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Liberal Democrats in Crawley, set up Coronavirus Community Taskforce

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Liberal Democrats in Crawley have set up a taskforce to help coordinate the network of councillors, members and activists in the community to ensure the most vulnerable are being supported during the coronavirus crisis.

The taskforce, which is part of a national initiative by the Liberal Democrat Party, aim to help coordinate Liberal Democrat councillors’, members’, activists’ and supporters’ response to the coronavirus crisis to to ensure all those self-isolating, especially the vulnerable and elderly, get the support they need.

As well as helping people with basic supplies, they say the network of volunteers will help share best practice and the best ideas and ensure those in their communities are able to follow the guidance being put forward.

The Coronavirus Community Taskforce will be chaired by Sir Stuart Etherington, the former Chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisation.

Khalil Yousuf, Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Crawley said:

“As the Coronavirus crisis continues, people in Crawley are rightly concerned about their family, friends and loved ones. Even more people are keen to do something to help.

“This crisis is leaving the most vulnerable in our communities at risk and w e are determined to do what we can to help them.
“That is why local Liberal Democrats are setting up the Coronavirus Community Taskforce. This will coordinate our network in Crawley who will ensure those who are in most need get support.

Following the announcement, Liberal Democrat Acting Leader Ed Davey said:

“We are in an unprecedented situation and we believe that the Liberal Democrats, with our strong and historic links to local activism and community politics, have a wealth of knowledge and unique ability to go into our communities and offer support. This will be scaling up of what Liberal Democrats do – day in, day out – helping the most vulnerable in our communities.

“I’m delighted Sir Stuart has agreed to chair this new taskforce for our party. He brings huge knowledge, experience and expertise to help guide our work. “We must do everything we can to support our communities during the crisis. Each and every one us needs to do what we can during this difficult time and I am proud to say that the Liberal Democrats will step up and take that role very seriously.”

Chair of the Coronavirus Community Taskforce, Sir Stuart Etherington, said:

“It is critical that vulnerable people in our communities receive the support they need. It will be co mmunities themselves that have to respond to take the pressure off our excellent but hard pressed statutory services.

“It’s time for the altruistic instincts of volunteers to play their part and I’m pleased to assist this welcome Liberal Democrat initiative.”

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Council announce service changes as Crawley moves to Tier 4

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With Crawley being placed under tier 4 restrictions from Boxing Day, several Crawley Borough Council buildings and services will close or operate differently.

The Town Hall, which is now closed for the Christmas and New Year holiday, will remain closed from Monday 4 January until further notice.

Despite this, the councils services will continue to operate and will be providing additional services for the most vulnerable residents and distributing the latest round of grants to local businesses once they have received guidance from the government.

With the Town Hall closed, there are several ways to continue to access council services.

Visit crawley.gov.uk for service information and my.crawley.gov.uk for access to rubbish and recycling updates for your home, your Council Tax account and our extensive library of forms.

To pay by debit or credit card you can do so online at crawley.gov.uk/payments, over the phone by calling our automated payments line on 01293 438312 or at your bank.

The full list of changes is:

  • The Town Hall closed to the public at 4pm on Wednesday 23 December
  • K2 Crawley and the Broadfield 3G pitch will close at 4pm on Christmas Eve
  • The Bewbush Centre Gym will close at 2pm on Christmas Eve
  • Tilgate Nature Centre will close on Christmas Eve
  • Community centres will be closed and only open for pre-schools and crèches if schools are closed
  • The Hawth will close on Christmas Eve after the performances of the pantomime and A Christmas Carol. The pantomime has been filmed and will be available to watch on The Hawth’s website at hawth.co.uk
  • The Employ Crawley Youth Hub will continue to operate with virtual appointments from 4 January. To arrange an appointment call 07814 903871 / 07909 730956 or email employcrawley@crawley.gov.uk
  • All public toilets will close except the toilets next to the car park at Tilgate Park. All toilets will remain accessible to people with a Radar Key
  • Tennis courts and multi-use games area will only remain open for use with others within your household, support bubble, or with one person from another household.

Waste, recycling and garden waste collections will continue, although these will be on different dates due to Christmas and New Year.

To find your dates and to download your 2021 calendar visit crawley.gov.uk/waste-and-recycling/household-collections/collection-days

Pest control and housing repairs will continue as they have over the past few months. All council play areas and outdoor gyms will remain open although as resources for cleaning them are limited they are to be used at people’s own risk.

Applications for tier 4 business grants will open shortly. More details about how to apply will be published when the council receives guidance from the government.

Councillor Peter Lamb, Leader of Crawley Borough Council, said:

“We all must do everything we can to help reduce transmission, the sooner we can get rates back under control the sooner we can return to normal, and that includes local authorities.

“While all council workers will continue to work hard for the town through this period, some facilities will have to close and the way we deliver others will have to change in order to help stop the pandemic spreading.”

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