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Serious collision causes A23 to close and chaos on the roads around Crawley

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The accident occurred at approximately 5:40am this morning (15th Aug).

The driver and one passenger were making their way along Crawley Avenue from the Gossops Green direction when they lost control of the car as they approached Ifield Roundabout.

This caused the vehicle to have its collision and end up on the other side of the roundabout on the grass verge.

Whilst the driver was uninjured the passenger did suffer significant injuries to their arm although not thought to be life threatening.

An ambulance attended and the injured passenger was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital.

The car ended up on the grass verge and footpath.

Due to the fact the collision started before Ifield Roundabout Police had to close off the A23 Crawley Avenue from the Gossops Drive junction all the way to Tushmore Roundabout in a clockwise direction so that they could conclude their investigation.

There was significant traffic chaos around Bewbush and Gossops Green as a result as drivers tried to wind their way through the smaller roads.

A 23-year-old woman from East Grinstead has been arrested on suspicion of drink and drug-driving, and remains in police custody at this stage.

Anyone who witnessed the incident, or who saw the Corsa being driven in the area beforehand, is asked to email collision.appeal@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting serial 194 of 15/08.

The roads were expected to be reopened once the damaged car was collected at approximately 9:30am.

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Watch amazing time lapse as new Town Hall comes to life in Crawley

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A time lapse video of the new Town Hall has been released by Crawley Borough Council, condensing 10 months of construction into just 100 seconds.

The video, which can be viewed here, shows the empty site transformed into a striking nine-storey building. Crawley Borough Council will occupy the bottom 3.5 floors and rent out commercial space on the upper floors.

The name of the commercial space will be The Create Building. The available floor space is between 14,000 sq ft and 77,000 sq ft and Crawley-based SHW are marketing this on behalf of the council. For more information visit shw.co.uk/crawley

The landmark building, which is expected to be ready for occupation in February 2022, is part of a wider regeneration scheme at the eastern end of The Boulevard in Crawley town centre.

The scheme also includes 273 flats (of which 109 will be affordable), a new public square, public realm improvements, ground floor commercial space for a restaurant/café and district energy centre. It is a joint development between Crawley Borough Council and Westrock.

The entire redevelopment is transforming a major town centre opportunity site. The new Town Hall will:

  • Secure the council’s finances through the ability to generate new revenue from commercial office tenants whilst achieving significant savings on the council’s current running costs
  • Provide a better, fit-for-purpose building for customers, staff and councillors
  • Contribute to achieving the council’s wider ambitions around affordable housing, post-Covid economic recovery, and tackling climate change.

Councillor Peter Lamb, Leader of Crawley Borough Council, said: “We are facing enormous challenges as a town: financial, as we are forced to keep doing more with less; social, as we struggle with a housing crisis decades in the making; and environmental, as we need to move quickly to zero-carbon to avoid climate catastrophe. The redevelopment of the Town Hall site is a vital part of Crawley’s efforts to meet all three challenges.” For more information visit investcrawley.co.uk/town-hall

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