Closure of PH(N)RA

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Dear Association Member,

As you may recall back in September 2021, the Chairman’s report outlined the problems we were having getting new people to come forward and serve on the committee.

The report specified a timescale of December 2021 for individuals to apply for positions. Unfortunately, this didn’t happen so without sufficient committee members we’ve been given no choice but to wind-down the Association.

With the Pound Hill North Facebook page reaching over 10k members, it is clear that the traditional residents associations no longer resonate with a younger audience and the older membership is reaching an age when they are unable to actively contribute.

As per the constitution, we are going to donate the residual funds to charity. Last year we gave the membership the opportunity to suggest a charity. With only a handful of responses there were no overwhelming suggestions, so the selections made previously by the committee members are going to be used.

We will donate an equal percentage of the remaining funds to each of the charities listed below.

Rangers Lodge Wildlife Hospital Registered charity No. 1193206 Paid
Coroners Court Support Service Registered charity No. 1105899 Paid
Crawley Open House Registered charity No. 1048919 Paid
Deafblind UK Registered charity No. 802976 Paid
Alzheimer’s Society Registered charity No. 296645 Paid

There is no plan for further written confirmation, The receipts from the charities will be posted on the PH(N)RA website, as will be the final audited accounts. The website will be online until the current hosting package expires on the 04/04/2024

Receipts and Expenditure Account 2020-21 as per signed copy distributed to membership (unsigned here for security reasons)
Receipts and Expenditure Account 2020-21 v2

Receipts and Expenditure Account 2021-22 (unsigned here for security reasons) signed copy available upon request
Receipts and Expenditure Account 2021-22

Receipts and Expenditure Account 2022-23 (unsigned here for security reasons) signed copy available upon request
Receipts and Expenditure Account 2022-23 v3

Local Health Network News: December 2021

Christmas message from County Council Leader
The Leader of West Sussex County Council, Councillor Paul Marshall, would like to wish a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all residents.

Cllr Marshall has recorded a short video message reflecting on the past year, the County Council’s work throughout the pandemic, and looking forward to the year ahead.

Watch the video

Stay safe from Covid-19 this winter

“We want everyone across West Sussex to be as safe as possible during the festive period, and throughout the rest of winter.


“The best way to do that remains the Covid-19 vaccination,” says Alison Challenger, Director of Public Health for West Sussex.

“We encourage everyone who is eligible to come forward and book their booster vaccination, or their first or second dose, if they are yet to have them.”

Read the message and advice in full.

Eligibility for booster jabs has now been extended by the government to everyone aged 18 and over who had their second dose at least three months ago.

Further information and support on getting your vaccines, with links to the NHS and how to book are on our webpage.

Use the postcode checker on our data dashboard for case data where you live.

Covid Pass for venues and events

To help us enjoy events safely some venues across England are now legally required to check the Covid status of visitors over 18.

The rule is part of new national measures to further slow the spread of the virus.

Where required, we’ll need to show that we’re fully vaccinated, or proof of a negative test taken in the past 48 hours, or an exemption using the NHS Covid Pass.

Test to protect

Please take a lateral flow test before going into a crowded space or visiting vulnerable friends and family. Free testing kits can be collected locally or ordered to your home.

Please report your results via the NHS app or website.

Support is available if you test positive and so have to self-isolate.

More local information on Covid-19

Urgent appeal for foster carers
West Sussex is in urgent need of more people to foster teenagers, with two-thirds of the county’s children in care aged between 11 to 17.

Currently 541 (64%) of the 845 children in care are aged 11 to 17 and many of these children are waiting to be fostered.

Michelle has been fostering for 26 years and recently shared her experience: “They just want someone that will vouch for them and care for them.”

West Sussex is in urgent need of more people to foster teenagers, with two-thirds of the county’s children in care aged between 11 to 17.

Currently 541 (64%) of the 845 children in care are aged 11 to 17 and many of these children are waiting to be fostered.

Michelle has been fostering for 26 years and recently shared her experience: “They just want someone that will vouch for them and care for them.”

If you have a spare room, contact our fostering service by calling 033 022 27775 or find out more below. Children are carefully matched with carers and full training and support is provided.

Our foster carers receive up to £510 per week in allowances for fostering, making fostering a great career alternative.

