Crawley Observer – Radford Road

Outrage as ‘historic’ tree get the chop
22nd February 2017 – Crawley Observer


By James Oxenham
phone 01403 751200

Residents have spoken of their fury after ‘historic’ trees were felled in a Crawley road.

People living in Radford Road woke on Saturday, February 11, to find workmen ripping up trees on land behind the Parsons Pig pub.

Rita Fletcher, who lives in the road with her mother Mireya, believed the trees were 300 – 400 years old. She said: “It’s an absolute disaster. The neighbours are really cross. “My mother who is 96 years old is absolutely distraught about the whole thing. “It has completely transformed the view from our lounge window.”

Residents protest against the tree felling

Neighbour Jacquie Colad agreed” She said: “It is just unbelievable. They have just lifted the whole lot and it looks like a bomb has gone off.”

Chris Jenkins has lived in the area for more than 14 years. He said: “It is totally outrageous. It’s destroyed the visual amenity at the front of our house.”

Crawley MP Henry Smith was concerned by the felling and asked Crawley Borough Council to look into the matter.

He said: “It’s important to protect Crawley’s natural environment, particularly sections of ancient woodland.’

A council spokesman said none of the trees had protection orders.

The trees have been removed by Febo Designs as it looks to extend the pub. Alfredo Fornieles, of Febo Designs, said: The purpose of the clearance is to enhance and to provide a safe amenity space for members of the public enjoying the facilities of the pub.

“I believe six mature trees were felled. One ash, four oaks and a yew tree. The rest of the clearance relates to understory shrubs and vegetation.

“According to our arboriculturalist none of the felled trees were 400 years old. The yew tree, adjacent to the north side of the hotel building, had a live crown but also had extreme hardwood decay and hollowing which meant that the tree condition presented a foreseeable risk of failure.”

He added a planning application would be submitted for the extension and include a new tree planting scheme.

Crawley Observer – Gatwick News

Anti-Airport expansion group to hold meeting
15th February 2017 – Crawley Observer


By Staff Reporter
phone 01403 751200

Representatives from Gatwick Airport and the Civil Aviation Authority will be guest speakers at the AGM of a campaign group opposed to Gatwick Airport expansion.

Sally Pavey from CAGNE (Communities Against Gatwick Noise Emissions) said: “We hope that as many residents from West Sussex and Surrey attend as changes in airspace, that already – affect them and those proposed to make the sky more efficient offers little hope for communities around Gatwick.”

She added: “It is about time that residents were put first over aviation and airport profits and greater emphasis was placed on communities quality of life and health compared to exporting more people out of the UK on budget airlines when the price is too great to communities quality of life and health.”

The meeting will take place on March 3 at Warnham Village Hall. Doors open 2pm.

CAGNE contact details:


Crawley Observer – Worth Park Gardens

Awards highlights ‘conservation, restoration and good design’
Campaign ‘to preserve, improve and encourage the appreciation of the architectural and natural landscape’
15th February 2017 – Crawley Observer


By Staff Reporter
phone 01403 751200

Recognised as the most prestigious architectural and conservation programme in East and West Sussex and Brighton and Hove, the Sussex Heritage Trust Awards has launched its scheme for 2017.

Worth Park after the restoration, Photo by Ryan Wicks, courtesy of Sussex Heritage

Launched at UTC@Harbourside, Newhaven, on Thursday February 9, the Sussex Heritage Trust Awards called for entries from high quality conservation, restoration and good design of newly built projects.

The UTC@Hartourside was a 2016 winner in the Public and Community cat€gory one of the nine categories available to enter.

The 2016 Award judges said of the project: “An outstanding regeneration project of high architectural quality and local historical significance”.

Other 2016 winners ranged from the Brighton and Hove Progressive Synagogue in Hove to the former Chicheser District Museum renovated into apartments and a brand-new scheme for a primary school in Barns Gr€en.

It was said of the Barns Green award: ‘A brand-new primary school, to bring together two existing sites, to create five classroom space€s, a main hall, community room and school administrators facility.

‘The mass of the school was carefully considered to sit as comfortably and unobtrusively as possible within its semi-rural-setting, surrounded by two-storey housing.”

The judges said: “Beautifully designed school, in an elegant setting which fits well in its location. “The curved line of the extend wall gave a feeling of harmony, along with the open and spacious feeling inside the building.”

The 2017 awards launch event was sponsored by Harvey’s Brewery a longstanding supporter of the Sussex Heritage Trust Often ‘cited as ‘Sussex’s Brewing Heritage Harvey’s Brewery has been supplying beers, wines and spirits to the people of Sussex and its adjoining counties since the 18th century.

Sussex heritage trust chairman, Dr John Godfrey DL, told invited guests at the launch: “2017 marks an important year for the Sussex Heritage Trust, being the 40th anniversary of the Trust” which was founded in 1977.

‘With the help of Harvey’s Brewery we are delighted to again launch the Sussex Heritage Trust Awards, which highlights the important work of the Trust ‘to preserve, improve and encourage the appreciation of the architectural and natural landscape of Sussex.”

The winners of the 2017 Sussex Heritage Trust Awards will be announced on Thursday 6 July 2017 at 12.30pm at Pangdean Old Barn, London Road, Pyecombe and presented by the President of Sussex Heritage Trust” The Rt Hon Lord Egremont DL.

