Volunteer gardeners needed

A message from Crawley Borough Council

Volunteer gardeners needed

Can you spare a few hours a week to keep Crawley Hospital looking bright and friendly?

We are looking for willing volunteers who can help to maintain the window boxes and the ‘Jim Smith Memorial Garden’.

Tasks will include:

  • Watering
  • Sweeping
  • Weeding
  • Tidying
  • Planting

People who are ill can greatly benefit from positive and natural surroundings as well as the wellbeing of staff, carers, family and friends.

If you think you would be interested then please contact:
email lmarginson@aol.com
phone 01293 438444
website www.crawley.gov.uk/dfc

Crawley Borough Council
Town Hall
The Boulevard
Crawley
RH10 1UZ
phone 01293 438444
email claire.stark@crawley.gov.uk
website www.crawley.gov.uk

Gatwick Airport Station Upgrade

A message from Network Rail

Gatwick Airport Station Upgrade

The transformation of Gatwick Airport station has moved an important step closer after a planning application was submitted for a major redevelopment.

Network Rail, in partnership with Gatwick Airport Ltd, Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership and the Department for Transport, has submitted proposals to reduce congestion and improve passenger experience at the station, which serves 19m passengers a year – up from 7.5m 20 years ago.

The proposals submitted to Crawley Borough Council aim to reduce crowding at the station, improve passenger flow and provide better connections between the railway station, airport terminals and onward travel destinations.

Proposed improvements include:

  • almost doubling the size of the rail station concourse
  • eight new escalators, five new lifts and four new stairways to improve accessibility and passenger flow
  • widening platforms 5 and 6 to reduce overcrowding
  • better connections to the south terminal with improved passenger information
  • an attractive new roof structure

The proposals will accommodate forecast rail growth up to 2036.

“The proposals will transform passenger experience, support airport growth and, along with other upgrades of the Brighton Mainline – the £300m reliability fund and our proposals for Croydon – improve journeys and provide a boost to the local, regional and national economy.

“Our proposals for the station are still being developed in detail and the submission of the planning application is an important step forward in this process.”

John Halsall, Network Rail manager director for the South East route

“The new Gatwick station is set to reduce congestion and give passengers a much improved experience, including a more seamless transition between airport and station.

“More than a million local commuters and business people also use the station each year and will benefit from this fantastic example of the public and private sector working together to deliver a world class transport hub.

“The new station also complements the transformation of train services at Gatwick. Later this year trains will start leaving Gatwick for London with tube-like frequency – every three minutes – and new direct services will start to Cambridge and Peterborough for the first time ever.”

Guy Stephenson, chief commercial officer, Gatwick Airport

“Gatwick Airport is the most important driver of our regional economy and the railway station is the sixth busiest in the whole of the UK outside London. Investing at Gatwick should be a top priority for the region and the UK economy as a whole. We are delighted to support this project – the new station will benefit passengers and staff at the airport and the many highly productive businesses based in Gatwick and Crawley.”

Jonathan Sharrock, Chief Executive at Coast to Capital

“The growing popularity of Gatwick and its increasing passenger numbers is a real positive for the airport and the station. This news highlights plans to significantly enhance the customer experience and ensure the station meets the changing demands of the airport and its customers, and it will be greatly welcomed by our passengers and our teams that work at the station and airport.”

Stephen Maccallaugh, GTR’s Head of Gatwick Express

Indicative project timeline
Crawley Borough Council will determine the planning application in spring 2018.
Funding parties will make a final decision on the project in autumn 2018.
Construction begins in 2019.
Project completion in 2022.

The project is subject to planning permission and a final decision by all funding parties.

Crawley observer – Gatwick News

Transformation plans for Gatwick Airport’s railway station
10th April 2018 – Crawley Observer
website www.crawleyobserver.co.uk

By Joshua Powling
email crawleyobserver@jpress.co.uk

Network Rail, in partnership with Gatwick Airport Ltd, Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership and the Department for Transport, is looking to reduce congestion and improve travellers’ experiences at the station, which serves 19m passengers a year, up from 7.5m 20 years ago.

The proposals, which have been submitted to Crawley Borough Council, also seek to provide better connections between the station, airport terminals and other travel destinations. The station’s concourse would be almost doubled in size, platforms five and six would be widened, a new roof structure would be built, connections to the south terminal will be improved, and eight new escalators, five new lifts and four new stairways will be provided. The project is subject to planning permission being secured from CBC and a final decision by all funding parties.

Construction could begin as soon as 2019 with completion estimated at 2022.John Halsall, Network Rail manager director for the South East route, said: “The proposals will transform passenger experience, support airport growth and, along with other upgrades of the Brighton Main Line – the £300m reliability fund and our proposals for Croydon – improve journeys and provide a boost to the local, regional and national economy.