Hear from foster carer Michelle and find out more about fostering

#NoExcuseForAbuse this Christmas

Due to the seasonal increase in alcohol consumption, financial pressures and spending more time at home together, Christmas always sees a sharp increase in domestic violence and abuse.

This time of year can be stressful and difficult for anyone experiencing abuse.

There is never an excuse for domestic abuse and help is available for anyone needing support.

Our WORTH Domestic Abuse Service’s Christmas opening hours are listed below and they can be reached by calling 0330 222 8181:

  • Monday 20 December to Friday 24 December: 9am to 5pm
  • Monday 27 December and Tuesday 28 December: CLOSED
  • Wednesday 29 December to Friday 31 December: 9am to 5pm
  • Monday 3 January 2022: CLOSED
  • Tuesday 4 January: 9am to 5pm

On the days that WORTH is closed, anyone affected by domestic abuse can call the freephone, 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.

If you are in immediate risk of harm always call 999 and press *55 to use the silent solution option if you are unable to speak.

There is also still time to have your say on a draft Domestic Abuse Accommodation and Support Strategy for Sussex setting out how we, alongside East Sussex and Brighton & Hove, will protect and assist survivors of domestic abuse in safe accommodation.

You can find out more and complete the online survey on the link below. But please be quick as the consultation closes this Sunday (19 December 2021).

Click for more information and to complete the survey

Be part of the largest UK council-led EV charging project

A new electric vehicle chargepoint network is being set up across West Sussex.

Connected Kerb, West Sussex County Council, Adur and Worthing District Councils, Arun District Council, Crawley Borough Council, Horsham District Council, and Mid Sussex District Council have formed a partnership to provide the network.

The partners will be working together to install thousands of chargepoints across the county within the next ten years, forming the new West Sussex Chargepoint Network.

This ambitious scheme will give West Sussex residents the confidence to go electric in time for the ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles in 2030.

The partnership wants to deliver chargepoints in locations that work best for residents. Chargepoints will be located on streets and in council car parks. The partnership will also work with local community not for profit landowners to identify opportunities at community facilities across the county, and we also want to know where you want to see chargepoints.
Residents have your say

To help us plan a network that works for you, we want to hear from you. We’d like to know your view of where chargepoints should be located across West Sussex.

We cannot guarantee that a chargepoint will be installed in the location you suggest but it will help us map demand and plan for EV charging in West Sussex.

Register your interest here

Early Help Service redesign – next steps
Following the redesign of our Early Help Service we will be renaming each of our 12 Children and Family Centres as Family Hubs in the New Year. The name change is in line with a national programme to provide drop in spaces for children, young people and families, allowing easy access to a range of partners and Early Help support while increasing the Early Help offer to vulnerable children, young people and families in our communities.

Details of the name changes can be found below:

If you have any concerns about a child or young person, please phone: 01403 229900 (Monday to Friday between 9am to 5pm).

If you require the Emergency Duty Team (EDT) outside of office hours (5pm to 9am weekdays) or at weekends and bank holidays, please call 033 022 26664.

Further details of Early Help service and how to get help and support

Public Consultations

  • Since April 2021 a pilot booking system has been in operation at six of the eleven Recycling Centres in West Sussex. We have now launched a public consultation to seek views on whether the Book to Recycle scheme should be made permanent . Share your views, before the consultation closes on Tuesday 21 December 2021.
  • Share your experiences of using GP (General Practice) services in the last six months. Covid-19 has changed the way we all access GP services and Healthwatch West Sussex are carrying out a short survey which is anonymous and confidential. The survey closes 31 December 2021.
  • The West Sussex Community Equipment Service provides free equipment loans and minor adaptations for adults and children with physical disabilities and illnesses. We would like to hear from those who have experience using this service by participating in our survey on how we can best provide equipment in the future. It only takes around 10 minutes to complete. The survey closes on 14 January 2022.

  • West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is running a public consultation around proposals for their Community Risk Management Plan (CRMP). This document sets out the direction of the fire service over the next four years, and as part of this there are six improvement proposals that the service is seeking feedback on. The consultation will close on 21 January 2022.
  • The Environment Agency is consulting on both its Draft Flood Risk Management Plans (FRMPs) and River Basin Management Plans (RBMPs) up until 21 January and 22 April 2022 respectively. The consultations cover a new set of plans for the period from 2021 to 2027 and arose after Flood Risk Areas in Worthing and Crawley were identified as at risk from nationally significant flooding.



