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Ifield residents in Crawley told to prepare for traffic delays as work begins next week on new Ifield Avenue cycleway

Works to create a cycleway along Ifield Avenue, Crawley, will start next Monday 16 September.

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The works are scheduled to take place for 14 weeks, ending on Friday 20 December and will cost £350,000.

The existing footway along the north east side of Ifield Avenue, from the Ifield Drive roundabout to the entrance of the rugby club, will be widened to approximately 3 metres to create a shared use cycleway/footway. Three raised tables will also be created to improve the ease of use and visibility of the cycleway where it crosses side road junctions (the junctions with Stagelands, Stafford Road and Rushetts Road).

Some sections of fencing and trees will also be removed to enable the widening. New trees will be planted nearby to replace those being removed.

West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure, Roger Elkins, said:

“One of our council priorities is to improve or introduce better cycling infrastructure across the county. The aim is that the new cycleway will encourage cycling, particularly to the two schools in the local area.

“It’s possible that the works will cause some disruption in the local area. We will of course make every effort to minimise the impact of the project but there will be a requirement for traffic signals at times and short road closures for most of the side junctions when the raised tables are being constructed.”

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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.

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Khalil Yousuf with the volunteers of Crawley Giving Back 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 Crawley Giving Back 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.

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