Pound Hill Litter Pick

Pound Hill Litter Pick on Saturday 16th November

Help keep Crawley tidy by joining a community litter pick with LPK Learning CIC on Saturday 16th November.

Meet at Grattons Park near to Peterhouse Parade at 10.15am to collect equipment ready for a litter pick from 10.30 to 12.00. Refreshments will be available from 11.30.

All ages welcome. A limited amount of equipment will be available but please bring your own gloves and a litter picker if you have one. Hope to see you there!

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Many thanks,


LPK learning:

website www.lpklearning.org.

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GACC Newsletter 110

Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign
Newsletter 5nd November 2019

GACC Annual General Meeting

Simon Henley, Commissioner and Stephen Cooke, Head of Communications
Independent Commission on Civil Aviation Noise will speak at the GACC Annual Meeting to be held at the Stanhill Court Hotel on Friday, 15 November at 7.30 pm

Stanhill Court Hotel is located just 2 miles north west of Charlwood.

The address is Stan Hill, Charfwood, Surrey RH6 0EP Tel : phone 01293 862166
Link to hotel website directions :

website www.stanhillcourthotel.co.uk/contact-us

There is easy car parking. Tea or coffee will be provided and a licensed bar will be open from 7.00pm.

NB: Nominations for the committee should be submitted to the GACC office a week in advance (ie: by midday Friday 8th November).

For more information about Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign
phone 01293 863369
email info@gacc.org.uk
website www.gacc.org.uk
Facebook www.facebook.com/doyoucaregatwick

Alternatively contact directly
phone John Byng 01293 537234
phone Peter Barclay 01293 862821

Keeping Crawley well this Winter

A message from Kathryn Brooks
West Sussex County Council

Crawley Wellbeing Events

Keep Warm
Monday 18th November
Broadfield Community Centre,
Broadfield Barton
RH11 9BA
Keep Safe
Wednesday 22 January 11am-1pm
The Hawth Theatre
Hawth Avenue
RH10 6YZ
Keep Healthy
Monday 24 February
Langley Green Centre
RH11 7PF

For more information about any of these events, please contact Crawley Wellbeing on phone 01293 585317 or visit our website at website crawleywellbeing.org.uk

Kath Brooks | Partnership Officer – Crawley
Partnerships and Communities Team
Communities and Public Protection
West Sussex County Council
County Hall North, Chart Way, Horsham, RH12 1XH
Internal: phone 25397 | External: phone 0330 222 5397 |Mobile: phone 07702 511693
E-mail: email kathryna.brooks@westsussex.gov.uk

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

Three Bridges Station Improvement Scheme

Crawley Borough Council, Govia Thameslink Railway, Network Rail and West Sussex County Council are pleased to bring forward the final draft proposal to redevelop Three Bridges Station forecourt, create a new entrance to the station from Station Hill and create a vibrant new space with excellent connectivity for all.

These proposals follow feedback from public consultations in 2015 and 2018,
extensive consultation with stakeholders and a detailed and wide-ranging traffic modelling exercise.

The aims of the scheme are to:

  • Improve the physical environment of the station forecourt area and taxi rank
  • Improve provision for picking up/dropping off passengers by car and taxi
  • Improve the transport interchange facilities, bus connectivity, pedestrian and cycle links
  • Improve access to the station by sustainable forms of transport
  • Improve passenger flow by creating a new entrance/exit point at platform 5
  • Review parking facilities at the station.

The scheme will benefit all station users. Key features include:

  • A new pedestrian and cycle entrance from Station Hill, enabling people to purchase a ticket and access the rest of the station. This will cut down on journey times for those coming from Maidenbower and Pound Hill
  • The provision of dedicated safe spaces for passenger and taxi drop-off and waiting areas and the introduction of cycle provision at the front of the station
  • Increasing transport options for station users
  • Creating a more welcoming, inviting and safer space for all to enjoy.

Information sessions have been arranged where officers from Crawley Borough
Council and West Sussex County Council will be available to answer any questions.
These take place on:

  • Thursday 10 October, 4-7pm, Crawley Library
  • Saturday 12 October, 12 noon-4pm, County Mall
  • Tuesday 15 October, 6.30am-9.30am, Three Bridges Station
  • Tuesday 15 October, 5.30-7.30pm, Three Bridges Station
  • Thursday 17 October, 12 noon-4pm, Three Bridges Station

Feedback can also be sent to email 3Bridges@crawley.gov.uk by Sunday 3 November.

