Crawley Railway Cleanup

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Crawley Railway Cleanup

After many months of pitching for a grand clean up of the years of accumulated rubbish, which has gathered over the course of years, around the footbridge towards the end of Ifield Drive. Members of Crawley Council are currently celebrating National Rail's cleanup of the area.

The rubbish and its slow build up and accumulation has been due to a large amount of fly-tipping in the area being left untouched by the councils go-to cleaning services over the years. The resulting situation has led to residents complaining not only about the eyesore that the rubbish has created, but also because of the potential health hazard created by the large amount of toxic substances which have been gestating over the years.

The situation is a difficult one as the footbridge in question which is housing the litter is not technically part of Crawley Council's Jurisdiction. Although it does appear to fall under the area marked by the Council's agreed share of land, this land in particular being a railway is actually under the jurisdiction of the railway services. What this means in effect is that if any cleaning is to be done, the consent of all involved organizations must first be obtained, which is made even more difficult by the fact that it is at times often unclear who actually holds relevant stake to the land. Indeed, reaching out for communication is often only the first problem, the right owner of the land must also be determined, and then they must be willing to participate in the process of the clean-up.

Locally operating cleaning company Vericlean has also pitched in with their sentiment, saying that this extra step in the clean up has been an echo of good business practices in cleaning, wherein it is common that cleaning jobs can create a necessity to access areas not directly owned by the client, and thus it is important to gain the consent of all involved parties when proceeding with anyway cleaning work. This is doubly important when one party happens to be an organization such as a rail company, as this would involve extra health and safety steps that the company is likely to already have procedures for.