Worth Park Gardens – Crawley Observer

Fun Day marks a historic chapter in the rebirth of popular town park
Event is held to celebrate Worth Park Development
22nd July 2015 – Crawley Observer
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Worth Park was a picture of Victorian times on Sunday (July 19) as families came to celebrate a milestone in the multi-million pound restoration project there.

The five-year programme to restore the park and gardens in Pound Hill to their former glory is ongoing.

The fun day marked the switching on the Pulham Fountain for first time in decades. The work is funded by €£2.4 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund.

The gardens and park were once only used for private use as part of the grounds of Worth Park Estate.

Crawley Mayor Cllr Chris Cheshire, who switched on the fountain, said: “It was 137 years when they first switched on the fountain for 1,000 guests.

“Now it’s been restored with the gardens for the pleasure of everybody in Crawley.

“Nobody really knew how beautiful it was and specialist restoration experts in horticulture and architecture have done everything to replace all that was there.

“It was a great privilege to do it on behalf of Crawley.”

Stuart Mcleod, head of HLF South East, said: “We’re delighted to celebrate the opening of this beautiful park, which has been made possible not only by the investment of National Lottery players’ money but also the hard work and passion of staff, volunteers and the local community.

“This project, and indeed this celebration even to offers a fascinating insight into Crawley’s natural and Victorian heritage. We’re proud to play a funding role.”

History of Worth Park
Worth Park, formerly known as Milton Mount Gardens, covers eight hectares and once formed part of the Forest of Worth.

The estate was bought by Sir Joseph Montefiore in 1850 and the house and garden were later remodelled by his son Francis Abraham Montefiore.

The park was turned into a late Victorian pleasure garden and landscape, constructed by James Pulham and Son who also designed features for Buckingham Palace and Sandringham House gardens.

In 1915 the estate was broken up and sold. The house and gardens were bought by a Gravesend Boarding school in 1920 and became known as Milton Mount College.

In 1963 Crawley Borough Council took ownership of the house and gardens. The house was subsequently demolished and the flats which exist today were built, but the gardens and fountain became neglected.
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The Camelia Walk and formal gardens at Worth Park

Park’s Victorian gems

Thousands celebrate progress of £3.3m refurbishment
22th July 2015 – Crawley News


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A CHANCE visit to one of Crawley’s parks following an instance of vandalism led to the restoration of an incredible piece of the town’s history which was celebrated by up to 2,000 people on Sunday.

Huge crowds flocked to Worth Park, many of them wearing Victorian outfits, to take part in games and play on rides typical of that era to celebrate the progress of the park’s £3.3 million refurbishment which began in 2013.

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Spectacular turnout : Up to 2,000 people are believed to have attended the picnic

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Historic Moment : The fountain was turned on permanently for the first time in decades

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Choir Attire : A Victorian choir performs for the crowds

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Bathed in History : People dressed up in Victorian outfits, including bathing costumes

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Making up her own rules : A youngster enjoys the Croquet lawn, but not as intended

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Concentration : The Croquet lawn proved hugely popular

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I kid you not : there were as many children as there were adults at the picnic

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Celebration : The hard work of all those who made the restoration and the event possible was applauded

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No quarter given : a barbershop quartet gave it their all with performances in the park

Crawley Croquet Club were busy throughout the event, in the park off Milton Mount Avenue. Pound Hill, with visitors eager to have a go at the Victorian sport on the croquet lawn.

Many brought their own picnics to sit on the grass, turning what has often been regarded as a hidden gem into one of the most popular public spaces in the town.

Anne Jenkinson, secretary of Worth Park Friends and of Crawley Croquet Club, hopes the park’s new found popularity will continue.

The resident of Home Close, Pound Hill said: “Worth Park is difficult to find; even the people who live in Pound Hill sometimes struggle, but it was absolutely packed on Sunday “We were so busy on the croquet lawn I had a job to eat my lunch. It was a fantastic day and we hope it will continue to be as popular.”

Sally Blake was a councillor for Pound Hill North in 2004 when she went to the park to investigate some criminal damage to Camellia Walk.

She invited then Pound Hill South and Worth councillor Claire Denman, who is a keen local historian, to join her.

It was after seeing the fountain, which was turned on officially for the first time in decades at Sunday’s celebration, and other features that Mrs Denman realised the park’s historical significance, after having carried out some research.

That led to a bid for Lottery money and the eventual start of the project.

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Mrs Blake, who stepped down from the council in May said: “You could put it all down to Claire Denman and her knowledge of local history I was a bit of a bystander really so she deserves a lot of the credit.

“Sunday was really wonderful. There has been two or three years’ work so far and there have been some difficulties along the way, with the fountain flooding in the storm (around Christmas 2012).”

