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New play area opens in Memorial Gardens, Crawley

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The much-anticipated, all-new play area in the Memorial Gardens has opened.

Crawley Borough Council’s newest play area features 15 pieces of brand new equipment, including a wheelchair swing funded by County Mall.

The project also includes the restoration and rehoming of the Queen’s Mosaic, which was previously in Queens Square, to the new picnic area.

Work on the new play area began last year but stopped during the early stages of the pandemic. Work resumed in June and has now been completed.

Cabinet member for Wellbeing, Councillor Chris Mullins, said:

“I’m delighted that this play area has opened; it really is a substantial improvement on what was there before.

“It’s been a long time coming but I know that parents and carers will be delighted that they now have a top quality town centre play area to visit. It’s also great to see the Queen’s Mosaic being put to good use in the picnic area.”

County Mall General Manager, Simon Cuckow, said:

“We’re honoured to be a part of this project and give back to the community. Our donation for the inclusive wheelchair swing is about more than giving a contribution, it’s about making a difference to children who may not otherwise be able to enjoy the simple pleasures of play parks.

“With this gesture we hope to create an inclusive space that welcomes all aspects of the community to make lots of happy memories together.”

With the opening of this play area, 82 of the council’s 86 play areas have now reopened. The play areas which are still closed are Tilgate Park; Ninfield Court, Bewbush; one of the two at Southgate Playing Fields; and Chichester Close, Tilgate.

The council wants children to have fun in the play area and is reminding parents and carers that the safety of everyone using our play areas is our top priority.

Please follow this guidance:

  • All users are responsible for following government guidelines and giving appropriate guidance to children on the use of equipment
  • Maintain social distancing and avoid over-crowding
  • Wipe down equipment before and after use
  • One person or family unit per piece of equipment at a time and allow others their turn
  • One adult per family group
  • No food and drink please
  • Anyone failing to adhere to government guidelines may be asked to leave.

This guidance is also available at the entrance to all of our play areas. For more information on play, visit www.crawley.gov.uk/play

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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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