Crawley Observer – Gatwick Airport

Airport Expansion Bids
Runway: ‘Further Delays’
27th January 2016 – Crawley Observer

By Observer Reporter

Transport Secretary Patrick Mcloughlin

Transport Secretary Patrick Mcloughlin

A final decision on a new runway for the South East of England could be further delayed by the referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU, Transport Secretary Patrick Mcloughlin has hinted.

Mr Mcloughlin said he hoped the Government would finally make its choice between expansion at Heathrow or Gatwick by the summer, but added that the referendum was one of a number of issues competing for ministers’ attention in the months ahead.

Speaking to LBC radio, the Transport Secretary denied that last year’s postponement of the runway decision was designed to delay the contentious verdict until after the election of the new London mayor in May.

Asked when the issue would finally be resolved, Mr Mcloughlin said: “I hope later this year. We have said we would hope to move some way by the summer of this year.” But he added: “There’s lots of other things which are going on in the political spectrum – if there’s a referendum this summer, and the like.

“But I would hope by the summer of this year we will be able to make progress.” A decision on a possible third runway at Heathrow was deferred last month after ministers decided more work was needed on its impact on air quality, noise and carbon emissions.

Mr Mcloughlin insisted that the upcoming mayoral election “didn’t have any bearing” on the decision, pointing out that ministers had known of Conservative candidate Zac Goldsmith’s opposition to a third runway for some time.

Crawley Clinical Commissioning Group – Newsletter

Crawley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)
Newsletter- Winter 2015 – 16 Newsletter

Crawley Newsletter Winter 2015

You can even join the conversation and share your thoughts and experiences of local care and services direct with us.

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Engagement Team, Crawley CCG,
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Crawley Hospital,
West Green Drive,
RH11 7DH

Worth Park Gardens Big Garden Birdwatch

A message from Edwina Livesey

Dear Resident

Would you like to learn more about how to identify birds? Would you like to help the RSPB with bird conservation? Why not come and join us for an hour in beautiful Worth Park on Sunday 31st January and help us to record all the birds that live there.

Birds spotted recently include three cormorants, kingfishers, tree creepers and a heron. Your results will go on a national database.

We’ll be meeting in the formal gardens at 10.30am where tea and coffee will be available. The Big Garden Birdwatch lasts for one hour. Later, why not use your new skills to do your own Big Garden Birdwatch in your back garden?

The event is free – no need to book.

Everyone welcome, we hope to see you there!


More information here website…/birdwatch/

Big Garden Bird Watch

Visit website for up-to-date details.

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

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Worth Park – A Unique Victorian Garden and Landscape

Gatwick Airport – Crawley Observer

Campaigners criticise response to ‘increased threat’ of second runway
Leader challenged on second runway plan
20th January 2016 – Crawley Observer

By Joshua Powling

The county council’s leader has been challenged on her ‘obligation’ to promote the authority’s policy of opposition to a second runway at Gatwick.

West Sussex County Council voted by a majority of 37 to 26 to oppose expansion at the airport in January 2015, but campaigners have criticised Louise Goldsmith for a lack of public response over both revisions to flight paths and the ‘increased threat’ of another runway at Gatwick.

But Mrs Goldsmith said they ere planning for whatever decision was made by the Government on a new runway at either Heathrow or Gatwick and the council was aware of concerns expressed by residents.

In its letter to Mrs Goldsmith, Communities Against Gatwick Noise and Emissions (CAGNE) said that following WSCC’s decision on a second runway Mrs Goldsmith was ‘obliged to actively to actively promote and further at all times’ the policy.

Sally Pavey, chair of CAGNE, said: “Your lack of action in the public domain, or even replying to the issues residents are raising now concerning concentrated flight paths and the returned threat of a second runway is noticeable.”

The letter also said the group was aware that Mrs Goldsmith’s personal view was that Gatwick should be expanded, and felt that her membership of the Gatwick Diamond Initiative, as a representative of the county council, was an’apparent conflict of interest’.

But Mrs Goldsmith said county councillors were well aware of concerns that residents have raised about the potential implications of another runway at Gatwick and what it might mean for West Sussex, and these had formed a key part of their debate last year.

She said: “The decision whether to have a second runway at Gatwick Airport is not West Sussex County Council’s to make. It is out of our hands. Even so, we are planning now for whatever the decision is.

“The county council, in line with its strategic role and responsibilities, is working with others on potential future infrastructure needs. The work considers the potential impact of a second runway.

“If there is a second runway at Gatwick Airport, we need to consider how best to mitigate the effects on local communities and the environment. This includes the effects on air quality and how that might affect people.

“We have to consider how to provide the infrastructure and services needed for more jobs, housing, business opportunities, homes, traffic and transport.

Crawley Urgent Treatment Centre – Information Pack

A message from Agnieszka Tworkowska

Dear All,

Transforming Crawley Urgent Treatment Centre.

Following the recent successful Open Day event that took place on Friday the 11th December, I would like to encourage all to visit our website where you can participate in our virtual tour, giving you an opportunity to see the proposed new design for the Crawley Urgent Treatment Centre. (UTC).


Please also see below our Information Pack through which we hope to address some of the Frequently Asked Questions relating to the UTC.

UTC Info Pack 2015

The plans, subject to final approval, include refurbishment of the Urgent Treatment Centre, an extended Clinical Assessment Unit, an expanded area for treating children and a larger reception area to ensure the best possible experience for local patients. As you may be aware this redevelopment is a response to patient engagement, bringing more services into Crawley under one roof, and ensuring more services are available closer to home.

On this note I would like to inform you that further opportunities for engagement will be promoted over the upcoming period. Your involvement would help us to ensure user-friendly colour schemes, flooring and facilities that still need to be chosen.

