Dementia Friendly Event

A message from Kathryn Brooks
West Sussex County Council

Dementia Friendly Event
6pm to 7pm 16th November 2017
Crawley Library

Refreshments will be provided
Showcases from attendees including:

  • Alzheimer’s Society
  • Crawley Library,
  • Forget Me Not,
  • Crawley Borough Council
  • Memories Day Care
  • and Metrobus

Stay for the Crawley County Local Committee after this event at 7pm where items include:

  • WSCC Dementia Action Plan update
  • Crawley New Town 7oth Anniversary

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


Crawley County Local Committee

Meet your local county councillors

On Wednesday 16th November 2017 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: –

  • West Sussex County Council Dementia Action Plan update
  • Crawley New Town 70th Anniversary
  • Prioritisation of Traffic Regulation Orders 2017/18
  • Community Highway Schemes – Information report by the Director of Highways and Transport,
  • Community Initiative Funding
  • Nominations for Local Authority Governors to Maintained School and Academy Governing Bodies
  • Talk With Us (Open Forum)
  • Report of Urgent Action

For further information and an agenda please contact: –
phone 0330 222 8314
Facebook crawleytalkwithus


Crawley – The BIG Seven-0

BIG Seven-0 Festival

Celebrating the New Town’s 70th birthday
Saturday 25th November 2017

Winter Carnival Parade
1.30pm to 2.30pm
a colourful carnival parade, featuring local artists, bands and
community groups, starting from queensway to the broadway
then the historic high street before finishing in memorial gardens.

music, dance and food festival
memorial gardens 1.30pm to 5.45pm
a stage programme reflecting the diversity of crawley,
headlined by world-renowned ed sheeran tribute act jack shepherd.

lights and fireworks finale
memorial gardens 5.45pm to 6.15pm
magical lighting and a firework display in memorial gardens
bring the celebrations to an exciting end.

for further information please contact:

Cohesion Plus phone01474 369329
Same Sky phone01273 571106
Crawley Borough Council phone01293 438156

Invitation to a Travellers Site Consultation

This message forwarded on behalf of Thuso Selelo in regards to the Traveller Site Proposal at Lower Hollow Copse, Copthorne

Plans to re-submit the planning application
3rd November 2017

Dear Sirs,

The Corporate Estates and Facilities Business Unit, Mid Sussex District Council, along with the current site owner, intend to re-submit the planning application for public and private gypsy and traveller accommodation (GTA) at land at Lower Hollow Copse, Copthorne.

We are therefore holding a public consultation and exhibition (flyer below) on Tuesday 7th November 2017 and invite you to meet with the technical and design teams on the day.

I look forward to you hearing from you in due course.

Kind regards

Thuso Selelo BSc (Hons) MBA MRICS
RICS Registered Valuer
Business Unit Leader
Corporate Estates & Facilities Business Unit
Oaklands Road, Haywards Heath
RH16 4TF

phone 01444 477 425

Working together for a better Mid Sussex

Crawley Observer – Gatwick News

Firmly against expansion
1st November 2017 – Crawley Observer

Letter Page – Communities Against Gatwick Noise and Emissions
phone 01293 845058

The announcement today [October 25th] that Gatwick will seek expansion with or without Heathrow expansion is not a surprise to CAGNE, Communities Against Gatwick Noise and Emissions.

Reasons why Gatwick cant be permitted to expand:

The Rail Can’t –

  • Even after completion of the Thameslink improvement, the South East Route states there will be unacceptable standing from as far out as Haywards Heath and by 2024 serious capacity problems overall (SRS pp39-40). By 2018,with or without a new runway, the SRS states (p52) that Gatwick passengers will be subject to significant congestion and standing on trains. Page references from South East Route: Sussex Area Route Study September 2015.
  • The £120.5m upgrade of Gatwick Airport train station – Gatwick apparently is only contributing 7.5% towards the total cost and the new platform benefits Gatwick.
  • Gatwick 2017 has set about lobbying the government for funding for over £2bn rail improvement. The Windmill Junction on the Brighton Mainline at East Croydon will cause years of delays for commuters and is only planned for natural growth of passengers in the south east not for Gatwick growth.

The Road Can’t –

  • If the Government purse pays for Gatwick’s 2nd runway infrastructure, how much will it leave for the Northern Powerhouse infrastructure?

The Gatwick Brexit effect
Talk of tax on European flights, airlines moving to Europe, Gatwick is still reliant upon European business. A debate will be heard on the subject ofBrexit and aviation on 30th October.

On average 89% of Gatwick’s flights are to European destinations, growth is questionable outside of Europe as it is dependent upon leisure travel, those that are badly impacted by recessions and the value of the pound dropping against the Euro. Gatwick boasts of Norwegian Airlines growth but Moody, for 2017 has downgraded them, so where is Gatwick’s growth coming from

Did you know that the Civil Aviation Authority say 58% More Brits fly out of than foreigners fly in. [i] So that’s £ out of the UK not into the UK purse!

Impact on regional growth
Flying from a local airport, working close to your job reduces carbon emissions and so enables local prosperity and reduces the impact on climate change.

