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Crawley Labour council cabinet members have welcomed 14.6 million pounds of Local Growth Funding from the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership.

The council has been working with partners at West Sussex County Council for the last three years to secure this grant funding from the C2CLEP. The approval by the LEP board represents a vote of confidence in the Crawley Growth package developed by Crawley Borough Council in conjunction with WSCC and business leaders from Manor Royal Business District and forms part of a total public and private investment package of 60m pounds in Crawley’s future.

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The funding will help to deliver infrastructure designed to support more homes, jobs and economic growth in Crawley. Schemes include delivery of several major initiatives:

· additional high quality office space in Crawley Town centre

· improvements to the streets and public areas in Queensway, Station Way, College Way and the Boulevard

· improved sustainable transport links between Gatwick, Three Bridges and Crawley stations and Manor Royal

· new forecourt for Three Bridges station

The programme is expected to unlock a total of 250 million pounds of investment when additional private sector investment is added in and will begin delivery immediately taking several years to complete. This ambitious investment supports our other key policy initiatives to deliver improved job prospects, better training and more opportunities for Crawley residents.

Council Leader Peter Lamb said:

“This vote of confidence in Crawley by public and private investors is very welcome, regenerating our Town Centre, enabling us to provide more affordable housing for Crawley residents and ensuring we have more and better jobs for local people for years to come.”

Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Development at Crawley Borough Councillor Peter Smith said:

“This grant is the culmination of much hard work over the last three years and will help to secure Crawley’s continued growth in the future. By working to improve our environment and together with our Crawley businesses we will see more and better opportunities coming forward for our Crawley residents as a direct result. This is thanks to Crawley Labour council’s determination to deliver for Crawley!”

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Average families water & waste bill in Crawley to fall by almost £50 this year

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Southern Water Bill

The dramatic drop in the bill from Southern Water comes mainly as a result of a fall in price for the wasterwater element of the bills.

The drop of an average 11.2 per cent for 2020-21 is for the combined bill of water and wasterwater treatment services.

A typical combined bill for a domestic customer is expected to be £391 compared with an average charge of £440 last year – meaning a day’s services will cost only £1.07 a day – less than most bus fares. The cost is 13p a day or £49 a year less than last year.

The water element of bills is almost flat – the expected average is £159 compared with £156 in 2019-20. Wastewater bills will fall by an average £52 including a rebate of around £20 attributable to the company’s final settlement with Ofwat.

The big drop in bills comes at the start of a sustained fall in combined bills. Between 2020 and 2025 bills will fall by 18.4 per cent (adjusted for inflation). By 2025 the average household bill for water and wastewater will be just £343 a year. Water bills will fall 8 per cent during that time while wastewater bills will fall 24 per cent.

Southerwater say this is the start of a new ear with Ian McAulay, Southern Water chief executive adding:

“Water is essential to every aspect of our lives but it is under increasing pressure from population growth and climate change. So water companies have got to work even harder to face these challenges and keep it flowing far into the future whilst delivering the services our customers want and deserve.

Our customers have said they want us to do more to protect the environment and increase biodiversity, that’s why over the next 5 years our ‘Water for Life’ business plan will invest £4 billion into our region, generating jobs and protecting the environment whilst ensuring we keep bills affordable and support those in need.”

Southern Water has currently three key investments being worked on which include a £27.5 million five year phase of the Bathing Water Enhancement Programme which they say has helped to raise 58 out of the region’s 83 bathing waters to the “Excellent” standard.

They are also commissioning £100 million investment in rebuilding the Woolston wastewater treatment works and constructing a £15 million Chichester pipeline to support growth in the region.

Rachel Ryan-Crisp, Southern Water’s Vulnerability Lead, says:

“There are many people out there that don’t even know that these services exist and for an array of reasons whether they struggle to pay or require more support from their supplier. We can assist and offer extra care to a range of people such as those living with long-term illness, disability, the elderly and even new parent or parents with young children. Help us to help you by getting in touch for advice or by spreading the word to friends and family who could benefit.”

More details about our tariff schemes can be found here https://www.southernwater.co.uk/account/help-paying-your-bill

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