Local Health Network News: November 2021

Global challenges – local initiatives
With COP26 well underway, in West Sussex we’re continuing the challenges of encouraging residents to make active travel choices and reducing carbon emissions across the county.

Initiatives include:

  • working with bus and coach operators on a Bus Service Improvement Plan
  • the West Sussex Transport Plan, which will set out how we intend to balance our environmental, economic and social objectives and resolve conflicts between them
  • the development of the next package of cycling and walking schemes and promotional activity following a central government grant of £274,900.

More info on local highways initiatives
It’s Energy Day at COP26 today, and in West Sussex we’re increasing the amount of clean energy we generate and use. We own and operate two solar farms and we’ve integrated renewable energy technology into council buildings and installed solar panels on more than 80 of our schools.

Local renewable energy projects

Stay safe on Bonfire Night

If you’re celebrating Bonfire Night this year and meeting up with friends and family, staying outdoors is the safest way to protect yourself and others from spreading Covid-19.

Please continue to wash hands often, wear a face covering when it is difficult to maintain social distance and leave space between other people.

If you do meet inside, let fresh air in to help let virus particles out.

Before you head out, take a test to make sure you’re not infected. If you test positive or have any Covid-19 symptoms, self-isolate and book a PCR test immediately, either online or by calling 119.

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is also reminding people to take extra care if you plan to mark the occasion with fireworks.

In the wrong hands, fireworks can cause serious injuries and destroy lives, so it’s vital you follow the Firework Code and know what to do if you were to suffer a burn.

Following these simple measures will help to keep everyone safe and give you peace of mind to relax and enjoy the celebrations.

Covid-19 cases are currently high in West Sussex – see the latest data dashboard.

More local information about Covid-19

Latest local vaccination update

The Covid-19 vaccination programme continues across West Sussex and anyone eligible is encouraged to get their jabs.


Who can get a Covid-19 vaccine?

  • 1st doses – everyone aged 12 and above
  • 2nd doses – everyone aged 17 and 3/4 months and above
  • Booster vaccines – people in eligible groups at six months from their second dose.

Vaccination appointments for 12 to 15 year-olds can also now be booked through the National Booking System or by calling 119, this is in addition to vaccinations taking place in schools.

For more information about vaccinations for 12-17 year olds, including a useful frequently asked questions section, visit the Sussex Health and Care Partnership website.

Taking ‘Betty Bronco’ on school run proves a winner

Dusting down a 1970s bicycle proved lucky for Aimee Collins when she shared her efforts to be more active in on our ‘win a £500 bike shop voucher’ competition.

Aimee’s entry was judged the best in the contest, run as part of our #ThinkActiveTravel campaign.

Residents were invited to reply to the competition post on Facebook and say how they had started to make greener and healthier travel choices. Aimee wrote:

“My daughter started school this year, and we cycle every day on the school run. I got an old 1970s bike and added a kid’s saddle to the back. My daughter loves riding ‘Betty Bronco’ to school and back, I get more exercise, we both get fresh air and don’t have to rely on the car. I haven’t bought petrol in about 6 weeks! She is also learning road safety, so it’s a winner all round.”

County council Highways and Transport cabinet member Joy Dennis is pictured presenting the prize voucher to Aimee and her daughter Fenn, five, who are from Crawley. South Downs Bikes owner Martin Richardson and retail operations manager Aaron Creamer are also pictured.

Thanks go to South Downs Bikes for helping us with the competition.

More news…

Did you Know

It’s Meals on Wheels Week, but our #mealsonwheelsheroes offer more than just a meal. Drivers from @apetitouk offer wellbeing checks, helping customers stay safe in their own homes. Find out more about our Meals on Wheels service here or call 01903 718893.



Annual General Meeting 2021

Notice is hereby given that the twenty third Annual General Meeting of PH(N)RA will no longer go ahead due to safety concerns for our membership, in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The ability of the committee to maintain normal service has been significantly affected. Therefore, the committee feels that the membership Fees for the 2021 ~ 2022 year should not be payable. With the expectation that the next payment date for members subscriptions, will be September 2022 at next year’s AGM.

A number of Committee members are willing to stay in place. However, we now have positions vacant for Honorary Treasurer, Membership Secretary, Honorary Secretary and a Committee Member. If you are interested in filling any of these positions, please contact us via email email

We have struggled for a number of years recruiting new members to the Committee, without someone coming forward (in particular for the senior positions). We may be forced to wind down the Association.

