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Homelessness Crisis in Crawley will leave many destitute this Christmas

As cold weather approaches, Khalil Yousuf, Liberal Democrat prospective Parliamentary Candidate in the forthcoming election has expressed grave concern for the welfare of scores of rough sleepers in Crawley.



Khalil Yousuf with the volunteers of Giving Back Crawley during an evening feeding and supporting the Homeless in Crawley Town Centre

Khalil met dozens of homeless people in Crawley Town Centre during an evening of homeless feeding run by Giving Back Crawley.

Many of the homeless in Crawley suffer from long-term addiction, mental health issues and entrenched homelessness.

Khalil Yousuf, Liberal Democrat prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Crawley said:

Homelessness and hidden homelessness is increasing, while the number of social homes is dwindling. House prices have also grown way above the rate of inflation. It is essential that we increase support for homelessness prevention and adequately fund age-appropriate emergency accommodation and supported housing.”

Khalil also said:

“I commend the outstanding work of volunteers at Giving Back Crawley and Crawley Open House who provide tremendous support to some of the most needy and forgotten in our society. As colder weather approaches, the support of these wonderful people is likely to be the only Christmas present the homeless in Crawley will get.”

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) reported that there were an estimated 726 deaths of homeless people in England and Wales registered in 2018. At 22%, this is the highest year-to-year increase since ONS time series began.

To address rising homelessness, the Liberal Democrats say they will require local authorities to provide 28 days of emergency accommodation for all people, including foreign nationals, who become homeless and have nowhere safe to stay, whether single or a family.

The Liberal Democrats also say they will better resource mental health services to support those leaving care and all those who become homeless.

They claim that by investing £11bn into mental health, they will bring parity of urgency with physical health.


WARNING: From Monday 18th Nov Tushmore Roundabout Roadworks begin for 7 WEEKS!

The work is being carried out by Southern Gas Networks.



If you drive around Tushmore Roudabout then you need to be prepared to either give youself plenty of extra time OR to avoid the areas completely for the next 7 weeks.

SGN is replacing the old metal gas pipes with new plastic ones to ensure a reliable supply.

The works were agreed with West Sussex County Council and will commence on Monday 18th Nov and last approximately 7 weeks.

The work is being done in three phases with the first phase involving reducing the roundabout down to one lane with all approaching roads also reduced to a single lane.

SGN has listed below the full information for each phase:

Phase one:

We’ll begin working at Tushmore Gyratory roundabout on Monday 18 November. For safety, we’ll need to reduce the roundabout to one lane, with all roads approaching the roundabout also reduced to one lane.

Phase two:

Our engineers will then begin upgrading our pipe in the A23 Crawley Avenue at its junction with the Tushmore Gyratory roundabout. We’ll increase the roundabout and approaching roads from one lane to two lanes. However, the eastbound carriageway of the A23 Crawley Avenue will need to remain reduced to one lane.

Phase three:

We’ll then progress to carry out network upgrades near to Ifield Roundabout. For everyone’s safety, the eastbound carriageway will be reduced to one lane on its approach to Ifield Roundabout from Ifield Community College and between Ifield Roundabout and Tushmore Gyratory roundabout, too. The existing traffic lights and pedestrian crossings will remain in place during our project. The bus lane which runs north/south along the A23/A2219 London Road at Tushmore roundabout will be unaffected by this work.

You can read the full details in the leaflet SGN has produced by clicking here.

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