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New £100k pedestrian crossing for families’ taking children to school installed in West Green

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West Green Primary School Business Manager Annette pictured trying the new crossing with her daughter before the school reopened.

A new pedestrian crossings has been installed in the past few months and is now operational, helping families with the walk to a school in West Green.

The crossing in Crawley cost £100,00 and is aimed to improve safety for families with school-age children – plus pedestrians generally.

With schools reopening and roads becoming busier after lockdown, people are being encouraged to leave their cars at home and consider other travel choices.

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

“The new crossings provide a safer route to schools for families and to other local amenities for pedestrians generally.

“People are being encouraged to consider walking or cycling for their journeys, if they can. It’s a great way to get fit, save fuel money and reduce the number of cars on the road. This in turn will improve air quality and reduce congestion.”

West Green Primary School requested the Puffin crossing for West Green Drive and worked with the county council’s transport improvements team to build the case for road safety improvements.

Other enhancements had already been introduced, including ‘School Keep Clear’ markings, to provide pupils and parents with a safer environment.

Throughout this process, West Green continued to provide pupils with road safety education and encourage sustainable travel.

West Green Primary School Business Manager Annette Tomsett said:

“The school is delighted to have worked closely with West Sussex County Council in bringing to fruition this crossing. It will make a huge difference in the safe route to school for our pupils and families, alongside having a positive impact for the whole community for now and for the future.”

The improvements cost a total of about £100,000.

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Crawley Council offers more after-school activities as it partners with Football Foundation

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Crawley Borough Council’s Play Service is offering more structured play sessions throughout September.

Crawley Play Service is partnering with Crawley Town Football Club Community Foundation, to provide activity sessions after school on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings at Cherry Lane and Millpond Adventure Playgrounds.

Suitable for children aged 6-12 years, sessions will begin on Tuesday 8 September until Thursday 24 September and run from 3.30pm to 5.15pm and 5.45pm to 7.30pm.

Each session costs £1 per child, per session and you will be required to drop off your children and collect then at the end of the session.

Activities will include football, multi-skills, play, and a variety of arts and crafts across the sessions.

Councillor Chris Mullins, Cabinet member for Wellbeing, said:

“I am delighted to announce the provision of these after-school activity sessions. The council is committed to providing fun, interactive sessions that our young residents will benefit from, in a safe environment.”

For more information and to book please visit www.officialsoccerschools.co.uk/crawleytown

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