The Chairman’s Report 2021 and Receipts and Expenditure Account 2020-21 will be circulated in due course (mid September) to our membership.

Kevan McCarthy


Local Health Network News: September 2021

Ensuring a safe return to education

Schools and colleges are reopening from today (Thursday 2 September) and we’ve put together all the information parents, carers and pupils need to know to ensure a safe return to learning.

This includes what Covid-19 measures have been put in place at schools and how schools manage outbreaks, a section aimed at how young people can keep themselves and others safe and still enjoy life, and advice and guidance on mental health and wellbeing.

All pupils will be expected to attend school or college as normal, provided they do not have Covid-19 or are showing any symptoms of it.

Secondary and college-aged pupils are asked to take two tests at their school when they return. However, pupils who have tested positive on a PCR test in the last 90 days should not participate in the return to school testing, because it could show a false positive result.

University students will also be returning over the next few weeks and should ensure they’ve had their vaccinations and test before they go back.

Back to school – safely

Testing, testing – it’s still vital

It’s vital to keep testing ourselves for coronavirus.

If you haven’t taken a lateral flow coronavirus test before or you’d rather not do it yourself you can have one at a local pharmacy. Trained staff will be happy to assist with a test which will involve a swab of your nose and throat. You’ll receive the results by text. Visit our website to find a list of participating pharmacies in West Sussex. This is a drop-in service but we recommend you book first. This service is only available if you do not have coronavirus symptoms.

If you do test positive follow the rules on self-isolation – see more here.

Check out the latest local Covid-19 data here.

Remember we can all take simple steps to protect each other – hands, face, space, let fresh air in.

More local information about Covid-19

Vaccination update

Most adults in West Sussex are now vaccinated, but if you are yet to have yours or know anyone who hasn’t, then check out details of walk-in clinics or how to book an appointment.

It’s really important for young people going to university in the autumn to get their jabs before they go.

Young people aged 16 and 17 can also have a vaccine now (and eligible 12-15 year olds too). They’ll be contacted to book an appointment or can attend some walk-in clinics. Find out more and read frequently asked questions here.

As of Tuesday 31 August 645,687 people over 18 in West Sussex have had one dose of the vaccine. That’s 86.2% of the population.

Book a chimney sweep to prevent fire

Last year West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service attended 77 chimney fires across the county.

Therefore, as part of the Chimney Fire Safety Week campaign, the service is urging residents to get their chimneys swept before the cold weather sets in.

Fire services across the country see a large increase in the number of chimney fires they attend during the winter months. This is because they have not been kept clean and are not safe to use.

Other chimney fire safety tips include:

  • using fire or spark guards
  • always extinguishing the fire before going to bed or leaving the house
  • never blocking air bricks, vents or flues

always fitting a carbon monoxide detector and smoke alarm – it could save your life.

Keep your chimney safe

Could you become a foster carer?
A couple that fostered children through the county council retired recently after an incredible 56 years.

Over that time Pauline and Roger Fitter (pictured) cared for over 600 children and gained a reputation as carers who go above and beyond for children in their care, with exceptional skill, patience and warmth. Read their inspirational story here.

We’re looking for more foster carers to provide a safe, secure and loving environment to children facing a challenging time in their lives. If you’ve got lots of love to give and the determination to make a difference to a child, then we want to hear from you.

Fostering with the county council means you’ll be part of a large network of foster carers and receive fantastic training and support. We’ve also recently increased our financial allowances.

We hold monthly online information evenings, if you’d like to find out more. The next one is on Tuesday 14 September from 7 – 8pm – book now.

Find out about fostering

Secondary school applications open on Monday

From 9am on Monday morning (6 September) you can apply for your child to start Year 7 at secondary school in September 2022.

The deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday 31 October 2021.

How to apply for a secondary school place

Interested in solar panels? Solar Together Sussex scheme is now open

We have launched a second round of the Solar Together Sussex scheme to help our residents reduce their carbon emissions and energy costs by fitting solar panels to their home.

The group buying scheme brings households together to install high quality solar panels and battery systems at a competitive price.

You can register for free and without obligation.

If you already have solar panels, you can register to have a battery storage system added so you can get the most out of the clean energy you generate.

