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SLOW DOWN! Fire Service tells drivers in Sussex

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is urging residents to cut their speed as part of speeding prevention month.

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Last year, eight people died and 123 were seriously injured on West Sussex roads due to speeding.

The service is highlighting these statistics through an audio message to residents on its social media pages featuring the voice of a young child asking his father why he is driving so fast.

Nicki Peddle, Head of Prevention for West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service, said:

“Last year we attended 684 road traffic collisions.

“Attending these incidents is a big part of firefighters’ roles and we want to highlight the potentially fatal consequences of speeding. If drivers maintain a safe speed there is more chance of preventing a tragedy from happening.”

Being caught speeding could result in:

  • Up to six points on your licence
  • Fine of up to 175% of your weekly income
  • Driving ban or licence revoked (if you’re still within two years of passing your test)
  • Disqualification
  • Criminal record
  • Prison sentence
  • The death or serious injury of either yourself or an innocent person.

Crews from WSFRS will be out supporting the campaign in their local communities. Follow @WestSussexFire on Twitter and @WSFRS on Facebook for updates.

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is at the heart of West Sussex County Council’s Communities and Public Protection Directorate, working to support communities to become safer, stronger and more resilient through a combination of prevention, protection and response activities.

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Crawley Council urges closed businesses to apply for lockdown business grants

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Businesses that have had to close due to the current lockdown can now apply for new government grants.

This latest grants are called ‘Local Restriction Support Grant (Closed) Addendum: 5 January onwards’ (LRSG) and Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment (CBLP).

The grants cover the six-week period of lockdown from 5 January until 15 February.

Both grants are based on rateable value. The rate of payment for eligible businesses is:

  • For properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under, grants are £2,001 (LRSG) and £4,000 (CBLP) – a total of £6,001
  • For properties with a rateable value of between £15,001 and £50,999, grants are £3,000 (LRSG) and £6,000 (CBLP) – a total of £9,000
  • For properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or over, grants are £4,500 (LRSG) and £9,000 (CBLP) – a total of £13,500.

Crawley Borough Council is administering and distributing these grants on behalf of the government.

Businesses can check if they’re eligible by visiting gov.uk/guidance/check-if-youre-eligible-for-the-coronavirus-additional-restrictions-grant

Applications for these grants can be made at grantapproval.co.uk

Councillor Peter Lamb, Leader of the Council, said:

“We know many local businesses are struggling. While the council is doing everything it can to support and rebuild the local economy, it’s vital any organisation which does need support applies for every grant for which they are eligible.”

For more details on help available for businesses visit crawley.gov.uk/emergency/coronavirus-information/businesses-and-employers

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