An online version of this document is available at
website investcrawley.co.uk/development/three-bridges-station

Gatwick News – Crawley Observer

Gatwick Noise Management
25th September 2019 – Crawley Observer
website www.crawleyobserver.co.uk

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

Airport reports ignore issues

Gatwick Airport’s scoping reports ignore the current issues faced by its unhappy neighbours who suffer aircraft noise day and night affecting their wellbeing and house value, says CAGNE, umbrella community and environmental group opposing Gatwick Airport’s plans to use the emergency’ runway as a second runway.

Simply put, it is more planes which mean more frequent noise and the scoping reports before local authorities currently do nothing to offer a reduction in noise for the communities of Sussex, Surrey and Kent.

In fact it offers them an increase of 90,000 extra planes on top of the 280,000 that they suffer annually today.

Gatwick seeks to manipulate the planning process to avoid the costly route of new runway application by seeking to ‘make best use of current facilities’ through a Development Consent Order that avoids public scrutiny until 2020.

Local authorities are making decisions behind closed doors now, and have been party to meetings with Gatwick Airport since April according to the scoping reports.

Elected members will be making decisions about residents’ futures and that of your children and grandchildren who will face the consequence of global warming, as aviation is one of the biggest threats our planet faces today and must be capped.

Gatwick desires to increase flight movements on the main runway and use the emergency runway for regular flights, taking them from 55 to 75 aircraft movements per hour.

That’s going from an annual aircraft movement of over 285,000 a year to 390,000 by 2032; (figures taken from the Gatwick Master Plan) Gatwick using the averaging of noise to counter concerns but people do not hear noise as an average but as a noisy frequent event.

We encourage residents to write now to their local authorities and members of parliament before October 1st, make their opinion known that they wish to Stop Gatwick Expansion plans as they are simply not sustainable and not good news for communities or the planet.”

CAGNE is holding Stop Gatwick Expansion roadshows and pop-up events throughout October and November in Sussex, Surrey and Kent and invite people to join their mailing list, come along, help distribute leaflets to neighbours, raise awareness with communities of what is proposed by Gatwick Airport.

Visit www.cagne.org

Communities Against Gatwick Noise and Emissions
Contact details:

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

Gatwick News – Crawley Observer

Campaign launched against airport plan
20th September 2019 – Crawley Observer

website www.crawleyobserver.co.uk

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

Campaigners have announced they have launched a major campaign to challenge Gatwick Airport’s Master Plan.

Under the banner Gatwick’s Big Enough community groups around Gatwick have joined forces with Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign to call Gatwick to account over its proposals.

The group said the plan proposed to create an airport as big as Heathrow is today.

An increase in aircraft movements in the next ten years to 390,000 per annum (1,050 or more per day) and passenger numbers to 70 million per annum (190,000 or more per day).

The group it would bring increased misery to thousands of people through noise, pollution and impacts on local infrastructure.

The plans would also bring a significant increase in carbon emissions caused by the additional flights, the group claimed.

The campaign has got off to an early start with challenges to Gatwick’s use of the planning permitted development processes.

The initial submission to the Planning Inspectorate for Gatwick’s Stage Two, the expansion and active use of the emergency/northern runway, has been made and our teams are now in the process of preparing challenges to these proposals.

Campaign group chairman Peter Barclay, said: “Whilst this growth plan may be within the airport’s own boundaries the negative impact on communities extends many miles from Gatwick’s borders.

“In a society where there is increasing awareness of the downside of aviation activities our members want us to ensure these developments are properly contained.”

A Gatwick Airport spokes person said: “Gatwick recognises that future growth should be both economically and environmentally sustainable and is committed to delivering any future growth plans in this way.

“We will carry out a number of detailed studies to assess the impacts and benefits of our standby runway plan on our local region and will be consulting on the plans next year.

“The airport also recognises the importance of faster global and local action from all sectors to tackle climate change, and any future growth will be delivered in line with Government policy.’