Southampton, Bournemouth airport, to name just two, could be badly impacted by Gatwick growth as airlines are enticed by low landing fees, resulting in a decline of regional airports forcing workers onto the roads to find jobs at other airports, so how does this help emissions, road congestion and climate change?

If Heathrow build a new runway and so does Gatwick what will happen to the northern powerhouse if climate change targets have to be reduced?

  • Southampton passenger numbers are expected to grow from 1.84 million in 2005 to 3.05 million per year by 2015, to 6 million per year in 2030.
  • Manchester Airport details 3m, July 2017 saw an increase in aircraft movements by 6% ,with more than 20,000 take offs and landings at the UK’s global gateway in the North. Cargo also increased last month with 12,059 tonnes carried, an increase of 21% which sees the annual tonnage rise to 120,513.
  • East Midlands Airport grew by 3.1% to serve 588,000 passengers in July and Bournemouth Airport grew 1.2% to 81,000.

“surface access is not their problem” says Gatwick, but it is for the communities, far and wide as well as local authorities lack of budgets as do the Government.

Recent monitoring tests have shown an area north of Gatwick exceeds the EU legal limit.

Whilst this is almost entirely due to road traffic it is very similar to the situation around Heathrow but without any alternative to take the cars/freight from the roads – and this is now – so it would seem deterioration of air quality is highly likely for taxpayers around Gatwick Airport so sound reasoning says it cant be allowed to grow.

CAGNE contact details:


Staying Safe Online

A message from Kathryn Brooks
West Sussex County Council

website Staying Safe Online FREE Workshop on Wednesday 27 November 2017

Join us for an informal tea party event with a presentation on ways in which older people can help keep themselves safe online, followed by Question & Answer session.
A marketplace of stalls will be onsite (in the Bill Buck room) for attendees to chat to stallholders such as WSCC Library Service e-resources, Community Safety and 02 Digital Gurus.

This event is aimed at:

  • Members of the public
  • Community/voluntary sector – community and special interest groups
  • Volunteers / Carers

The presentation will include basics of staying safe online, online risks and threats as well as some of the current common scams.
Tea and cakes will be available for all attendees visiting the Marketplace

Date and Time
Mon 27 November 2017
14:00 – 16:00 GMT

Longley Room
Crawley Library
Southgate Avenue
RH10 6HG

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


Worth Park Woodland Day

A message from Edwina Livesey

Worth Park Garden – Whats On – 15th October 2017

Dear resident,

The star attraction of Worth Park at this time of year is our wonderful trees, which are now starting to glow in their new autumn colours and shed their lovely crunchy leaves.

If you haven’t been along to the park for a while why not come along on the 26th October, and enjoy them on our final ‘health walk’ for the year. Everyone is welcome and there is no need to book – just show up at the park entrance at 10.30am. Tea and coffee is served afterwards in our visitor centre. Nuffield Health have promised to show up and reward participants with a free one-day gym pass which is definitely an added incentive!

Our main event for this month is our annual woodland day, which this year will include woodland storytelling, spring bulb planting, a guided tree walk, woodland art, measuring challenges, a tree trail, wildlife spotter sheets and homemade soup. Everything is free apart from a small charge for refreshments, and no need to book. A poster is attached.

The lovely image on the poster is by local resident Emma Stratton-Twine and was recently posted on our facebook page – thank you Emma. It’s always a huge pleasure to see photos taken by residents who perfectly capture a beautiful moment at the park and everyone is welcome to post on our page. Do feel free to add any images you feel other residents would enjoy – the link is below.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused by our contractors being on site at the moment – we are doing investigations into our dam at the lake as well as making some welcome path improvements. The works should be over in a few days.

Finally I hate to mention C—–m-s but it’s on its way so let’s enjoy it! Christmas in the Trees on Sunday 17th December – definitely a date for the diary.

Thank you as always for your support for Worth Park.

Best wishes


phone 01293 438027
phone 07826 917846
Participation Officer – Worth Park
Crawley Borough Council
Town Hall, The Boulevard
Crawley, RH10 1UZ

Facebook worthparkcrawley

Worth Park – A Unique Victorian Garden and Landscape

Traveller Site Proposal – Copthorne Village Association

This message forwarded on behalf of Copthorne Village Association in regards to the Traveller Site Proposal

Success for the CVA!

We’re delighted to let you know that Mid Sussex District Council’s Development Manager has now agreed with the representations first made by the CVA on 31st August, that the Old Hollow application should never have been validated as there had been no community engagement.

This means the application can’t now proceed unless a proper community engagement exercise is undertaken.

Extract from the letter sent to the applicant:

Copthorne Village Association
Supporting a Sustainable Future for your Village
Email: email
Website: website
Facebook: Facebook Copthorne Village Association
Post: The CVA, c/o Copthorne Bank Post Office, 6 Copthorne Bank, Copthorne RH10 3QX

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WSCC – Health and Wellbeing Market Place Event

A message from Kathryn Brooks
West Sussex County Council

Health and Wellbeing Market Place Event on Wednesday 18 October 2017

For info please email email

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