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Oxted Pram Race Returns

What do five Boris Johnsons, working from home, and 101 Dalmatians have in common?  Well after an absence of three years due to the pandemic, the Pram Race returned to Oxted yesterday and these were some of the fancy dress themes for this year’s entries.

The Pram Race has been run since 1977 with the objective of raising money for local causes.  Starting in Master Park, participants in fancy dress push a pram along the route stopping at each of the seven licensed premises on the way where they have to down a drink as fast as they can.  Both spectators and participants can expect to be drenched with water bombs and water pistols!

The route finished in Old Oxted High Street where the contestants gathered after the race for the after party and awards ceremony.

Photos credit:  Tracey Franklin

Gatwick Airport Incident: Man Arrested for Drink Driving

A man arrested at Gatwick Airport on Friday has been charged with drink-driving.

Andris Sibu from Dublin was arrested at the airport after a vehicle was abandoned at the north terminal.  Emergency services were called to the drop-off parking zone at the terminal on Friday afternoon and the area was cordoned off while an investigation of the vehicle took place.

Sibu has been released on bail to appear at Crawley Magistrates’ Court on 16th August.

Covid-19 Signage Removed from Crawley Town Centre

Photo courtesy Crawley Borough Council.  Photo shows Councillor Michael Jones, Leader of the Council, and Councillor Atif Nawaz, Cabinet member for Planning and Economic Development.

Covid-19 signage installed in Crawley town centre in June 2020 has been removed by the Council. 

Metal signs, floor vinyls and lamppost wraps showed messages about distancing, mask wearing and contactless payments.  They remained in place during further restrictions over the past two years to make retail spaces safe for the return of shoppers. 

Crawley Borough Council’s Neighbourhood Services Team has been removing all of the signs over the past few days.  Councillor Atif Nawaz said the ’removal of the signage is a powerful visual message demonstrating that Crawley is well on the road to recovery’.

Crawley: Planning Permission Needed For Some Houses of Multiple Occupation

Planning permission is now needed for Houses of Multiple Occupation or HMOs in 10 areas of Crawley. 

Anyone wishing to convert a property in these areas to an HMO must submit a change of use planning application to the council. Crawley Borough Council has introduced new Article 4 Directions for properties which accommodate between three and six unrelated individuals. 

The locations concerned include a number of roads in Furnace Green, and roads in Ifield, Three Bridges, Southgate and Pound Hill. 

The Council says it is seeing growing evidence that Houses of Multiple Occupation were clustering in those areas which contain a large number of three-storey townhouses.  It says bringing in these directions will reduce the negative impacts like noise and parking problems.

Sussex Wildlife Trust: ‘Be Tick Aware’

The Sussex Wildlife Trust is warning people to be ‘tick aware’ and says sensible precautions should be taken now that Summer is here. 

Some ticks carry bacteria which can cause Lyme disease which produces a bullseye rash and flu-like symptoms.  Among the steps walkers can take are to wear long trousers, walk on clearly defined paths and avoid brushing against vegetation.  People should check themselves and their clothing after visiting the countryside.  Dogs should be checked too.  Ticks can be removed with fine tipped tweezers or a special tick removal tool. 

The Trust says that ticks, which feed off the blood of birds and mammals, can be found in long grass and woodland, and also in parks and dog walking areas. 

Ticks are most active from May to October especially in warm weather.  

Further information:  UKHSA Leaflet – ‘Be Tick Aware’ and Lyme Disease Action