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Football Update

Sutton United remain in third place in the League 2 table.  Despite being down to 10 men after the 74th minute, Sutton held Northampton to a goalless draw at Gander Green Lane on Saturday.  Crawley Town slip to 14th place after losing 1-0 at home to Tranmere Rovers.

Elsewhere Merstham won their Isthmian Premier Division match 1-0 away to Bowers and Pitsea.  Horsham won 2-1 away to Cheshunt.

Deadline Approaches To Contribute to Surrey Hills AONB Review

Surrey residents have been reminded that the deadline is fast approaching to submit evidence for the formal boundary review for the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. 

The review is led by Natural England and will decide whether areas next to the existing boundary should also be designated.  The area in question covers the North Downs and Greensand Ridge landscapes on the doorstep of towns such as Dorking, Reigate and Oxted. 

People living in and around the Surrey Hills can gather evidence such as photos and locations and share them through the Survey123 App or using the form on the Surrey Hills website.  The evidence should be submitted by the 31st January deadline. 

The boundary of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has not been reviewed since its original designation in 1958.

Treated Vegetable Oil Fuel To Keep Surrey’s Gritters Moving

Photo credit: Surrey County Council

Surrey’s 39 gritters will trial running on treated vegetable oil  fuel from this week.

The vehicles will run environmentally friendly Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) fuel as part of Surrey County Council’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions. 

The HVO fuel reduces the carbon produced from combustion engines by up to 90%. Over the course of the winter season, Surrey’s gritters will use around 30,000 litres of fuel and by switching to treated vegetable oil rather than diesel, the carbon produced from gritting activities will be reduced by around 102 tonnes.

Additional Covid relief funding available

Businesses in Crawley that were previously ineligible for COVID-19 financial support can now apply for reduced business rates.

The Borough Council has been provided with additional funding by the government to help businesses apply for reduced business rates for the current financial year.

To be eligible, businesses must be a ratepayer, liable and occupying the property for business rates as at 1 April 2021.

You can apply through the Grant approval website.

Drug-drink driver given jail sentence.

A man from Haywards Heath has been jailed for three years after causing life threatening injuries to his passenger in a car crash.

David Head had consumed wine and cocaine before he got behind the wheel of his car back in August 2020.

 Dash cam footage shows him driving at 75mph on a 30mph road in Crawley.

The 42 year old was sentenced to 2 years and 7 months behind bars and has a 3 year driving ban.