Published: 11 November 2022
Several community centres could be opened as ‘Winter Warmers’ to help residents who cannot afford to heat their homes or are just looking at ways to reduce their bills.
The council’s Cabinet will discuss the setting up of six Winter Warmers – in community centres in Bewbush, Broadfield, Furnace Green, Ifield West, Langley Green and Tilgate – at its meeting on Wednesday 23 November.
Winter Warmers would provide warm, comfortable spaces for residents to visit. At least two venues, usually more than this, would be open every weekday between Monday 28 November until 31 March 2023 and at least one at weekends.
Opening hours would vary but some centres would be open between 9am and 9pm.
Visitors to Winter Warmers will be able to spend time in a heated location and will have access to free hot drinks. They will also be able to receive advice on the cost of living and wellbeing.
Our plan would provide comfortable spaces for residents and allow them to stay warm without paying for their heating at home. Energy prices are the biggest concern in the cost of living crisis so our Winter Warmers would go some way to helping ease that burden as we enter the colder months.
Councillor Michael Jones
Crawley Borough Council