Here’s how it works:

  • Registration – the homeowner registers their interest in the scheme free of charge and without obligation. They provide some basic information about their roof, such as its size and orientation.
  • Auction – a supplier ‘auction’ will be held on 28 September when approved solar installers will bid to supply solar panels to all the households who have registered their interest, with the most competitive bid winning. The more people that register, the better the deal should be for each household.
  • Personal recommendation – from the start of October, those who have signed up will be emailed a personal recommendation and quote from the winning supplier. This is based on the roof details given during registration.
  • Decision: Those who have signed up to the scheme will then need to decide if they want to accept the recommendation and quote. There is no obligation to continue. They will have until 26 November 2021 to decide.

Installation: If the recommendation and quote is accepted, the winning supplier will be in contact to survey the roof and set an installation date.

To register or for more information

Helping reduce crime and anti-social behaviour

Our Community Safety and Wellbeing Team works with partner organisations to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour across West Sussex.

The team is involved in a number of community safety issues including domestic abuse, sexual violence, staying safe online, hate incident reporting and modern slavery and human trafficking.

To keep up to date with community safety topics, including current support and advice, information on key campaigns and events taking place across the county, follow the team on social media via Facebook and Twitter and you can also sign up to their Community Safety E-newsletter, which comes out every six weeks.

Crime prevention – more information

Have your say on local issues

The Draft West Sussex Transport Plan (WSTP) details how we will approach managing and investing in the transport network from 2022 to 2036.

A webinar introducing the Draft Plan will take place on 8 September from 2-3.30pm via Microsoft Teams. Officers will also be available to respond to questions.

If you would like to attend, please email

Take part in the consultation here.

Other live consultations you can take part in:

Local Flood Risk Management Strategy; closes Thursday 30 September.

Spotted any faded lines or damaged road signs?

If you’ve noticed either then you can report them via our Love West Sussex app.



Gatwick Airport – GACC Information

Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign
Email received on the 26th August 2021

Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign

Dear Friends,

Gatwick announced yesterday morning that it will launch its public consultation on plans to bring its existing standby runway into routine use, alongside its main runway, on 9th September, running through to 1 December. Its press release is here.

This is the first stage in the planning process which, if approved would see Gatwick would grow from 45m passengers and 280,000 flights annually, to 76m passengers and 390,000 flights over the next 15 years, making it nearly the size of Heathrow.

As we all know, the consequences for local communities, people under flight paths and our environment would be devastating: more noise, more road and rail congestion, more CO2 emissions and other climate impacts, worse air quality and property devaluation both around the airport and under flight paths. The threat is very real and very serious. We have published our own Press Release challenging these plans and you can read it website here.

GACC (Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign) press release

25th August 2021

The proposed expansion of Gatwick, confirmed today by the airport, is unwelcome, unnecessary and, if approved, would have devastating consequences for the environment, local communities, and people living under flight paths many miles away.

The Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign (GACC), with local community groups, is relaunching its ‘Gatwick’s Big Enough’ campaign to fight these proposals.

The plan to grow the airport’s capacity by between 40% and over 60% over the next fifteen years involves use of new technology on the main runway and re-aligning and widening the existing emergency (or standby) runway to form a second runway.

Despite claiming that it is no longer pursuing an additional full runway Gatwick also wishes to continue to blight residents living to the south of the airport with its demand to safeguard land from any other development.

The use of the emergency runway in conjunction with the main runway would mean more noise, more CO2 emissions and other climate impacts, more congestion on local infrastructure and poorer air quality. There would be serious health impacts for local communities and those under flight paths and severe effects on a local infrastructure already overburdened as a result of past growth.

If it gets its way, Gatwick would be able to grow from 45 million passengers and 280,000 flights in 2018, to 74 million passengers and 390,000 flights over the next 15 years, nearly the size of Heathrow.

Chairman of GACC, Peter Barclay, said “There is no need or other case for expansion at Gatwick. GACC and other local community groups have met and unanimously agreed to challenge these proposals as robustly as possible. The world now knows that aviation’s growth has climate consequences that it simply can’t afford, and serious adverse local impacts on health through noise and air pollution. This proposal is unnecessary and ill conceived.

“It must and will be opposed and rejected.”


