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New report shows Crawley Chief Exec lowest paid in West Sussex

The annual report by the Taxpayers Alliance for 2017/18 has shone a light on the huge pay gap between council chiefs across the UK.

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Natalie Brahma-Pearl is the Chief Executive of Crawley Borough Council.

The Town Hall Rich List has listed all the top earners working within councils across the UK.

And whilst many are reporting on the extravagant salaries that many are taking (Croydon’s Chief Exec reportedly takes £185k) it is the gulf of difference between other councils and Crawley’s that is most alarming.

It is reported that Crawley’s CE receives around £140k per annum which when compared to Horshams CE who takes £148k and Brighton’s (£160k) is lower respectively.

West Sussex’s CE receives a mind blowing £190k more than double that of Crawley’s.

Now whilst many councils differ in size and numbers of residents and businesses, Crawley has always been a fast growing and vast empire when it comes to companies who reside here.

In-fact the report shows that Crawley’s CE is in the bottom ten of all council Chief Execs across the whole country with CE of Hillingdon in London at the top reportedly paid £226k.

With the second largest airport in the UK on its doorstep, a population that is increasing year on year at an alarming rate, more schools than most towns around the UK and a police force that is struggling to cope it is clear that the town is not an easy place to run.

And yet questions are now being raised as to why such a thriving town is paying its public service officers at the lowest rates across the UK.

Crawley Borough Council have been approached for comment.

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Appalling dog attack in Tilgate Park, Crawley

Dog left with ear half ripped off.

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At around 12pm on Tuesday 16th of April an off-the -eash dog, reportedly a Dalmatian, was seen attacking another dog in Tilgate Park.

The owner of Ollie, the dog being attacked, had to intervene and physically drag the Dalmatian off.

According to the owner the lady in charge of the Dalmatian allegedly did nothing but shout its name.

She then apparently said:

‘I’m a professional dog walker, I know what I’m doing’ before walking off with the aggressive dog still off the leash.

Ollie was left with gushing blood from his ear which was half ripped off and his shaken owner rushed him to the vet for emergency treatment.

Ollie is now recovering from the attack.

The police were notified but as there was no information on who the lady was, no further action could be taken.

A Facebook appeal for information was started by Tilgate Councillor Francis Guidera the following morning and someone has already come forward with information which may be very helpful and will be passed on to the police.

Ollie’s owners, as if the distress of this experience wasn’t enough, were left with a £1000 bill leaving them with a sizeable excess to pay for the treatment which is ongoing due to the severity of poor Ollie’s injury.

Cllr Guidera said:

“I am absolutely disgusted by this. We have a dog and I can only imagine how distressing this must have been for Ollie and for his owners. Dogs are treated as part of the family and responsible dog walkers are very welcome in Tilgate Park. Irresponsible dog walkers, however, are absolutely not. If someone cannot control a dog, why on earth would they let it off the leash in what is likely the most popular public park in Sussex?”

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