What do you think? Email crawley observer your views.
email crawleyobserver@jpress.co.uk

Gatwick News – Crawley Observer

Gatwick Airport starts process to bring its northern runway into routine use
6th September 2019 – Crawley Observer

website www.crawleyobserver.co.uk

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

Gatwick Airport has formally started the process to bring its existing northern runway into routine use.

The airport said it has submitted a notice to the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) of its intention to prepare an application for development consent.

It said this action established the ‘Gatwick Airport Northern Runway’ project on the PINS website and is the first step in the Development Consent Order (DCO) application process.

Next month, the airport will submit a ‘scoping request to PINS, which sets out the proposed approach and key issues to be included within the process.

Following the publication of its master plan in July, Gatwick announced it would prepare a planning application known as a development consent order (DCO).

The application is to bring the airport’s existing northern runway (also known as the standby runway) into routine use for smaller, departing aircraft alongside the main runway by the mid-2020s.

Tim Norwood, Gatwick’s chief planning officer, said: “As the biggest private investments in our region for many years, the start of the process to use our existing Northern Runway is a significant milestone.

This project has the capacity to offer significant local economic benefits, new jobs and an exciting future for the region.

“As we take our plans forward, we are committed to working in partnership with our local communities, councils and partners to ensure we grow sustainably and present information in a clear and transparent way, including a more detailed stage of, public consultation on the project next year.”

The first stages in the DCO process involve Gatwick carrying out surveys and preparing detailed environmental information on the Northern Runway plans later this year.

A public consultation will be held next year, after which further updates to the plans will be incorporated.

An application for development consent will then be made to PINS, which will examine the application and provide a recommendation to the Secretary of State.

The Secretary of State will then make a decision.

A spokesman for The Campaign Against Gatwick Noise and Emissions said: “It is true that our area needs investment but not this kind.

“We need investment in our roads and amenities.

Gatwick’s proposal is simply unmanageable for our area as the Government :has made clear it is investing in Heathrow and northern infrastructure.

There are many regions of the UK that could benefit from the economic stimulus that airport expansion could bring – but neither Sussex nor Surrey are one of them.

As such this application for a development consent order must be seen as a negative for our areas and unsustainable.

“Even Gatwick’s supporters at the recent Gatwick Diamond Initiative event detailed that; ‘our employers cannot get enough staff with the right skills’.

This new runway would simply cause more congestion on the roads as workers migrate daily into Gatwick Airport, inevitably decline the air quality further with substantial increases in freight on our roads whilst all the time Gatwick ignores the impact their application will have on our planet in releasing an extra one million tonnes of carbon a year from operating two runways according to expert advisory body, Aviation Environment Federation.

What we need is sustainability and not over 20,000 extra workers descending on our area looking for schools, affordable housing, health care and amenities which local authorities are

struggling to accommodate currently if those residents that thought the aircraft noise from Gatwick couldn’t get any worse, the management are now planning to make it nearly 40 percent worse for us all.”

Gatwick News – Crawley Observer

Plans for new ‘rapid exit taxiway’ at airport
30th August 2019 – Crawley Observer

website www.crawleyobserver.co.uk

By Sarah Page
email crawleyobserver@jpimedia.co.uk
phone 01403 751200

Plans to build a new ‘rapid exit taxiway’ near Gatwick Airport’s main runway were due to be put before Crawley Borough Council’s planning committee last night.

Gatwick owners were consulting the council on the proposals which they said
would reduce delays caused when aircraft had to go around’ because a previous aircraft had not vacated the runway.

It would provide an additional fast exit route off the runway and could mean an extra 11 aircraft operations a day.

But members of the environment group Communities Against Gatwick Noise and Emissions (CAGNE) said it could lead to increased aircraft noise and they fear its effect on air quality.

The group said it was challenging Crawley Borough Council to ‘uphold their pledge to climate emergency.’

The climate emergency was declared last month.

Members put politics aside and pledged unanimously to cut the council’s carbon emissions by at least 45 per cent by 2030 and to zero by 2050.