Peter Barclay
Chairman GACC

For more information about Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign
phone 01293 863369

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

Gatwick Airport – CAGNE Information

Communities Against Gatwick Noise and Emissions
Email received on the 24th August 2021

Gatwick will announce tomorrow a public consultation to rebuild the emergency runway as a second runway which flies in the face of the climate emergency we all face

Whilst other industries make every effort to reduce carbon output Gatwick Airport’s shareholders seek to add 1 million tonnes of extra carbon a year with a second runway

  • This Wednesday (25th) Gatwick Airport is to announce the public consultation on rebuilding the emergency runway (northern/ standby) as a second runway.
    This does not meet government policy of ‘making best use of current facilities’ as both runways cannot be used in unison currently due to safety issues
  • The announcement flies in the face of the climate emergency we are all facing – whilst we recycle and buy electric cars aviation continues to seek unconditional polluting growth
  • Gatwick is not carbon neutral and must be made to take responsibility for the carbon and greenhouses gases of the aircraft departing and landing at its airport
  • A second runway at Gatwick Airport would add 1MTonnesCO2 on top of Gatwick’s pre Covid flight figures (285,000 aircraft movements a year) plus the planned 40% increase from the main runway that will not be scrutinised.
  • This move can be for one reason only; shareholders seek to sell Gatwick with 2 runways.

“Whilst the children are off school and elected member’s holiday, Gatwick Airport choose a time when the skies are quiet to announce a public consultation that flies in the face of the climate emergency, we are all facing”, said CAGNE, the umbrella aviation community and environmental group for Sussex, Surrey, and Kent. “It is despicable and disingenuous for a company to ignore the emissions that planes in and out of Gatwick Airport produce. This pollution from this airport is causeing grave danger for future generations that will have to pay the price for today’s greed of this leisure airport.”

CAGNE has already instigated a series of educational talks to inform residents of the climate impact of a second runway at Gatwick Airport. The next virtual talk takes place on Thursday 30th September (Time is Ticking – Unmasked! The environmental ramifications of Gatwick Airport second runway – website time is ticking a series of virtual talks)

“Boris Johnson said listen to the science when it came to Covid, elected members will be ignoring the science if they permitted this disastrous if they support this planning application by Gatwick Airport to obtain planning for this second runway,” said CAGNE.

“Climate change is one of the greatest and most pressing threats facing the modern world and yet Gatwick ignore this fact and endeavour to push forward for a second runway. Constraint of this industry must be the answer if we are to save the planet for future generations.”

There is no one alternative fuel to fossil fuel for aviation currently, and yet this move by Gatwick shareholders must be seen as total disregard for the planet and future generations.

Gatwick seek to claim they are carbon neutral as they do not account for aircraft movements. They buy electricity from a supplier called Haven Power, owned by Drax, “renewable electricity” is made from biomass. Environmentalists have warned will create enormous demand for forest and other biomass and come at serious risks for land use, agriculture, and biodiversity in the UK and abroad.

Aviation and Gatwick Airport had been reducing jobs at the airport long before Covid with automation and this continues. Job creation therefore must be in greener and more sustainable sectors if we are to truly retrofit our homes.

It is not just about carbon but also the greenhouse gases and the air particles produced by aviation.

Link to talks website time is ticking a series of virtual talks
Link to Gatwick 2 briefing paper from details known to date which does not include details from Wednesday – website Stop Gatwick Expansion

Can you help hand out leaflets to oppose Gatwick 2 on Saturday 12th September at Slinfold? Contact email

Make an annual pledge of support by donating £4 (it can be more) a year to help CAGNE to continue efforts to be fair to all communities. Simply set up an annual standing order of £4 to the CAGNE account at NatWest Horsham, number 19865090 sort code 60-11-17, or bank transfer or by PayPal at or send a cheque made payable to CAGNE to the CAGNE Treasurer c/o Porters Farm, Friday Street, Rusper, West Sussex RH12 4QA

CAGNE contact details:


Our mailing address is:
Horsham, West Sussex RH12 3SQ
United Kingdom

Gatwick Airport – Crawley News 24

Thousands of new jobs could be generated as Gatwick pushes forward with plan to convert emergency runway

26th August 2021 – Crawley Observer

Gatwick has today announced that a public consultation will start on the 9th September 2021 on plans to bring its existing Northern Runway into routine use alongside its Main Runway.

They say the scheme will help secure the airports long-term growth, generating approximately 18,400 additional jobs by 2038 and an additional expected £1.5bn GVA to the region.

