Archive for January 18th, 2011

Crossed Paths

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC.

THEY ARE FREE AND THEY’RE FIRST COME FIRST SERVE!!!

YOU CAN EITHER ATTEND THE 6:30PM OR THE 8PM SHOWING ON THURSDAY 20TH JAN 2011.

A thrilling drama about two young men. Aaron and Yussif.

Aaron(Jack Gadd) has just woke up from a coma after a serious attack, no respect, no job and from a broken home.

Yussif(Rishi Nair) the attacker, has just been released from Prison, a changed man, a man on a mission… Finding the right path in life can sometimes be difficult. Will Aaron be able to forgive his attacker, and will Yussif be able to find his faith?

From the director of RH11- Callum Johnston. Produced by Compulsive Productions!! In connection with Crawley Borough Council!!

For Tickets please contact

ADAM WELTON:

Adam.Welton@crawley.gov.uk

01293 438708

(079666 20164)

Crawley MP Demands Meeting with Southern Rail Service to Discuss Soaring Station Car Park Charges

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Henry Smith MP was concerned to learn yesterday that the daily car park charge at Three Bridges Railway Station has shot up from £4.20 to £5.

Henry said, “Although Southern have made significant investments recently, notably investing in CCTV and other security improvements, I am worried that these additional costs are being passed directly on to the commuters in the short term, who are already having to make essential adjustments in their budgets to take account of recent hikes to rail fares.”

Henry continued, “I have demanded a meeting with Southern to seek an immediate explanation for this parking price hikes and have called on them to invest in more parking at the station in light of developments which are about to take place there. For a while now I have been calling on the rail operators to completely revamp this important transport interchange and provide a multi storey car park. I have also written to the Prime Minister to express my concerns about the price of rail fares more generally.

“I am worried that more people will opt to commute by car instead, which I believe will only serve to clutter up our roads further and contribute to this country’s greenhouse emissions at a time when the Government, having pledged to make this the greenest Government ever, is pushing to make emissions reductions worth at least 34 percent by 2020 and at least 80 per cent by 2050.  I am in no doubt that commuters should be encouraged rather than discouraged from using rail services.

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Friendly fostering events at a library near you

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Friendly fostering events at a library near you

Got a spare room or two? Can you offer a stable loving home to a child in need?

Plenty of people think about fostering, but don’t always take the plunge.

To answer questions, allay fears, and encourage more families to seriously consider fostering, West Sussex County Council is running new monthly drop-in sessions.

The informal sessions are being held at different libraries around the county.

They are a first port of call for people who are considering the idea and want more information.

January 27th Worthing library

February 23rd Lancing library

March 14th East Grinstead library

April 19th Storrington library

May 26th Rustington library

May 28th Crawley library

June 3rd Burgess Hill library

July 27th Horsham library

August 16th Bognor Regis library

September 13th Worthing library

October 25th Crawley library

November 11th Shoreham library

December 6th Chichester library

Cabinet Member for Children and Families, Pete Bradbury said: “We are very lucky in West Sussex to have lots of really great foster carers, but we do need more.

“These drop-ins will be very relaxed, because we want people to feel they can ask us anything. Whether they can spare five minutes, or twenty-five minutes, we can help.”

A full package of training and support is provided to all foster carers who

FIRST COUNCIL HOMES IN A DECADE

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

FIRST COUNCIL HOMES IN A DECADE

THE FIRST new build council homes in Crawley for a decade are underway.

The 16 flats currently under construction at Rushetts Place in Langley Green are jointly funded by Crawley Borough Council and the Social Housing Grant – a fund awarded to the Council by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) last summer.

 Peter browning, Director of Environment and Housing at CBC, Cllr Vanessa Cumper, Support member for Housing,  Cabinet member for Housing

The council was granted Investor Partner Status by the HCA followed by an award of £976,000, making Crawley Council the first local authority to be granted money from the National Affordable Housing Programme, a pot usually reserved for housing associations.

Cabinet member for Housing, said: “It’s brilliant news; one of the council’s priorities is to increase housing supply in the town and this is a great starting block for us to help push that forward ourselves.”

(Foreground) Helen Burton, Homes & Communities Agency (HCA) and Cabinet member for Housing. (Background) Mick Stamford, Croudace Site Manager and Sally Rice, Moat Director of Development.

The council owned land, an unused car park next to Langley Green Parade, will see eight one-bedroom and eight two-bedroom apartments completed by the council’s chosen contractor, Croudace, in the autumn.

Richard Holmans, Managing Director of Croudace Partnership says; “It has been many years since Croudace last worked directly for Crawley Borough Council in building new affordable homes. We hope the Rushetts Place development will prove to be a flagship project for the council in providing quality new homes, built to the very latest standards.”

