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Has West Sussex County Council’s Chief Exec just supported the save Open House campaign?

Is West Sussex County Council split about the funding issue?



More drama this morning as Crawley Council Leader Peter Lamb has tweeted a screenshot that shows West Sussex County Councils Chief Executive Nathan Elvery liking a tweet about the campaign to save Open House.

The original tweet by Cllr Peter Lamb read:

This was then followed this morning by another tweet showing that the Chief Exec had liked it:

So has the Chief Exec just shown his public support to the campaign?  West Sussex County Council has been asked for clarification.

What is clear though is the huge amount of support the campaign is gaining with now over 6,500 thousand people having signed the petition at time of publication.

Only yesterday, the Crawley Council Leader made it clear that is the decision to drop the funding wasn’t reversed then the relationship between Crawley Council and WSCC was over.  Read that story here.



Council offers four new apprenticeships

Kick-start your career and make a positive difference to our community, is the message coming from Crawley Borough Council



The council has four exciting roles available:

  • Worth Park Horticultural Apprentice
  • Communications Apprentice
  • Apprentice Building Maintenance Surveyor
  • Apprentice Specialist Fitter (Vehicle, Plant and Equipment).

Our apprenticeship opportunities aim to help talented people take their first steps in specialist areas while gaining local government experience.

If you’re passionate about helping others and making a difference to Crawley’s residents and the local environment, an apprenticeship with the council could be perfect for you!

The full-time 18-month Horticultural Apprentice role is a unique opportunity based at Worth Park; it’ll combine your passion for sustainable horticulture, hands-on outdoor tasks and a thirst for learning new things.

If you enjoy writing and have a keen interest in the media, Communications Apprentice might be the role for you! During the 18-month programme you’ll write press releases, schedule social media posts, work with local and regional press and so much more.

The Building Maintenance Surveyor vacancy is a two-year apprenticeship with Crawley Homes. You’ll work alongside experienced surveyors and get hands-on experience as a valued member of the Responsive Repairs and Planned Maintenance Teams.

Learn how to service and repair a wide range of vehicles, plant machinery and mechanical equipment with the Specialist Fitter apprenticeship. For three years, you’ll be part of our experienced Vehicle Workshop Team based in County Oak.

Cabinet member for Planning and Economic Development, Councillor Peter Smith, said: “As a council, we’re committed to offering these opportunities to young people and those looking to start a new career.

“With our apprenticeships, you can be earning a competitive salary while gaining invaluable work experience and a transferable qualification – there are no drawbacks!”

All vacancies close on Sunday 21 July and offer a starting salary of £12,042.

Find out more about our apprenticeships and register for vacancy alerts at

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