Local News

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. 

Labour Opposed Town Hall Vending Machine Savings

Crawley Borough Council conducted a short review in to its Facilities Management services, with a report being produced in September 2010.  One of the recommendations agreed was a reduction in the Town Hall Attendant staffing levels of two posts, both of which were vacant at that time.

Crawley Labour - Opposition for its Own Sake

 I maintain a list of key achievements delivered by the Conservative Crawley Borough Council since May 2006.  It is understandable that the Labour Opposition should have wished to suggest alternative courses of action for some of these initiatives but their resistance to others is less easy to understand.  Sometimes the opposition seems dogmatic, opportunistic and for its own sake.

Crawley Labour wrong about The Hawth - again

Crawley Labour have got it all wrong about The Hawth Theatre yet again.  These are the same Socialist Councillors who walked out of the Council Chamber rather than debate the future of Crawley's brilliant theatre.