Our proposals for the station are still being developed in detail and the submission of the planning application is an important step forward in this process.”Guy Stephenson, chief commercial officer at Gatwick Airport, added: “The new Gatwick station is set to reduce congestion and give passengers a much improved experience, including a more seamless transition between airport and station.

More than a million local commuters and business people also use the station each year and will benefit from this fantastic example of the public and private sector working together to deliver a world class transport hub.” Jonathan Sharrock, chief executive at Coast to Capital, said: “Gatwick Airport is the most important driver of our regional economy and the railway station is the sixth busiest in the whole of the UK outside London.

Investing at Gatwick should be a top priority for the region and the UK economy as a whole. We are delighted to support this project – the new station will benefit passengers and staff at the airport and the many highly productive businesses based in Gatwick and Crawley.”Stephen MacCallaugh, Govia Thameslink Railway’s head of Gatwick Express, added: “The growing popularity of Gatwick and its increasing passenger numbers is a real positive for the airport and the station.

This news highlights plans to significantly enhance the customer experience and ensure the station meets the changing demands of the airport and its customers, and it will be greatly welcomed by our passengers and our teams that work at the station and airport.”Do you use the station regularly? Share your thoughts by emailing email the newsdesk.

Crawley Observer – Gatwick News

Airport rail links would destroy green belt
21st March 2018 – Crawley Observer
website www.crawleyobserver.co.uk

Letter Page – Communities Against Gatwick Noise and Emissions
email crawleyobserver@jpress.co.uk
phone 01293 845058

Should we be looking to speed more and more UK citizens out of the UK on low cost leisure breaks when our coastal regions are crying out for tourism and income and aviation is one of the most pollutants when it comes to carbon emissions and climate change?

The UK has some of the most picturesque landscape of this world and the south east has an abundance of heritage and areas of outstanding natural beauty so why should be seeking to blight more of the south east with a high speed rail link between Gatwick and Heathrow as detailed in your article by Joshua Powling [Crawley Observer – March 14, page-9]

Any new railway line is to be welcomed as it is hoped that it will remove many vehicles from our much congested road network, but the Airports Commission was set up by the Government to investigate aviation growth.

It looked at a rail link between Gatwick and Heathrow which was termed ‘Heathwick’, something favoured by the now Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.

The Commission found that the airlines did not welcome it due to point to point air travel which did not call for the transfer of passengers betriveen Heathrow and Gatwick.

The article by Joshua Powling needs to be viewed through tinted glasses as are we to encourage the destruction of green belt and countryside to boost the export of UK citizens overseas on low cost leisure travel that brings little into the UK pursel The amount of countryside, houses and businesses that would have to be destroyed by such a link would in our view be criminal.

Sussex, Surrey and Kent are already facing their current challenges of endeavouring to find land to build affordable houses so to suggest such a line can only be an added complication for more anti-campaigns to stop such madness.

Whilst we welcome the Government’s recent announcement to invest in the Croydon Windmill section of the Brighton Main Line railway, we have to hope that this will assist our coastal regions that are crying out of economic boosts through tourism.

We must not allow Gatwick to swallow up the freed up capacity these improvements will give to the Brighton Line but allow it to boost travel to our coastal regions and countryside and so help
the UK purse rather than encouraging mass export of citizens and in so doing reduce the impact aviation has on climate change.

Sally Pavey
Chair of CAGNE

CAGNE contact details:

email cagnegatwick@gmail.com
website cagne.org
Facebook www.facebook.com/Gatwickcagne

Military Memories Tea Party

A message from Kathryn Brooks
West Sussex County Council

Military Memories Tea Party RAF Centenary Event
2.30pm to 4pm 5th April 2018
Crawley Library
Southgate Avenue
RH10 6HG

Military Memories Tea Party is a free event open to all RAF veterans, their families and anyone who has an interest in the RAF. The event will invite those who come, to talk about their military experience and celebrate the 100th anniversary of the RAF.

We have a limited number of spaces, if you’d like to come please contact us, mentioning whether anyone will accompany you, and if you have any access needs:

phone 0330 22 23883
email ArmedForces@westsussex.gov.uk

By letter: West Sussex County Council, FAO Sally Manning, Parish & Town Councils and Local Governance Team, Room 237, County Hall, West Street, Chichester PO19 1RQ

Kath Brooks | Community Officer
Community Operations
Communities and Public Protection
West Sussex County Council
County Hall North, Chart Way, Horsham, RH12 1XH
Internal: phone 25397 | External: phone 0330 222 5397 |
E-mail: email kathryna.brooks@westsussex.gov.uk

website www.westsussex.gov.uk
Facebook www.facebook.com/West-Sussex-Matters

Crawley Observer – Three Bridges Station

Warning over station road plans
28th February 2018 – Crawley Observer

website www.crawleyobserver.co.uk

By Staff Reporter
email crawleyobserver@jpress.co.uk
phone 01403 751200

Plans to redesign the road layout around Three Bridges would leave drivers facing a long detour if they want to go east, a taxi driver has warned.

