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Towns Council Leader calls for return of Crawley’s school funding

Crawley Council Leader, Peter Lamb, has joined with over a thousand English councillors in demanding the Government act now to end the funding crisis hitting local schools.

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The campaign, launched by the NEU’s Councillors Network and supported by education fair funding campaign group f40, expresses concern over the desperate state of school funding.

The letter urges the Government to invest more money in schools in the forthcoming Spending Review to help meet the huge funding crisis across education, a crisis resulting in growing budget deficits, cuts in teaching staff, a reduction in subject areas, and a poorer education for children.

According to Crawley Labour, in the town figures show twenty-nine out of thirty-two local schools are significantly worse-off per pupil than they were only four years ago, with Broadfield Primary alone having a funding shortfall of over half a million pounds.

They say that despite the huge efforts of hard-working teachers, every pound lost from schools is a reduction in the investment in our children and jeopardises the UK’s ability to compete on the global stage.

Cllr Peter Lamb, Leader of Crawley Borough Council, said:

“We have repeatedly been told that the Conservative Government would fix the underfunding of Crawley’s schools and yet the figures prove just the opposite. In truth the funding situation in our local primaries and secondaries have never been worse.

We must have an end to all the broken promises and a return of the funding local schools need to give Crawley’s next generation the chance they deserve.”

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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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