All posts by Geoff

Long Queues At Gatwick

Passengers flying from Gatwick Airport reported long queues over the weekend due to a technical issue with the airport’s self-check-in machines.

One woman described the scene as “absolute chaos” after queuing for around 90 minutes.

 In a statement issued on Sunday morning, the airport said it had been working with the supplier to rectify the technical issue and significant progress had been made to resolve it.

Crawley Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund

Crawley Borough Council has successfully bid for nearly seven million pounds from the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund, to improve the energy efficiency of council homes.

The money will help pay for over 400 homes in Crawley to have varying forms of insulation, including loft and cavity wall. As well as replacing windows where needed.

The work will be completed over the next two years as part of the council’s plan towards achieving its net zero targets.

Surrey More Healthy For Respiratory Issues

New figures have revealed that people in Surrey are less likely to die from respiratory illnesses than the rest of England.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics show there were 77 deaths from respiratory illness for every 100,000 people in Surrey – meaning the area has fewer than the 94 for England as a whole.

Separate figures, also show 7.8% of adults in Surrey are smokers – lower than the UK average of 13.3%.

Gatwick Airport Donation To Air Ambulance Charity

Gatwick Airport has donated nearly £30,000 to Air Ambulance Charity (Kent Surrey & Sussex). 

Staff from the airport visited the Air Ambulance Charity last week to present the cheque  for £29,328.

Gatwick took part in a range of activities to raise the funds, including the Run Gatwick half-marathon, FIFA World Cup sweepstakes and a Heli Hike fundraiser.

The money raised t could help fund aviation fuel to support more than 100 helicopter missions, purchase more than 300 boxes of tubing for the charity’s or buy 750 ‘nose balloons’ to stop bleeding.

Distraction Theft In Crawley

Police are investigating a distraction theft in Crawley after cash was taken from a person last Friday.

The victim is believed to have been followed from a bank  to a grocery store in Haslett Avenue, where he had £2,000 in cash stolen.

Police have identified two women (pictured below) they wish to speak with who may have information which could assist their enquiries.

Anyone with information on the identities of the women police wish to identify is asked to report it on 101.