Please visit our Facebook page Facebook NHSCrawleyCCG where you can see pictures from the event. We will soon be uploading pictures showing the new design of the Crawley UTC and the new Ward at Crawley Hospital.

Kind regards

Agnieszka Tworkowska
phone 01293 600300 ext. 3965

Engagement Officer
Crawley & Horsham and Mid Sussex CCGs
Lower Ground Floor Crawley Hospital
West Green Drive
Crawley, RH11 7DH

Gatwick Airport – Crawley News

New online tool helps residents track overhead aircraft noise
Interactive tool used in Netherlands
6th January 2016 – Crawley News



Making a Noise: People living close to Gatwick Airport can now monitor the amount of noise where they live

Chris Ballinger

Gatwick Airport has launched an online tool so residents can monitor the amount of aircraft noise where they live.

Gatwick’s “noise lab” is a website providing up-to-date information about the number of flights heading over people’s homes.

This interactive map has been modelled on a similar tool introduced by Schiphol Airport, in Amsterdam – the first of its kind in the world.

It uses live data from a network of on-the-ground noise monitors. The aim is to give residents a clearer picture of flightpath trends and will lead to the development of longer-term noise mitigation measures.

Tom Denton, Gatwick’s head of corporate responsibility, said: “This noise lab provides up-todate flight tracking information which will help us to more accurately monitor concerns and, in time, consider options for further noise mitigation measures.

“We recognise aircraft noise is a real problem for some people and we are determined to do what we can to minimise the amount we generate and mitigate against its effects.


“This lab is just one of a number of measures we’re introducing, to better understand people’s concerns.”

The new tool was developed with input from council environmental health officers and GATCOM – Gatwick ’s consultative committee.

Other UK airports have introduced flight trackers but these have a 24-hour delay and do not provide as detailed information on aircraft movements.

The measures Gatwick is pursuing to reduce aircraft noise include offering airlines an incentive to use quieter planes by charging them less.

The airport is also employing a continuous descent approach, so aircraft use less thrust by gliding and descending at a continuous rate – generating less noise.

Last year Gatwick spent £2.35 million on a noise insulation scheme with 730 households signing up to receive £3,600 worth of insulation.

The noise lab can be viewed online at website

Do you think this is a good idea? E-mail your views to email

Gatwick Airport – Crawley Observer

Aircraft Noise Monitoring Tool Launched
6th January 2016 – Crawley Observer


Gatwick Airport has launched an on-line tool which provides information on aircraft noise.


A spokesman said the community noise lab’ was the first to be developed in the UK’ Tom Denton, Gatwick’s head of corporate responsibility, said: “This noise lab provides up-to-date flight tracking information which will help us to more accurately monitor concerns and, in time, consider options for further noise mitigation measures.

“We recognise aircraft noise is a real problem for some people and we are determined to do what we can to minimise the amount we generate and mitigate against its effects.

This lab is just one of a number of measures we’re introducing, to better understand people’s concerns.’ A spokesman for the airport said the new tool was developed with input from local council environmental health officers and GATCOM (Gatwick’s Consultative Committee).

Unlike other airports’ flight trackers, Gatwick’s website provided more detail and did not have a 24 hour delay. It used live data from a network of on-the-ground noise monitors to produce community noise reports.

The spokesman added Gatwick was pursuing measures to reduce aircraft noise including: incentivising airlines by charging them less to use quieter aircraft -‘almost all (99 per cent) of the aircraft currently using Gatwick are among the quietest types in operation, and employing a continuous descent approach, so aircraft use less thrust by gliding and descending at a continuous rate – generating significantly less noise’.

The’noise lab’ was developed by Casper, an IT company specialising in the development of real-time location-based monitoring and analysis tools and can be viewed here:


GACC Newsletter 104

Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign
Newsletter 9th January 2016

GACC Newsletter 09-01-2016

For more information about Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign
phone 01293 863369

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

Useful Information – Crawley Borough Council

Abandoned Shopping Trolleys


The following information – taken from Crawley Borough Council’s webpage outlines the best and quickest way to get shopping trolleys removed.

Trolleywise are a professional trolley retrieval service who have been appointed to pick up trolleys in Crawley on behalf of: Tesco, Asda, Sainsburys

To report an abandoned trolley from one of these retailers you can email email Trolleywise directly or call Free phone phone 0800 3161241 stating the location of the trolley.

You could also download the free Trolleywise App this is available for iphone or Android devices.

This app enables people to report an abandoned supermarket trolley cluttering up a street or road by taking a photo and then GPS signal will give its exact location.

Please be careful out there – photographs of abandoned trolleys should only be taken if it is safe and legal to do so.

If an abandoned trolley is not from Tesco, Asda or Sainsbury’s please report it to the store directly:

B&Q phone 01293 611651
Co-op phone 01293 552624
Homebase phone 03456 407087
Iceland phone 01633 892392
Lidl phone 0870 4441234
Marks and Spencer phone 01293 549061
Matalan phone 0845 3303330
Morrisons phone 01293 831649
Wilko phone 01293 515593

Online Reporting
Just a reminder that there are various online reporting links to help you report problems in the public realm, such as fly-tipping, litter, overgrown shrub beds, tree problems, abandoned shopping trolleys etc.

This link is useful for reporting problems: website

This is the quickest way to get a problem reported and is likely to get resolved fastest too – simply because it will end up with the correct person, ready to deal with the issue straight-away.

Crawley Borough Council
Town Hall
The Boulevard
West Sussex
RH10 1UZ

phone tel (01293) 438000
fax fax (01293) 511803