Derek Kiernan, a taxi driver and a taxi drivers’ association committee member, told the Crawley Observer that he is keen to highlight an issue which could cause huge inconvenience to drivers, particularly taxi drivers and their passengers.

“One of the proposals is for no right turn from the station he said. *The proposal is that you leave Three Bridges station and go to the Paymaster General’s roundabout.

*The’re expecting us to rive for about a mile and a half diversion, and the public to pay for it. You can imagine the extra traffic, extra pollution

A previous public consultation suggested general support for the no right turn option. However, the report into the public comments acknowledged: “Some comments expressed concern over the impact the loss of the right hand turn would have on taxis as alternative routes would increase fares – participants felt that over the year these costs for season ticket holders would mean a lot.”

The proposals are still open for public comments via:
website regeneratingcrawley.org.uk/three-bridges

British Airways Run Gatwick

Information from Nicola Curran, British Airways Run Gatwick
04th March 2018

You may already know about our brand new community running event for the South East – the British Airways Run Gatwick International Half Marathon, 5K/Corporate 5K and Family Run taking place on Sunday 13th May 2018, starting and finishing in Crawley’s Southgate Park.

Runners will complete either a 13.1 mile or 5km route through stunning local scenery and youngsters and their families will be encouraged to participate and enjoy a 1 mile run in and around the centre of Crawley.

We are working closely with Crawley Borough Council and British Airways on delivering this new mass participation event for the area. For the last four years we have organised a very similar event in Reigate called Run Reigate which has been extremely successful and has raised so far over £700,000 for charities in Surrey and Sussex.

This year we are launching our Run Gatwick event in Crawley and it’s designed to get people active, boost local tourism and support many local charities.

For this event to work, we recruit around 300 volunteers (marshals/racemakers) and this is my reason for contacting you as we would the community to be involved .. We have quite a few roles to fill, ranging from marshals for the routes, team leaders, water, medal, and banana distributers and running the Information Tent.

All volunteers (aged 18 + will receive a free breakfast, a quality racemaker t-shirt and entry to 2019 Run Gatwick event)

Please see poster below

The link to sign up: website www.rungatwick.com/volunteers/

If you would like anymore information please email or call me

Many thanks

Nicola

Nicola Curran| Racemaker Coordinator
| British Airways Run Gatwick | Half Marathon, 5K, Corporate 5K and Family Run
| site: website www.rungatwick.com

For further information please contact: –
email nicola.curran@rungatwick.com
phone 07771 636524
Facebook rungatwick

Instagram rungatwick

Crawley Observer – Gatwick News

Gatwick Growth has ‘huge Impact’ on area
21st February 2018 – Crawley Observer

website www.crawleyobserver.co.uk

By Staff Reporter
email crawleyobserver@jpress.co.uk
phone 01403 751200

Gatwick expansion would be opposed by most residents of Sussex Surrey, and Kent according to a survey by CAGNE.

The three month survey by CAGNE (Communities against Gatwick Noise and Emissions) asked people about their concerns over airspace changes and their thoughts on Gatwick expansion with a second runway.

Picture by Jeffrey Milstein

A statement from CAGNE said: The results were unanimous, like the Airport Commissions work which cost the taxpayer £20 million over three years. Residents clearly do not wish to see Gatwick obtain a second runway as the growth currently is having a significant effect on their lives and well being now.

“The CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) has also just released a report on the 2016 movements at Gatwick which clearly show a 4% increase in aircraft movements at Gatwick and an increase in the number of people affected by the noise contours that it creates.

“In the CAGNE survey 61.09% of those respondents asked if they would support a second runway stated that they would not whereas only 36.40% would: unlike other surveys CAGNE offered the option of don’t know, which received 2.51%.

“Those that responded detailed that Gatwick is an inferior option for a 2nd runway – it is not in London and the infrastructure could not sustain it” also the flights are relatively low over the South Downs National Park and impact adversely on rural areas where there is very little ambient noise.

“Ihe noise and environmental effect of flights in and out of Gatwick arc having a huge impact on the quality of our lives and health, particularly during the summer months. In addition I believe this area is not suitable to support the infrastructure that would be required of airport expansion.’