The project will run for about another 18 months but all that is left is the remainder of the landscaping, which will be coordinated by head gardener Sam Worsey The hard-standing features have been restored, which is why the celebration event took place now. There was a Victorian roundabout and swing boats set up, and a photographer was there with a working box camera to take pictures of the event.

There was an archaeological talk based on what had been uncovered during the restoration project, and an exhibition of old photos from Worth Park was on display While Mrs Denman, who has since moved to Pulborough, did not attend Sunday’s event, she was delighted to hear of the progress being made at the park.

She said: “I look back and remember what it was like when I first saw it in 2004. “It was like the bones of a beautiful woman; like when you see an old film star and see there was once great beauty there. “The fact it doesn’t come across as a museum now is wonderful. It’s a living, breathing park which is to be enjoyed.”

Gatwick Airport – Crawley Observer

Gatwick has busiest ever June
15th July 2015 – Crawley Observer
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Gatwick Aiport has announced its 28th consecutive month of traffic growth with its busiest ever June.

Some 3.8 million passengers travelled through the airport, a 5 per cent increase on the previous year.

Destinations contributing to the growth included North Atlantic routes (14.3 per cent) and USA routes (20.6 per cent). This was largely driven by Norwegian’s low cost long-haul routes.

An additional 184,000 passengers travelled through London Gatwick in June compared to the same month in 2014.

Passenger growth was the result of more air traffic movements per hour and larger aircraft being used on average across the airlines.

Gatwick CEO Stewart Wingate said: “The growth of our transatlantic routes, which from May will include Boston, is the latest demonstration of the way the industry is moving – with a new generation of carriers and aircraft fuelling the low cost long-haul revolution.

“We will continue to engage actively with government at all levels to show why Gatwick expansion is the only means by which we can sustain the low cost revolution that has driven aviation growth over the last two decades, and the only choice which can actually deliver the aviation capacity that the UK desperately needs.”

Gatwick Airport is the UK’s second largest airport. It serves more than 200 destinations in 90 countries

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Worth Park Gardens – Crawley Observer

Victorian picnic to be held for Crawley park launch
15th July 2015 – Crawley Observer
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By Emily Turner
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The Camelia Walk and formal gardens at Worth Park

A Victorian picnic will be held to celebrate the launch of Worth Park in Pound Hill, Crawley on Sunday, July 19 from 11am.

Crawley Borough Council are inviting people to bring along a picnic to this free fun day.

Visitors can listen to live music from the Milton Mount Community Choir and 4Tune Seekers barber shop quarter, as well as take part in Victorian sports and crafts.

There will also be hands-on archaeology activities, a tour by the Head Gardener and the opportunity to learn Victorian photographic techniques with the chance to have your picture taken.

At 2pm, the huge Pulham fountain will be switched on by the Mayor of Crawley, Cllr Chris Cheshire.

This will be the first time the fountain will be operational in decades since its restoration as part of the park’s multimillion pound regeneration programme financed by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund.

Stuart McLeod, head of Heritage Lottery Fund South East, said: “We’re delighted to celebrate the opening of this beautiful park, which has been made possible not only by the investment of National Lottery players’ money but also the hard work and passion of staff, volunteers and the local community.”

“This project, and indeed this celebration event, offers a fascinating insight into Crawley’s natural and Victorian heritage – we’re proud to play a funding role.”

Gatwick Airport – Crawley News

‘Flawed’ report row over second runway
15th July 2015 – Crawley News


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Gatwick bosses are going to write to the Prime Minister to express concern at the “flawed” report into airport expansion in the South East.

Sir Roy McNulty chair of the Gatwick Airport board, yesterday (Tuesday) outlined the airport’s response to the Airports Commission’s final report.

Sir Roy has argued there are shortcomings in the recommendations due to both Gatwick’s strengths and the challenges Heathrow would face being underplayed.

Among the issues raised are passenger numbers, benefits to passengers, noise, air quality and deliverability Sir Roy has said the report under-forecasts traffic at Gatwick because although the commission estimates 40 million passengers will be met in 2024, the airport predicts this will be reached this year.

It is also argued the noise impacts between the airports has been glossed over.

Gatwick do not believe enough emphasis has been given to the 320,000 people “newly affected” by Heathrow expansion compared to 18,000 at Gatwick.

The airport also believes the commission has not taken into account Heathrow already breaching legal limits of air quality while Gatwick would “meet targets” with a second runway.

Sir Roy said: “Our view has always been that the assessments on which the commission’s conclusions are based must be thorough, balanced, fair and well evidenced.

“We believe that the commission’s report falls short of this standard in a number of very important respects.

‘As a result, the many strengths of Gatwick and the many challenges of Heathrow are underplayed, leading to a conclusion which we believe is flawed.

“The Airports Commission has made its recommendation and it is now for the Government to decide.

“We are confident they will choose Gatwick.”

