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IMPORTANT information for the vulnerable, elderly and children still needing to use buses for schools across Crawley

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West Sussex County Council has released the latest information for bus users during the coronavirus outbreak.

Roger Elkins, Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure, said:

“To try to help during the coronavirus outbreak, pensioners and vulnerable people with West Sussex County Council bus passes can now use them earlier on weekdays. This is so they can take advantage of some supermarkets’ first hour of trading being dedicated to older and vulnerable shoppers. 

“From now, and for the duration of the outbreak, residents can use their passes prior to 9.30am on weekdays. They could already use them at any time on weekends and public holidays.

“All bus pass holders are urged to please follow Government guidance on social distancing when travelling on public transport.”

Following the recent announcement that schools will be closing to all except vulnerable pupils and the children of key workers, the council say they are working with all those affected to understand what transport is needed.

Children travelling to school by public bus (either buying their own ticket or given a pass by the council):  parents of children who will be continuing to attend next week should visit the bus operators’ websites to check the times and routes that will be available. In particular, parents should note:

  • Journeys at school times may have changed to run slightly earlier or later
  • Buses that usually divert to a school gate may no longer do so and children may need to walk from the nearest stop on the ‘standard’ route
  • A change of bus may now be necessary rather than there being a ‘through journey’

Children who travel on county council-provided transport (coach, minibus or taxi): the councils suppliers have been asked to operate a full service from now until further notice. Due to possible staff shortages, some flexibility will no doubt be needed and appreciated.

All parents who do not accompany their children to school are advised to have a contingency plan agreed with their child in case transport is late or does not arrive. This is particularly important at the moment.

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Crawley council ask if you want the town to continue to have an alcohol PSPO to prevent anti-social behaviour

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It has been mistaken in the past as an order to prohibit the consumption of alcohol in a public place, but the PSPO is in-fact a tool to allow police and council officers to request an individual to stop consuming and to hand over alcohol in their posession in order to prevent nuisance and anti-social behaviour.

The current Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) expires in October this year, 2020.

Now the council is asking residents and business owners in the town whether they want to see another PSPO activated for another three years.

The map shows the boundary the PSPO will cover.

In a release Crawley Council say;

“Crawley Borough Council is proposing to implement a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) under Section 59 Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, designating the area of Crawley edged in blue on the plan referred to in the PSPO as a restricted area for alcohol related anti-social behaviour, for 3 years. The PSPO will be a tool available to the police and council to reduce the impact that alcohol related nuisance and anti-social behaviour has on the community of Crawley.

There is currently an Alcohol PSPO in place which expires in October, this transitioned from a Designed Public Places Order (Consumption of Intoxicating Liquor) in 2017. The Designated Public Places Order had been in place since 2006. The new PSPO would replace the current PSPO when it expires.
The Order will prohibit the consumption of alcohol in a public place where it is associated with nuisance and anti-social behaviour or it is believed it will lead to nuisance and anti-social behaviour. The Order will give the police and authorised council officers the power to request an individual to stop drinking and hand over any open or sealed container(s) believed to contain alcohol. It will be an offence for anyone to engage in the activity prohibited by the PSPO, when asked to stop. Both the police and council officers will be able to enforce the order and issue fixed penalty notices.”

If you would like to support or object to the propsal then you can do so by filling out a short questionnaire by clicking here.

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