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Local authors invited to apply for Crawley Author Fair

Local authors are invited to take part in Crawley Library’s third annual Local Author Fair.

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This year’s event takes place on Saturday 19 October from 11am – 1.30pm.

The fair gives local talented authors the opportunity to book a stall, network with other authors, see their work promoted on screens in Crawley Library and meet with members of the public.

The event will also have a number of other things for visitors to do, including:

• a competition for all ages (adults included) that will get authors and the public chatting about books,
• activities for children,
• a talk by local teen author Eve Ainsworth on her route to publication.

Jacquie Russell, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Fire and Rescue and Communities, said:

“It is great to see that the Local Author Fair is back at Crawley library this year.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for authors of any type of book – including fiction, non-fiction and children’s books – to network with other like-minded individuals; something that isn’t always easy to do in this profession. So if you’re a local author, Crawley library are looking for people like you to take part.”

Last year, authors said “the day was wonderful” and a “welcoming laid back experience”. In particular, they mentioned that they enjoye sharing their experiences with fellow authors, widening their professional network and spreading word of their books.

The fair is taking place as part of ‘Talk About Reading’ month, a countywide initiative that encourages people from across West Sussex to come together and share their love of books and reading.

Events will be held across the county during October to celebrate great books and authors.

If you are a local author interested in joining the Local Author Fair, you can book a stall for £20 by registering on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/66451521289.

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DON’T FORGET: From 1st Dec you must show ID when visiting Crawley’s Household Recycling site

Residents are being reminded that they will need to take ID with them when they visit a West Sussex Household Waste Recycling Site (HWRS) from 1 December 2019.

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The new system is designed to save West Sussex taxpayers £250,000 per year by ensuring the sites are only used by those who pay for them.

Householders will need to prove they live within West Sussex by showing a form of ID such as a drivers licence or council tax bill.

The scheme has been introduced due to the high number of people travelling across county boundaries to recycle and dispose of their waste. This has a significant impact on waste disposal costs which ultimately fall to the West Sussex taxpayer.

Surveys have shown that an average of one in ten people using HWRSs closest to the county borders live outside of West Sussex.

At East Grinstead, this can increase to as many as one in five people. 

In response to this residents in certain areas of Surrey will be able to continue using the East Grinstead Household Waste Recycling Site, following an agreement between Surrey and West Sussex County Councils.

The councils have agreed a settlement which means Surrey residents living in the following postcodes – RH7 6, RH10 3, RH19 2, RH19 3, TN8 7, TN8 5 and TN8 6 – who find it easier to use the East Grinstead site, will still be able to do so.

All other sites in West Sussex will be restricted to West Sussex residents only from 1 December.

The new policy will be enforced through identification checks at HWRSs entrances to confirm that the site visitor pays their council tax to West Sussex County Council. 

People will need to show only one form of identification, such as:

• Current driving licence (photo card or paper licence)
• TV licence – less than a year old
• Council tax or utility bill – less than a year old

Further details about the changes can be found when visiting HWRSs and online at www.westsussex.gov.uk and www.recycleforwestsussex.org.

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