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From Monday new temporary Household Recycling Site to open in Crawley

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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.

For more information, visit: www.westsussex.gov.uk/recycling

Henry Smith

Henry Smith MP: Brexit and a vaccine

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In his article this week, Crawley MP Henry Smith talks about Brexit and the new Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.

As the UK entered the New Year it did so having finally delivered what Crawley and the country voted for in the Brexit referendum almost half a decade previously.

Last week I voted for the European Union (Future Relationship) Act which allows the British Government to implement and ratify the agreements secured between the UK and the EU.

With no role for the European Court of Justice and no requirements for the UK to continue to follow EU law, and no more payments of billions of pounds to Brussels, we fulfil one of the key aims of Brexit, which is to secure this country’s political and economic independence. This means, of course, that our laws are determined by elected politicians in the United Kingdom who are accountable to the British people.

Britain’s commitment to maintaining high labour, environment and climate standards now ensure we do not give the EU any say over our rules.

In areas such as the living wage, entitlements to sick pay, parental leave and annual leave, UK policy already goes further than EU requirements.

The Future Relationship Act represents the largest free trade agreement in history, not only allowing the UK full access to the EU but also the ability to strike trade deals globally, following recent agreements already signed with countries including Japan, Canada and Turkey.

Looking ahead to 2021; it is welcome that the start of the year has seen the roll-out of the UK-developed University of Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccination.

On Monday the NHS began administering over half a million doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, with 100 million doses secured in total. This is part of a national vaccination programme alongside the Pfizer/BioNTech jab, which has already seen more people inoculated in the UK than the rest of Europe put together. Indeed Great Britain was first globally by several weeks in delivering COVID-19 vaccines to its citizens.

The Government’s plan to roll out vaccinations as swiftly as possible is well underway, with 1,000 vaccination sites up and running by the end of the week.

With this further welcome news on the vaccine we can see an end to the blight of Covid in sight. These are still challenging times but global Britain will deliver in 2021.

Henry Smith MP
Crawley Constituency

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