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Prepare for two days of traffic chaos in Crawley town centre as urgent road closures around old Morrisons store to take place

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The section missing the metal bar that fell.

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse with the traffic around Crawley then one of the major roads through the town centre is set to be closed for two days.

Pegler Way which forms part of the one way system around the town centre could be closed for up to two days as urgent assessment work is undertaken at Sussex House where Morrisons once resided.

Pegler Way and the A2219 (High Street) could both be closed.

The urgent work follows an incident where a large piece of metal fell from the building last week during the high winds.

The metal appears to have formed part of the facade around the building and photos show the height from which it fell close to the Travelodge.

The metal bar that fell from the building.

Two residents who saw the metal fall from the building reported it to the council and Sussex Building Control immediately attended to inspect the building.

It has since been decided that there is no immediate danger to the public however an urgent assessment has been requested to ensure the rest of the facade is safe.

In order to undertake this work however it means that a cherry picker is required in order for surveyors to reach the heights required and this cannot be done without being set up on the main road.

Sussex House which once housed Morrisons is covered in a metal facade which according to the contractors has 3,000 metal bars that surround the building.

The contractors of the building, Mclaren, have already begun arranging the assessement work required.

A spokesperson from McLaren said:

“McLaren is working with Horsham Building Council and Sussex Highways to expedite a road closure at Pegler way, Crawley.

“Health and safety continues to be the highest priority for McLaren and its partners. Working closely with our local subcontractors, we have carried out early stage assessments and have surveyed the site so that we can begin any required remedial works as soon as the appropriate road closures are in place.”

A Horsham District Council spokesperson said:

“Sussex Building Control have the authority to request an expediated examination if they believe it is necessary.

In this particular case , having carried out the initial safety checks and determined that there was no immediate danger to the public based on a number of factors, their building surveyors did agree it was necessary to carry out a more in depth examination within a reasonable timescale. This would require specialist equipment and safe methods of working by the relevant contractors.

Further safety checks will be carried out when road closures can be put in place to ensure the ongoing safety of the structure.”

It is not yet clear whether the High St will also require a road or lane closure as the metal facade wraps around all sides of the building. It is also not clear that if Pegler Way closes whether the car park will be affected or not.

It has now been confirmed that work will begin on Friday 24th Jan during off peak hours from 9:30am till 4pm.

One lane of Pegler Way around the building will be sealed off as work is undertaken. It has not yet been confirmed if Monday 27th Jan will also be required as yet.

Health & Wellbeing

Stay healthy and well with Wellbeing Month at Crawley Library

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Next week marks the start of Wellbeing Month across all 36 West Sussex libraries.

Throughout March, libraries will be celebrating all the ways that books, reading and local libraries can help people stay healthy and well.

Special events taking place include:

  • Wellbeing MOT’s – offering advice, help and support on healthy diet, weight loss, stopping smoking, reducing alcohol, and more.
  • West Sussex MIND – will be advising residents about their new campaign ‘Moving Minds’ and providing information about the mental health services they offer.
  • Apetito drop-in and free taster – come and sample some of the delicious foods on offer from West Sussex County Council’s Meals on Wheels provider Apetito, who provide hot meals to elderly and vulnerable people across the county (Southwick library only).

There will also be NHS health checks, reminiscence taster sessions, story walks for children, games for families. Plus regular events including Knit and Natter, Relax with Colouring and ‘Melody for the Mind’, a singing group for people with dementia and their carers.

‘Melody for the Mind’ sessions are currently run at Broadfield, East Grinstead and Southwick Libraries, with a brand-new session starting at Chichester on Thursday 5 March.

Duncan Crow, Cabinet Member for Fire and Rescue and Communities, said:

“Libraries always have communities at the heart of everything they do, and this month is no exception.

“Wellbeing, both physical and emotional, is so important and the programme that has been created by the libraries team for Wellbeing Month has a variety of great activities, events and reading that will hopefully make our residents feel happier and healthier in mind and body.”

All libraries will have displays of books chosen by library staff to lift the readers mood and help them feel better. The genres range from uplifting poetry to non-fiction titles with practical advice for difficult times.

To find out more on everything happening during Wellbeing Month at your local library and throughout the rest of the year, visit www.westsussex.gov.uk/libraries

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