Local News

The Gatwick Debate

Last Thursday evening saw Crawley Council at its best when it held the debate on what submission it wants to make on the possible Gatwick expansion. I feel this was one of the best debates held since rejoining the Council in 2006.

New Leader of Crawley Borough Council

This is my first column as the new leader of the Conservative group of Crawly Borough Council. This is my 15th year as a Borough Councillor in Crawley having first been elected in 1984 to represent Gossops Green which I continued to do for 7 years before leaving the Council to take up a post in the Senior Civil service in the Department of Health in 1991.

Campaigning in Bewbush and Ifield West

Conservative candidate, Duncan Peck, is running an energetic cmapaign in Bewbush and Ifield West for the West Sussex County Council Elections.  

Conservative Candidates in the West Sussex County Council Elections

 Crawley Conservative Association is proud to be fielding candidates in all nine divisions up for election in the West Sussex County Council elections on 02 May 2013.Our candidates are as follows:Maidenbower and Pound Hill South – Bob LanzerPound Hill and Worth – Richard BurrettBroadfield – Lee GilroyNorthgate and Three Bridges – Bob BurgessTilgate and Furnace Green – Duncan CrowSouthgate and Crawley Central – Dr Howard BloomGossops Green and Ifield East – Ken TrussellBewbush and Ifield West – Duncan PeckLangley Green and West Green – Vanessa Cumper

Some Big Decisions

 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.

Labour's Council Tax Misery

  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.

Labour's Legacy

At last night’s Full Council meeting, Labour claimed that when the Conservatives leave office we would leave a worse legacy than them.

Proposed K2 Crawley Changes put on hold by new Cabinet Member for Leisure and Cultural Services

 Radical plans to expand gymnastics provision at  K2 Crawley Leisure Centre and to create the potential to cater for bigger events  and concerts, have been put on hold, pending further review, by Councillor Duncan Crow, Crawley Borough Council’s new Cabinet Member for Leisure and Cultural Services.  Councillor Crow has signalled his intention to take a fresh look at all possible options, as well as to meet with and listen to the concerns of gymnasts and bowlers, who potentially were looking at the existing indoor bowls facilities being removed.

New Homes in Three Bridges

The first houses at Arun Close, Three Bridges have been handed over to delighted new residents.   

Southgate Post Office

 On 7th January, Southgate Post Office became the first in Crawley to open as a new-style local branch.