Airport Update – Crawley Observer

Gatwick Airport: Special Report
8th July 2015 – Crawley Observer
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Ones Enough – Group pledges to fight ‘all the way’

Crawley-based pressure group One’s Enough takes issue with the report’s claim that Gatwick expansion is ‘feasible’.

“One’s Enough, alongside GACC and other like-minded organisations and thousands of people across the South East, will fight this recommendation all the way to ensure that the Government
does not eventually opt for Gatwick,’it said in a statement.

“As stated by the Commission, Gatwick is not easily accessible to a majority of the UK population, nor will it provide the greatest economic benefit to the whole country as required by the Government in their brief to the Airports Commission.”

It said Gatwick should be ruled out, since its only major transport links are the London to Brighton railway line and the M23, which only connects to the heavily congested M25.

The need to accommodate more than 96 million passengers, mostly travelling by public transport, it said, was a’catastrophic hole’ in Gatwick’s case.

“The GAL business case is undermined by all the major international airlines not wanting to move away from Heathrow due to their operational models. Without investment in Heathrow, BA
threaten to move its main operation base to Spain.

‘Also Easyjet, Gatwick’s biggest customer, states that it will move away from Gatwick due to an unacceptable increase in landing fees, should a second runway be built.”

MP Respond – MPs say Gatwick case is ‘inadequate’

The Gatwick Co-ordination Group – a group of MPs which includes Crawley’s Henry Smith – has called for the Prime Minster to accept the report’s recommendation.

“The commission was faced with a choice between a strong business case for Heathrow and an economically weak and practically inadequate case for Gatwick a choice between around £100 billion greater national economic benefit and four times more new jobs spread across the UK flowing from Heathrow versus Gatwick which lacks resilient surface transport infrastructure and any
available local labour force to staff the airport,” it said in a statement.

“Unsurprising, the commission has found in favour of Heathrow, as a strongly unanimously preferred option as the significantly better option for Britain.

“The report clearly shows that Heathrow can expand whilst meeting the key economic, infrastructure and environmental tests.”

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Campaigners on both sides believe Gatwick expansion could still happen
8th July 2015 – Crawley Observer
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By Tim Harris
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Special Report – the Airports Commission announced last week that it was unanimously in favour of expanding Heathrow, but still left the door open for Gatwick to get a new runway. Tim Harris looks at what this means for the airport’s future plans.

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An image showing Gatwick with its proposed second runway

For once, those for and against a new runway at Gatwick might be able to agree on something – the battle is not over.

At first glance, the Airports Commission report leaves little room for manoeuvre. saying that a new Heathrow runway ‘presents the strongest case and offers the greatest strategic and economic benefits – providing around 40 new destinations from the airport and more than 70,000 new jobs by 2050′.

Heathrow, it says, is already the UK’s main air freight hub, and can provide a better long haul destination’ essential if, as the commission expects, the world economy continues its
‘eastward shift’.

It adds: “The Gatwick scheme is feasible, but the additional capacity would be more focused on short-haul intra-European routes and the economic benefits considerably smaller.”

Yet, within minutes of the report being published, Gatwick CEO Stewart Wingate announced that he still had confidence that his airport would ultimately win out.

“Gatwick is still very much in the race,” he said. ‘The commission’s report makes clear that expansion at Gatwick is deliverable.

“It is for the commission to make a recommendation but it is of course for the Government to decide. So we now enter the most important stage of the process.

‘We are confident that when the Government makes that decision they will choose Gatwick as the only deliverable option.”

Though the report was good news for Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign (GACC), a statement from the group said they were relieved but not rejoicing. Partly, they said, because of what Heathrow’s neighbours might have to endure, but partly because the final decision had not yet been made.

“GACC, and all the protest groups around Gatwick, will be studying the report carefully and will remain on guard in case there is pressure to reverse the recommendation,” it said.

So why, after thc commission showed a clear preference for Heathrow, is there any uncertainty?

The Government, which will make the final decision, has good reason not to choose Heathrow, with a number of top Tories – including Prime Minister David Cameron – having previously pledged to veto any Heathrow expansion.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson and his potential successor Zac Goldsmith, Chief Secretary to the Treasury Greg Hands, and cabinet members Justine Greening. Phillip Hammond, Theresa May, and Theresa Villiers, all have constituency seats close enough to be directly affected by Heathrow.

On the other hand, the Board of Airline Representatives in the UK (BAR UK) says the Heathrow plan has ‘widespread support’ from international airlines serving the UK. BAR UK chief executive Dale Keller said: “The Government now needs to evaluate the independent findings of the Airports Commission and to expediently act upon their recommendations.

“Now is the time for everyone, including politicians of all parties, to pull together in the national interest and support the bold plans to expand and improve airport infrastructure at Heathrow in order to maintain the UK’s position as Europe’s most important aviation hub.”

