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New lights to illuminate garage areas

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Three dimly-lit garage and parking areas are to benefit from new street lighting.

The lights are being erected in the garage areas of Kennet Close in Gossops Green and Deerswood Court in Ifield and in a pathway leading to a parking area in Albert Crane Court in Ifield following concerns from residents, garage tenants and councillors.

Crawley Borough Council officers visited all three areas and agreed that better street lighting was needed to provide safety and reduce the fear of anti-social behaviour.

The council consulted with local residents to ask for views on the proposals, which form part of its Community Safety Improvements Programme (COMSIP).

Residents near Albert Crane Court and Deerswood Court supported the proposals while those near Kennet Close expressed concern that the installation of a lighting column could restrict vehicle access to the garages. The council has redesigned the scheme to install a wall-mounted light between garages at a height of two metres above ground level.

Work in all three areas will begin the week commencing 6 February. Once the lights have been installed, UK Power Networks will connect the lights to make them operational. It is likely that the installation will take about four weeks.

Councillor Michael Jones, Cabinet member for Community Engagement and Public Protection, said: “We all want to feel safe in the places where we live and it is important that we are able to go about our day-to-day business without fear of crime and anti-social behaviour.

“We’ve listened to residents and made changes to a scheme to address their concerns. I’m delighted that they all have local support and have been approved. Once installed, they will help improve safety in and around these areas.”

COMSIP looks to undertake small-scale improvements to the physical environment in order to address issues of crime and anti-social behaviour.

The physical appearance of our environment can play a key role in whether we feel safe in a particular area. Small changes, such as new streetlights or the cutting back of overgrown bushes, can make a huge difference to people’s lives, making an area feel safer and reducing fear of crime.

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Britain’s Got Talent auditions come to Crawley

The ITV show is holding auditions at The Hawth this month.

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Get practising because Britain’s Got Talent is coming to Crawley!

The hugely popular ITV show is holding auditions right here in Crawley at The Hawth and you can be a part of it.

On Thursday 30th August from 2-8pm you can audition to be a part of this fantastic show.

If you are under 18 you MUST be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

You can also apply via ITV.com/talent

So dust off those dance shoes, dig out the instruments and show the world how talented you are.

 

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