The new units will be built to code four eco-standards which are the highest eco-standards yet to be achieved in Crawley.

Green features include solar panels which will directly reduce the schemes running costs and the homes will also be built to ‘lifetime homes’ standards, accommodating the diverse needs of users over time.

As one of Crawley Borough Council’s preferred housing association partners, Moat has been appointed as the council’s development agent on the project. Moat has worked closely with the council to secure the grant and its new partnership status with the HCA.

Kevin Bourner, Head of Area at the HCA, says; “This is an excellent scheme, pushing the standards for green homes in the area as well as providing much-needed affordable accommodation for the community.”

(L-R) Angela Lemon, Employers Agent Calfordseaden, Sally Rice, Moat Director of development, Cabinet member for Housing, Mick Stamford, Croudace Site Manager, Helen Burton, HCA.


Mears Win a wish for your community – New date

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Mears Win a wish for your community – New date

Talented teens who want to show off their skills to win a wish for their community have got more time to practice.

The M-Factor, a collaboration between Crawley Borough Council’s repairs contractors, Mears, and Crawley Council has had to be postponed until the summer.

Yvette Roberts from Mears, said: “As a pilot scheme the project was driven by a very enthusiastic Crawley based member of the Mears team. Unfortunately they have been taken ill and are not expected back for some time.

“We are committed to seeing this fantastic community project through but with the absence of a key member of the team we need more time to make sure it’s a big success that could be the template for a national M-Factor.”

Dreams will still come true for one lucky winner who will see their wish for their school, community group or local neighbourhood become a reality – and the new deadline means there could also be a special prize just for the winner too.

Yvette said: “Mears is organising the M-Factor, which will be an evening of varied and impressive talent from around the community. This is such a fantastic competition which will benefit many people and bring the community together.

“What do you want to win for your community? It could be anything from a splash of paint on the local pre-school’s walls to turning a small tatty piece of land into a beautiful garden for everyone to enjoy.”

She added: “This is Mears first M-Factor and after the Crawley event we plan to roll out the competition across the UK to benefit other communities.”

If the pilot talent show proves a success the Crawley winner will get the opportunity to impress judges at a regional and possibly national level to be in with a chance of getting their two other wishes granted.

Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “This is a fantastic idea which shows great partnership working and community commitment from our contractors. In Crawley we have first class youth facilities, clubs and schools which are overflowing with talent. I feel sure we will be spoilt for choice and this will be an event not to miss.”

The event is expected to take place in July now but despite the postponement teens can still enter and all applications already received will still apply.

Entrants must be aged between 12 and 17 and pretty much anything goes but your showstopping performance must not include animals and all participants need written consent from a parent or guardian. A new date, time and venue will be advertised soon

For more information or to enter visit www.mearsgroup.co.uk/mfactor or call 01707 290 136.

Drive to stub out underage cigarette sales

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Drive to stub out underage cigarette sales

A DRIVE to stub out the illegal sale of cigarettes to under-18s has been carried out by West Sussex County Council Trading Standards Service.

The work was undertaken in support of a Department of Health initiative to reduce the number of children who take up smoking.

During the year, Trading Standards officers carried out a series of visits to high street retailers, including supermarkets and local tobacconists. They also visited pubs and an amusement arcade where cigarette vending machines were installed.

During these visits advice was given on legal requirements, the appropriate siting of vending machines and the need to ensure adequate procedures and training were in place to prevent illegal sales.

This was followed up later by undercover 15 and 16-year-old Trading Standards volunteers attempting test purchases at 38 high street retailers and from 25 premises with vending machines.

Eight sales were made, including four from vending machines where a 15-year-old was able to buy without being challenged by staff. One of the machines had been installed in the porch of the pub, completely out of sight or control of staff.

The overall failure rate would have been worse were it not for the intervention of customers at two of the pubs visited. At one, the customers intervened directly to prevent the sale and at a second pub they alerted staff who then intervened.

Where illegal sales occurred, formal enforcement action by Trading Standards Officers has been taken. Two of the four pubs that permitted sales from their vending machines have now installed remote control devices that require staff to authorise each purchase and the other two agreed to remove the machines altogether.

Peter Evans, County Council Cabinet Member for Public Protection, said: “Our Trading Standards Service is keen to work with our retailers to ensure they are aware of their responsibilities and have procedures in place to prevent under age persons being able to purchase age restricted products.”

The Health Act 2009 will further strengthen tobacco control to protect children and young people from the health caused by tobacco by prohibiting the sale of tobacco from vending machines from October 1.

If members of the public are aware of premises in West Sussex where under age purchasers are able to buy age restricted products then they can report their concerns to Trading Standards in confidence via Consumer direct on 08454 04 05 06.