The New Queens Square

Last Saturday I enjoyed attending the opening of the new Queens Square. I recognise that there has been a whole year of disruption while the works were being undertaken and it is pleasing to see that they have finally ended. The Queens Square regeneration follows the redevelopment of the old Sussex House site that brought Morrisons, Turtle Bay and Travelodge to the town centre.

Henry Smith MP wears Pink for Breast Cancer

Henry Smith MP has dressed in pink to lend his support to Breast Cancer Now’s flagship fundraiser, Wear It Pink, which will see thousands of people across the UK adding pink to their outfits on Friday 20th October and raise vital funds for breast cancer research.

A Commitment to Animal Welfare

I am delighted to see that the Conservative Government will soon be publishing a consultation on draft legislation, to increase the maximum prison sentence for animal cruelty from six months to five years. This is a ten-fold increase and as well as giving a much greater punishment for severe offences, it should also help act as a deterrent to animal cruelty.

Making Energy More Affordable

On Sunday evening I switched on my heating for the first time this autumn. While most of us do try to be as energy efficient as possible, we won’t be able to escape the need for home heating over the next few months. The cost of energy is a concern for many households and it is of course important for health reasons that the homes of elderly people and young children are adequately warm.

An Ambitious Growth Programme for Crawley

Whether it is nationally or locally, I generally take the view that it is better to get things right for the long-term. Being proactive and taking a longer view by planning ahead makes addressing the challenges of tomorrow less difficult. As a growing town with limited space, it is important that Crawley’s growth is planned and managed in a sustainable way. This is why last week’s announcement of £14.64 million of Local Growth Fund investment by the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership for a significant regeneration programme in Crawley, is very welcome news.

Fairer Funding for Schools

As well as wrecking the public finances for a generation, the last Labour government also built up some major financial inequalities and unfairness in the allocation of government funding. This included school funding where Crawley and West Sussex increasingly lost out to schools in Labour heartlands in the north of England and inner London.

Improvements to Haslett Avenue, Three Bridges

You may have noticed that roadworks have started along Haslett Avenue in Three Bridges. This is the beginning of a major scheme by West Sussex County Council to upgrade seven junctions along the length of Haslett Avenue, which is a major route through central Crawley. This follows two drop-in sessions in August that were held to help provide information and answer questions.

Henry Smith MP calls for Crawley Hammer Attacker to be Deported

Henry Smith MP has called on the Justice Secretary in the House of Commons to ensure that an Afghan national who attacked two Sussex Police officers with a claw hammer last year is deported immediately upon his release from prison.