Gatwick News – Crawley Observer

Airport’s proposal untenable say critics
14th August 2019 – Crawley Observer

website www.crawleyobserver.co.uk

By Sarah Page
email crawleyobserver@jpimedia.co.uk
phone 01403 751200

A pressure group has said plans to extend Gatwick Airport are ‘entirely inappropriate and untenable’

The Sussex branch of Campaign for the Protection of rural England (CPRE) has said the airport’s recently revealed 15-year masterplan would ‘create a significant increase’ in the number of flights in and out of Gatwick and ‘make a mockery’ of the efforts of local councils to reduce carbon emissions.

But the airport’s owner says it recognises the importance of tackling climate change and will ensure future growth is ‘sustainable’.

Work made by Sussex councils on declaring a ‘climate emergency’ would be wiped out by the planned expansion of Gatwick Airport.

That’s the warning being made by the countryside charity CPRE Sussex.

The group says that nearly all Sussex councils have now pledged to cut carbon emissions in response to ‘evidence of a growing environmental crisis.’

But it says that Gatwick Airport’s ‘masterplan proposals to expand the airport over the next 15 years “would make a mockery of local councils trying to tackle the climate issue.”

CPRE Sussex spokesman Dr Roger Smith said: “Given the reality now generally accepted, that climate change is an existential threat, Gatwick Airport’s proposal to bring its standby runway ‘into full-time routine use’ would seem to be entirely inappropriate and untenable.

“If these proposals are permitted there would be a significant increase in the movement of aircraft flying in and out of Gatwick, and in the number of passengers travelling to and from the airport.

“The consequent increase in harmful emissions would wipe out all the good work being done by local councils trying to cut carbon emissions and make a mockery of their efforts.”

However, a Gatwick spokesperson said: “Gatwick recognises the importance of faster global and local action from all sectors to tackle climate change and will ensure any future growth is delivered in a sustainable way and in line with Government policy.

“We will carry out a number of detailed studies to assess the impacts and benefits of our standby runway plan on our local region and will be consulting on the plans next year.”

CPRE Sussex has also criticised Gatwick for holding its masterplan consultation road shows in areas least likely to be affected by noise and pollution.

That view is also being backed by the campaign group CAGNE which has hit out at the consultation as a ‘sham.’

Gatwick runway. Photo by Jeffrey Milstein

Chairman Sally Pavey said: “Only two thirds of the 5,000 respondents to the Gatwick Airport masterplan consultation agreed with using the emergency runway as a second runway.

This is a surprisingly low Gatwick specifically held the consultation events in areas away from those overflown and at the airport itself.”

She added: “The south east is one of the most congested and densely populated areas in Europe, with schools, hospitals, roads, rail, social services and housing barely able to cope with present numbers.

The dramatic increase in employment levels, which would be the result of a ‘second runway by the backdoor’, would exacerbate the situation to intolerable levels.

“There are many regions of the UK that could benefit from the economic stimulus that airport expansion could bring – but neither Sussex nor Surrey are one of them.’

Meanwhile, Gatwick’s owners – VINCI Airports and Global Infrastructure Partners – have this week announced a five-year £1.11 billion investment plan with an emphasis on the use of more automation and technology.

A spokesman said: “Gatwick now serves 46 million passengers a year and the airport is committed to exploring how to continue growing sustainably, providing jobs and boosting the local economy.”

Keep up to date with the latest news visit – website www.crawleyobserver.co.uk

Annual General Meeting 2019

21st Annual General Meeting

Notice is hereby given that the twenty first Annual General Meeting of PH(N)RA will be held on Tuesday 10th September 2019, in the Jubilee Room, Crawley United Reformed Church, Worth Park Avenue, commencing at 7.30pm

Please note the change of venue.

Due to limited parking at this location, members are advised to arrive early or consider alternative transport arrangements

Teas and Coffees will be served before the meeting.

  1. Apologies received
  2. Chairman’s report
  3. Minutes of the 2018 AGM
  4. Matters arising
  5. Election of Officers and Committee Members
    1. Chairman
    2. Vice-Chairman
    3. Secretary
    4. Treasurer
    5. (and up to) 8 other committee members
  6. Treasurer’s Report
  7. Election of Auditor for the year commencing 1st August 2019
  8. County Council Matters with Richard Burrett
  9. Any Other Business

If you are a member please make every effort to attend.

We look forward to seeing you on the 10th September.

Kevan McCarthy


Please note: – the Annual General Meeting is for Members Only, non-members will be able to join on the night and then attend the meeting.