While passenger numbers currently remain low due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Gatwick is taking its plans for growth forward now as they still expect to be capacity constrained in the time it would take to secure approvals, complete construction and start operations.

They say the proposed plans would allow the airport’s Northern Runway to be brought into routine use, for departing aircraft, by repositioning its centre line further north by 12 metres.

This would enable dual runway operations with the airport’s Main Runway whilst meeting all international safety standards. They add that the plans would add resilience to Gatwick’s operations (reducing delays and congestion), bring new global connections and allow an increase in passenger capacity to approximately 75 million passengers per annum by 2038.

Other elements of the proposals include improved airport access, highway improvements, as well as additional landscape/ecological planting and environmental mitigation.

Gatwick has said that the project proposals are low impact and are in line with Government policy of making best use of existing runways and the project will be delivered in a sustainable way which they say helps to achieve the Government’s overall goal of net zero emissions by 2050.

As the proposed Northern Runway plans are considered a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project, the airport plans to apply for a Development Consent Order (DCO) to build and operate the scheme. Before the application is submitted Gatwick will be running a twelve-week public consultation, for anyone who is interested in reviewing or commenting on the proposals, from 9th September 2021 to 1st December 2021.

The Statement of Community Consultation (setting out how Gatwick proposes to consult the local community on the proposed Northern Runway project) has been published today at website

Full consultation materials will be made available on the website web pages from the 9th September along with a virtual exhibition and an option to book a telephone surgery with project experts or to request a virtual briefing for local stakeholder groups.

For those people who may find online access difficult Gatwick will be operating a mobile project office which will visit key areas around West and East Sussex, Surrey and Kent and all consultation materials will also be available at various deposit points, including libraries in those areas.

Stewart Wingate, Chief Executive Officer, Gatwick Airport, said:

While we are currently experiencing low passenger and air traffic volumes due to the global pandemic, we are confident that Gatwick will not only fully recover to previous passenger levels, but has the potential to continue to grow back into one of Europe’s premier airports. Our plans to bring our existing Northern Runway into routine use will not only help to secure that growth but will also ensure many thousands of additional jobs and a vital boost to the economy for our local region.

“We would like to hear views from local people and interested groups on the proposed Northern Runway Project as part of our comprehensive public consultation process and encourage everyone to take time to review our plans.

“Aside from the economic benefits our plans will have, we remain committed to our sustainability goals, and our Northern Runway plans are designed to be a low impact way of unlocking new capacity from our existing infrastructure, much of which is already in place.

Gatwick News – Crawley Observer

Gatwick Airport poised to launch consultation on second runway plans

25th August 2021 – Crawley Observer

Gatwick has today announced that a public consultation will start on September 9 2021 on plans to bring its existing Northern Runway into routine use alongside its main runway.

The scheme will help secure the airports long term growth, generating approximately 18400 additional jobs by 2038 and an additional expected £1.5 billion GVA to the region. While passenger numbers remain currently low due to the covid-19 pandemic, Gatwick is taking its plans for growth forward now as it still expects to be capacity constrained in the time it would take to secure approvals, complete construction and start operations.

The proposed plans would allow the airport’s Northern runway to be brought into routine use, for departing aircraft by reposition its centre line further north by 12 metres. This would enable dual runway operations with the airport’s main runway whilst meeting all international safety standards.

The plans would add resilience to Gatwick operations (reducing delays and congestion), bring new global connections and allow an increase in passenger capacity to approximately 75 million passengers per annum by 2038.

Other elements of the proposal include improved airports access, highway improvements, as well as additional landscape/ecological planting and environmental mitigation.

The project proposals are low impact and in line with government policy of making best use of runways. The project will be delivered in a sustainable way which helps to achieve the government’s overall goal of zero emissions by 2050.

Planning Application – Gypsy / Traveller Site on Radford Road

Planning Application

Material change of use of land to a Gypsy and traveller site for 2 pitches each with 3 caravans and associated operational development (hardstanding, access track, shared package treatment plant, amenity blocks, sheds, kennel /dog run and post and rail fencing) – Retrospective

Application Number: CR/2021/0243/FUL

CBC Planning Applications

Case Officer: Mr M. Robinson
phone (01293) 438951

Land East of Radford Farm (and West of the access road to the Thames sewerage treatment works), Radford Road, Crawley, West Sussex.