Looking ahead, Crawley Council has some significant decisions to make in the year ahead. Not least of these is a policy position on Gatwick Airport. We are the local planning authority and our attitude to any specific planning application is distinct from an expression of policy. Applications must be determined without prejudice on their own merits.
It is sometimes said in politics that when you are the Opposition, you can say more of what you like because you will not be implementing your policies anyway. The Labour Party has been the Opposition on Crawley Council since May 2006 and they have made suggestions which you have to wonder if they would actually carry through if in power.
Crawley MP, Henry Smith, has today welcomed the news that in just four months the number of FTSE 350 firms signing up to the Prompt Payment Code has tripled. There are now 126 FTSE 350 firms signed up to the code, with 94 new firms since November last year. Three quarters of FTSE 100 companies have signed, or are in the process of signing, the Code.
Glowarm Central Heating Ltd is a leading central heating company that has been working with the government for 20 years installing boilers in private homes, through government grants.
Crawley MP, Henry Smith, has welcomed new advisers to give intensive support to troubled families and help to get them into work.
Henry Smith MP has hailed the contribution of Green Business to the local economy. In the South East there are 6,585 companies who are involved in green business, employing 119,860 people. In total £1,796.6 million is contributed to UK exports from green companies.
Henry Smith MP has today welcomed the new law to make foreign HGVs pay a levy to use our roads. Last week the HGV Road User Levy Bill received Royal Assent and passed into law.
Crawley MP, Henry Smith, has welcomed the 32 per cent fall in the number of patients in the South East waiting longer than six months for treatment since the General Election. The latest figures show that in September 2012 only 4,829 people were waiting more than six months to be treated, down from 7,172 in May 2010.
Local MP, Henry Smith, has today welcomed the Government’s announcement of new money for school buildings.
Conservative Crawley Borough Council’s seventh budget was carried on 27th February. It freezes Council Tax for the third successive year, adds £4.6 million to the 2015/16 capital programme, giving a total spend of nearly £80 million from 2012 to 2016, one of the largest for any district council in the country.