For more information or an entry pack contact the Sussex Heritage Trust office on phone 01243 576524 or email

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Sussex Heritage Trust is a registered charity established in 1977 to pneserve, improve and encourage the appreciation of the architectural and natural landscape of Sussex.

A wide variety of projects have received Awards over the years. For a full list of award winners in 2016 visit website

There are nine categories of Awards.
The winners receive a hand-crafted slate plaque to be attached to the building.
The judging team usually comprise a Sussex Heritage Trust Trustee, a professional in the appropriate field and a ‘lay person’ to ensure a balanced view.

Sponsors include: Gatwick Airport Ltd, Adams & Remers, Covers Timber & Builders Merchants, Expert Insurance Group, Harveys Brewery, Hanbury Properties, The lan Askew Charitable Trust, The Ernest Kleinwort Charitable Trust, Lawson Commercial, Parker Dann, Pilbeam Construction, The Hans & Marit Rausing Charitable Trust” R W Armstrong, Savills (UK) Limited Tilleys Stonemasons, Toovey’s Antique and Fine Art Auctioneers & Valuers, Proteus Packaging and the awards media partner Sussex Newspapers.

‘A challenging conservation project providing real benefit to the community’

Highly commended in last year’s Sussex Heritage Trust awards was Worth Park and Ridleys Court, Pound Hill, Crawley.

It was said of the commendation: “The gardens and former stables buildings underwent an extensive restoration after a successful Heritage lottery Fund bid. “Established in 1840 the
Montefiore Family had a large house built with gardens by James Pulham and Son.

“Elements of the garden are now listed and work was undertaken to restore key features after long-term neglect.”

The judges said:’A challenging conservation project done with love and care. ” A real benefit to the community, and a historic environment restored.’

Architect Kaner Olette Architects and Allen Scott Landscape

Wellbeing month at Crawley Library

Wellbeing Month

March is Wellbeing Month, where we support a variety of activities and talks that help make you healthier and happier. Around the county we will be hosting a large amount of events and in this newsletter we have details on all those in the Crawley and East Grinstead area.

All of our regular activities will also be taking place during Wellbeing Month, for further details check our website.

Wellbeing day for Carers & Cared For
Join us for a day of activities and information for carers and cared for. Meet people from over 20 organisations offering health checks, taster sessions and more. Free Hot drinks and hot food samples from Apetito will be provided. Carers must be 18+, but cared for may be of any age.

Transport can be booked in advance with Community Transport (phone 01444 227225) at a reduced rate of £3.50 for carers and £1.50 for cared for.

Crawley Library
Tuesday 14 March 2017

Day of Dance
Come along and enjoy a whole day of dance. It starts with a demonstration & taster session from Sam Bloom who teaches Jazz dancing. Then in the afternoon there will be further performances and sessions from Louise Ryrie, who teaches ballet and Deb Rolfe who teaches Belly dancing.
All ages welcome and they are all free.

Crawley Library
Saturday 18 March 2017
Performances starting times (taster sessions will run after):
Jazz: 11am
Ballet: 1.30pm
Belly Dancing: 2.30pm

Yoga: Talk & Taster Session
On the last Saturday of the month we are hosting an introductory talk and taster session of “Loose Yoga”. Learn more about this gentle activity which you can adapt to your own speed and level of comfort. It’s free and there’s no need to book.

Crawley Library
Saturday 25 March 2017

Lunchtime Talk: A Drinker’s Tale
Carrying on our free series of talks we have Julian Kirkman-Page a man who quit alcohol after 40 years of drinking having developed type-2 diabetes, high blood pressure and gout. He has now written two books “I Don’t Drink” and “One Less for the Road” and will talk about how alcohol had taken over his life and the reality of quitting drinking.

Crawley Library
Wednesday 29 March 2017
1.10pm – 1.50pm

Crawley Library
Southgate Avenue
RH10 6HG
phone 01293 651751



East Crawley County Local Committee

Meet your local county councillors

On Wednesday 1st March 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: –

  • Participate in ‘talk with us’ public question time
  • Allocation of Community Initiative Funding

For further information and an agenda please contact: –
phone 03302 222527
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Worth Park – Worth Park Events

A message from Edwina Livesey

Worth Park Garden – Whats On – 6th February 2017

Dear all,

With all the mild weather we are having and lovely clear sunshine it’s the perfect time for a walk in beautiful Worth Park.

And thanks to our trained guided walks leaders and our themed Worth Park Wanders programme we can all enjoy doing this together on the second Thursday of every month – with coffee and biscuits afterwards!

Our first walk of the year is this Thursday, February 9th, meeting at Ridleys Court at 10.30am, when we’ll be looking out for some of the hundreds of snowdrops planted by our volunteers over the last four years.

And for those wanting that extra challenge as part of their fitness regime we are also organising longer, faster fitness walks on the fourth Thursday of every month as well.

These will take us through Worth Park and into different spaces nearby including the lovely Gatwick Stream. The meeting time is the same and they last for about an hour and a half.

All the walks are free and there is no need to book. It’s a great chance to relax, meet new people, get that bit fitter and catch up with friends.

We look forward to welcoming you to Worth Park.

Best wishes

Edwina Livesey

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

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