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Two weeks of delays as work starts to refurbish traffic lights on Gatwick Road, Crawley after flooding

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Flood damage has prompted the need for traffic light refurbishment work at the Gatwick Road/Beehive Ring Road junction in Crawley.

Periodic, localised flooding of the neighbouring watercourse has damaged the existing equipment. The controller will now be relocated and a full upgrade of the traffic signals’ heads and push buttons will also be carried out.

Work is scheduled to start today (Monday, 30 November) and likely to take about two weeks.

Temporary traffic lights in operation for the protection of the public and workforce and delays are likely. If possible, motorists are advised to seek alternative routes, particularly during peak periods.

A West Sussex County Council spokesperson said:

“We apologise for any inconvenience caused and will do all we can to try to minimise this as much as possible.”

The work, including the upgrades, will cost about £60,000.

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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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