Crawley Borough Council said its priority was to make sure the town did not suffer as a result of the decision.

‘The council is calling on the Government to both make a prompt decision! and take steps to ensure any expansion at Heathrow does not result in a decline for other UK airport towns,”it said.

CAGNE (Communities against Gatwick Noise and Emissions) chair Sally Pavey, said: “Gatwick expansion was a non-starter from the word go. *The evidence clearly shows a second runway would be noisier for tens of thousands of local residents. Dirtier due to increased pollution and emission.

“Unforgiving on our local services and infrastructure. And would devastate the local environment, tranquil areas we have a duty to protect and cost the taxpayers of Sussex billions as Gatwick brings the least into the UK economy:”

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Gatwick Airport – Crawley Observer

Heathrow bid wins backing but Gatwick ‘still in the race,’ says airport boss
The battle is not over, expansion fight set to rumble on
Plan was a ‘non-starter’ say campaigners
8th July 2015 – Crawley Observer
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By Tim Harris
emailtim.harris@jpress.co.uk
phone 01403 751225

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An artist’s image of how Gatwick would look with its proposed runway

For once, those for and against a new runway at Gatwick might be able to agree on something – the battle is not over.

At first glance, the Airports Commission report leaves little room for manoeuvre, saying that a new Heathrow runway’presents the strongest case and offers the greatest strategic and economic benefits’.

Yet, within minutes of the report being published, Gatwick CEO Stewart Wingate said he’still had confidence that his airport would win out. “Gatwick is still very much in the race”, he said.

CAGNE (Communities against Gatwick Noise and Emissions) chair Sally Pavey, said: “Gatwick expansion was a non-starter from the word go.”

For the report and reactions, visit: website www.crawleyobserver.co.uk

Worth Park – Victorian Picnic

Worth Park A Unique Victorian Garden and Landscape
Victorian Picnic / Fountain Switch On
Sunday 19 July 11am – 4pm

Worth Park Victorian Picnic

Bring a picnic and help celebrate the launch of this wonderful Victorian park with a free fun day of live musical performances plus:

In our marquees
Family arts and crafts – make Victorian garlands!
Victorian photography demonstration and have your picture taken Hands-on archaeology Delicious cream teas

Sports and races
Recreation of Victorian sports and races – cricket, tri-golf, tennis, slow cycling, biscuit race, sack race, egg and spoon race and somersault race

Out and about
Park tours with our Head Gardener
Merry-go-round and swing boat rides – free rides for everyone wearing a Victorian costume!

Garden Games
Croquet

Don’t miss the highlight of the day – switching on of the huge Pulham fountain at 2pm

Further information please contact
phone Edwina Livesey on 01293 438027
email edwina.livesey@crawley.gov.uk

There is limited parking available so please walk, cycle, car share or use public transport where possible. Metrobus operates a service to the park via routes 4 and 5.


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Worth Park – Victorian Picnic and Park Launch

Join us on Sunday 19 July from 11am to celebrate the launch of this delightful Victorian park in Pound Hill.

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Bring your family along with a picnic to this free, traditional, fun day and enjoy the great entertainment we’ve arranged throughout the day in the grounds of this beautiful and historic park. And for those with a sweet tooth, there will also be delicious cream teas available for sale.

Listen to live music from the Milton Mount Community Choir and 4Tune Seekers barber shop quartet, take part in Victorian sports and crafts, hands-on archaeology, learn Victorian photographic techniques with the chance to have your picture taken or discover more of the park with a tour led by our Head Gardener.

You can even try your hand at the popular Victorian sport of croquet on the park’s specialist lawns or have a go on the swing-boats or merry-go-round with free rides for anyone wearing a Victorian costume!

Then at 2pm we’ll celebrate the park opening with the switching on of the huge Pulham fountain by the Mayor of Crawley, Councillor Chris Cheshire. This will be the first time the fountain will be operational in decades since its restoration as part of the park’s multi-million pound regeneration programme financed by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Big Lottery Fund.

Councillor Chris Mullins, Cabinet member for Wellbeing, said: “We’re very excited to mark the opening of Worth Park and I hope as many people as possible attend and enjoy the great entertainment in this lovely setting.

“The highlight of the day will undoubtedly be the switching on of the wonderful fountain.”

Stuart McLeod, Head of HLF South East, said: “We’re delighted to celebrate the opening of this beautiful park, which has been made possible not only by the investment of National Lottery players’ money but also the hard work and passion of staff, volunteers and the local community. This project, and indeed this celebration event, offers a fascinating insight into Crawley’s natural and Victorian heritage. We’re proud to play a funding role.”

For more information contact, Edwina Livesey
phone 01293 438027
phone 07826 917846
email edwina.livesey@crawley.gov.uk
Participation Officer – Worth Park
Crawley Borough Council
Town Hall, The Boulevard
Crawley, RH10 1UZ


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