“Questioned about night flights and respondents detailed that 36.82% would like to see a ban on night departures and 32.0% a ban on arrivals with 36.04% detailing that they are impacted by night noise, many admitting that they are€ not sure which routes in and out of Gatwick they are impacted by.

“The CAA report also shows that Gatwick has seen a 2% increase in night movements with 11,250 during the summer schedule (dispensations allow Gatwick to fly additional planes or move winter quotas over to the summer schedule) and allowing for a 60% increase in winter movements up to 3,250.

“One responded to the survey clearly detailing the emotions of many that responded to the survey: ‘The effect of a second runway at Gatwick would be – heavily increased traffic flow and severe congestion within Horsham and its environments leading to massive infrastructure costs which would not necessarily be effective.

Completely impotent rail service to London. Destruction of the pleasant ambience of Horsham as it develops rapidly into a metropolis.

If government reverses its decision on Heathrow, it should look to an expansion of Birmingham with its proposed fast travel links to London and northern England by HS2. Gatwick Diamond is only a collection of businesses with vested interests in supporting an American investment which will successfully divest itself of all responsibilities if a second runway were approved.’

*The survey also saw respondents from Gatwick Runway 2 supporters as well as groups from the Sussex, Surrey and Kent that oppose Gatwick growth due to the impact it is having on communities and the lack of infrastructure.

“NB: In view of the Gatwick Diamond member survey we would like to raise the fact that 33 Chambers of Commerce and international business support Heathrow expansion compared to those supporting Gatwick expansion.

CAGNE does not support expansion at Gatwick or Heathrow due to the impact both airports will have on the rural areas of Sussex and Surrey.”

See Other Article for the results of the Gatwick Diamond survey.

CAGNE’s Annual General Meeting takes place this Sunday, 25th February, at the Sussex Oak village pub in Warnham.

Crawley Observer – Gatwick News

Business group says members are ‘obviously keen’ on Gatwick growth
21st February 2018 – Crawley Observer

website www.crawleyobserver.co.uk

By Staff Reporter
email crawleyobserver@jpress.co.uk
phone 01403 751200

Business group gdb (Gatwick Diamond Business) says it will continue to back Gatwick expansion, following its latest members’poll. The poll, carried out earlier this month, sought group members’views on whether Gatwick should have a second runway.

“The poll has shown that we should continue to support the development of Runway 2 at Gatwick,” said a statement from gdb. “The findings are in the table below, but show that 88 per cent of members who responded are in favour of a second runway at Gatwick whilst Z per cent are in opposition. The others were unable to express an opinion or needed further information on the issues.

“The poll gives gdb members the opportunity to further express their opinion and we will look to publish both supporting and opposing views, with permission; in the May edition of the Source
magazine.

Jeremy Taylor, CE of gdb, said: ‘As a representative body, we need to know what our members think and it is important that we check with them on crucial issues such as this.

Jeremy Taylor

“Whilst the runway debate continues, and the option of developing Heathrow is still under scrutiny by Parliament and the Transport Select Committee, our Member businesses are obviously keen to see this airport grow. These businesses are invested in the region, them and their staff live and work in the region around Gatwick so it is important we reflect their views.

“But I’m also keen to listen to those who oppose airport growth and look forward to hearing from them.

Survey results since 2014:
The group has published the results off our surveys, carried out since 2014.

“In previous years the survey has shown that there is strong support for the second runway from the membership of Gatwick Diamond Business,” said gdb.

2014 2015 2016 2018
Support 92% 85% 88% 88%
Oppose 3% 11% 9% 7%
Need more info 2% 2% 1% 4%
Abstain 3% 2% 2% 1%

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Crawley County Local Committee

Meet your local county councillors

On Wednesday 28th February 2018 at 7pm
at Longley Room, Crawley Library, Southgate Avenue, Crawley, RH10 6HG

County Local Committees consider a range of issues concerning the local area, and where relevant make decisions. It is a meeting in public and has a regular ‘talk with us’ item where the public can ask questions of their local elected representatives

Agenda includes: –

  • Welcome and introductions
  • Declarations of interest
  • Minutes
  • Urgent matters
  • Progress statement
  • Crawley Residents’ Parking Scheme Review
  • Latent Tuberculosis in Crawley
  • Redevelopment of Three Bridges Stations
  • British Airways Gatwick Half marathon
  • Community Initiative Funding
  • Nominations to School and Academy Governing Bodies
  • Talk With Us
  • Date of the Next Meeting

For further information and an agenda please contact: –
phone 0330 222 8314
Facebook crawleytalkwithus
email talkwithus@westsussex.gov.uk
website http://www.westsussex.gov.uk/talkwithus

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