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East Surrey Hospital Receives MP3 Players For Dementia Patients

Dementia patients at East Surrey Hospital have received a donation of MP3 players from the Purple Angel Foundation.  

The Purple Angel campaign, set up to support people living with dementia, raised money through crowd funding for the MP3 players and donated them to patients at the Hospital.  

It is hoped that the MP3 players will improve patients’ wellbeing and general health using personalised music therapy, creating some familiarity in an unsettling environment.

Gatwick Aircraft Noise Information

Local residents can now access information on Gatwick’s aircraft noise after a £1,000,000 investment in new technology.  

Up to 23 new noise monitoring terminals have been introduced to surrounding areas to collect noise levels which can be presented in real time alongside flight information from airport radar systems. Information is updated every second so that residents can access data and generate reports on demand.  

The new system also allows noise complaints to be submitted via an automated telephone line.

Airlines can use the information to improve flight performance and reduce noise.

The new flight tracker website can be found here: .  

The new automated phone line number is 01293 311 568.

14 Month Sentence For Gatwick Parking Company Director

The Director of a Gatwick meet and greet firm has been jailed after cars were left in muddy fields and some vehicles were returned damaged.  

Asad Bashir Malik from Crawley advertised online that cars would be parked in a secure compound. But West Sussex trading standards found them in fields where some were unlocked and damaged, and had parking tickets.

Malik has been given 14 months behind bars along with being banned from being a company director for 4 years.

Funding Boost For Manor Royal Heat Network

A project to supply environmentally sustainable heat energy to companies across Crawley’s Manor Royal Business District has received a funding boost.  

The Government’s Heat Networks Delivery Unit has awarded over  £100,000 to carry out initial work on a proposed heat network and cover project management costs.  The initial work will focus on demonstrating whether the project is viable and ensuring there is sufficient demand. The heat network would be an efficient, cost effective and environmentally sustainable way of supplying energy across a wide area to heat buildings or water.  The heat would be supplied from a central source to businesses via a network of insulated pipes.

The proposed heat network is part of the wider Re-Energise project and is a joint initiative between West Sussex County Council, Crawley Borough Council and the Manor Royal Business Improvement District.