Archive for January 12th, 2011

Committee to discuss Hyde Drive safety measures

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Committee to discuss Hyde Drive safety measures

REDUCING the speed of vehicles using Hyde Drive, Ifield West, where there have been a number of accidents over the past year, will be discussed at the next public meeting of West Crawley County Local Committee.

The topic is being raised in response to requests from residents.

Alan Quirk, Committee Chairman, said: “Because there have been various accidents in Hyde Drive, including a vehicle knocking down a young girl, residents have requested action to be taken to protect them.

“Vehicles regularly travel in excess of 40 mph along Hyde Drive, even though the limit is 30 mph. Issues include school buses picking up and dropping off children at the bottom of Hyde Drive by the junction with Rusper Road, which is on a blind bend.

“Residents are asking what options are available to reduce speed either by the introduction of a safety camera or lane narrowing. They’re also asking about the possibility of a crossing being installed at the top of Hyde Drive, where a new children’s play area is being built in 2011.”

The meeting is being held on Thursday January 20 in the Longley Exhibition Room, Crawley Library, Southgate Avenue, starting at 7.00pm.

Proposal to extend Crawley Town Centre parking zone

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Proposal to extend Crawley Town Centre parking zone

A PROPOSAL to include West Street and Oak Road in the Crawley town centre Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) will be discussed at the next meeting of West Crawley County Local Committee.

The proposal has been put forward by the County Hall Car Parking Strategy Team, which has consulted with residents a wide range of organisations, such as the emergency services, Crawley Borough Council, Crawley Chamber of Commerce and Industry and charities.

In a report to the Committee, the Strategy Team says: “It is considered that on-street parking could take place where road width permits.

“However, yellow line restrictions would be introduced where necessary to enable the free movement of vehicles and to prevent obstructions.”

Alan Quirk, Committee Chairman, said the proposals are in line with West Sussex County Council’s Integrated Parking Strategy, which aims to tackle congestion, pollution, improve road safety and encourage the use of public transport.

The meeting is being held on Thursday January 20 in the Longley Exhibition Room, Crawley Library, Southgate Avenue, starting at 7.00pm.

Seeking new foster Mums and Dads in Crawley

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Seeking new foster Mums and Dads in Crawley

Several children are waiting for foster homes in the Crawley area, but the town simply doesn’t have enough foster carers.

Now, West Sussex County Council is appealing for more prospective foster parents to come forward.

The children in need of homes are aged seven to thirteen years old.

Nikki Larkham, a former teacher from Crawley, has been fostering for the last seven months.

She said: “I have always had a soft spot for the underdog and felt these children needed extra care to learn and develop, but this can be difficult in a class of thirty.

“When I had my own children I decided to look into fostering instead of returning to teaching. I wanted to offer a place of stability, security, and a firm foundation to enable children to achieve their potential.”

There are currently twenty children in the Crawley area staying with foster carers.

Nikki says she has found the experience rewarding and fulfilling.

“It’s a chance to give something back to the local community and make a real difference to vulnerable children’s lives.

“My one piece of advice to others would be if you are thinking of fostering go for it. The assessment process gives plenty of time for discussion about any fears or worries you might have and there are always people who can listen, help and give you advice.”

County Council Cabinet Member for Children and Families, Pete Bradbury, said: “It’s a sad fact there will always be children who come to us in need of foster care, and so we are always on the lookout for more foster parents. We give carers all the advice and training they need, so if you think you can help, please do get in touch.”

If you are interested, you can call 0800 121 6508 for a free fostering information pack, visit www.westsussex.gov.uk/fostering, or call the Fostering Recruitment Team on 01403 229333.

Birdwatching at Buchan Country Park next week

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Birdwatching at Buchan Country Park next week

Find out more about the feathered friends of Buchan Country Park in Crawley on Saturday January 22, with two birdwatching events.

From 11am to 1pm ‘Family Big Garden Birdwatch’ will give the chance to find out how to get involved in a national bird survey. Learn how to be a bird detective and a master chef for feathered customers. Enjoy making bird cake and feeders, as well as quizzes and games. Tickets cost £3 per child with accompanying Sussex Wildlife Trust, RSPB members and adults free. An adult must accompany children. Meet in the Countryside Centre.

Also on Saturday from 2.30pm to 4.30pm, ‘Buchan Birdwatch’ is a guided walk for adults, looking and listening out for birds as they go to roost. Find out how to become involved in national bird surveys and discover the Buchan Park birds. Tickets cost £3 per person and £10 for group tickets (four people). Meet in the Countryside Centre.

Booking is essential for both events. To book on the events, or for more information, contact Buchan Country Park in Horsham Road (RH11 9HQ) on 01293 542088/544120, or email buchan.park@westsussex.gov.uk.

Find out about other upcoming events at the park by visiting www.westsussex.gov.uk/buchan