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Furnace Green power cut causes headache for residents and police around Crawley



A power cut originating in Furnace Green caused outages across accompanying wards last night.

Residents reported experiencing power surges and losses after 10pm. Some reported only their internet was affected while others lost all power.

UK Power Networks said they received over 20 calls from concerned residents.

Areas affected included Pound Hill and Maidenbower.

Crawley Police were also affected as the power outages caused alarm systems to be set off.

Crawley Police tweeted:

A spokesperson for UK Power Networks said:

UK Power Networks’ engineers worked as quickly as possible to restore power supplies in the Furnace Green area of Crawley last night.

After a fault on an underground cable interrupted supplies to 543 customers at 10.22pm engineers reconnected all supplies by 11.19pm.

We apologise to customers for any inconvenience caused.”


DON’T FORGET: From 1st Dec you must show ID when visiting Crawley’s Household Recycling site

Residents are being reminded that they will need to take ID with them when they visit a West Sussex Household Waste Recycling Site (HWRS) from 1 December 2019.



The new system is designed to save West Sussex taxpayers £250,000 per year by ensuring the sites are only used by those who pay for them.

Householders will need to prove they live within West Sussex by showing a form of ID such as a drivers licence or council tax bill.

The scheme has been introduced due to the high number of people travelling across county boundaries to recycle and dispose of their waste. This has a significant impact on waste disposal costs which ultimately fall to the West Sussex taxpayer.

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. 

In response to this residents in certain areas of Surrey will be able to continue using the East Grinstead Household Waste Recycling Site, following an agreement between Surrey and West Sussex County Councils.

The councils have agreed a settlement which means Surrey residents living in the following postcodes – RH7 6, RH10 3, RH19 2, RH19 3, TN8 7, TN8 5 and TN8 6 – who find it easier to use the East Grinstead site, will still be able to do so.

All other sites in West Sussex will be restricted to West Sussex residents only from 1 December.

The new policy will be enforced through identification checks at HWRSs entrances 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 can be found when visiting HWRSs and online at and

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