion’s website allows supporters to make a donation online, or by sending a text message to donate £2, £5 or £10.

While the ways our country reflects and remembers will undoubtedly feel different, the message remains the same. The sense of duty of all in the Armed Forces community will never be forgotten.

Henry Smith MP
Crawley Constituency

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