Crawley Observer – Gatwick News

Airport rail links would destroy green belt
21st March 2018 – Crawley Observer

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

Should we be looking to speed more and more UK citizens out of the UK on low cost leisure breaks when our coastal regions are crying out for tourism and income and aviation is one of the most pollutants when it comes to carbon emissions and climate change?

The UK has some of the most picturesque landscape of this world and the south east has an abundance of heritage and areas of outstanding natural beauty so why should be seeking to blight more of the south east with a high speed rail link between Gatwick and Heathrow as detailed in your article by Joshua Powling [Crawley Observer – March 14, page-9]

Any new railway line is to be welcomed as it is hoped that it will remove many vehicles from our much congested road network, but the Airports Commission was set up by the Government to investigate aviation growth.

It looked at a rail link between Gatwick and Heathrow which was termed ‘Heathwick’, something favoured by the now Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.

The Commission found that the airlines did not welcome it due to point to point air travel which did not call for the transfer of passengers betriveen Heathrow and Gatwick.

The article by Joshua Powling needs to be viewed through tinted glasses as are we to encourage the destruction of green belt and countryside to boost the export of UK citizens overseas on low cost leisure travel that brings little into the UK pursel The amount of countryside, houses and businesses that would have to be destroyed by such a link would in our view be criminal.

Sussex, Surrey and Kent are already facing their current challenges of endeavouring to find land to build affordable houses so to suggest such a line can only be an added complication for more anti-campaigns to stop such madness.

Whilst we welcome the Government’s recent announcement to invest in the Croydon Windmill section of the Brighton Main Line railway, we have to hope that this will assist our coastal regions that are crying out of economic boosts through tourism.

We must not allow Gatwick to swallow up the freed up capacity these improvements will give to the Brighton Line but allow it to boost travel to our coastal regions and countryside and so help
the UK purse rather than encouraging mass export of citizens and in so doing reduce the impact aviation has on climate change.

Sally Pavey
Chair of CAGNE

CAGNE contact details:


Military Memories Tea Party

A message from Kathryn Brooks
West Sussex County Council

Military Memories Tea Party RAF Centenary Event
2.30pm to 4pm 5th April 2018
Crawley Library
Southgate Avenue
RH10 6HG

Military Memories Tea Party is a free event open to all RAF veterans, their families and anyone who has an interest in the RAF. The event will invite those who come, to talk about their military experience and celebrate the 100th anniversary of the RAF.

We have a limited number of spaces, if you’d like to come please contact us, mentioning whether anyone will accompany you, and if you have any access needs:

phone 0330 22 23883

By letter: West Sussex County Council, FAO Sally Manning, Parish & Town Councils and Local Governance Team, Room 237, County Hall, West Street, Chichester PO19 1RQ

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 Observer – Three Bridges Station

Warning over station road plans
28th February 2018 – Crawley Observer


By Staff Reporter
phone 01403 751200

Plans to redesign the road layout around Three Bridges would leave drivers facing a long detour if they want to go east, a taxi driver has warned.

Derek Kiernan, a taxi driver and a taxi drivers’ association committee member, told the Crawley Observer that he is keen to highlight an issue which could cause huge inconvenience to drivers, particularly taxi drivers and their passengers.

“One of the proposals is for no right turn from the station he said. *The proposal is that you leave Three Bridges station and go to the Paymaster General’s roundabout.

“The’re expecting us to drive for about a mile and a half diversion, and the public to pay for it. You can imagine the extra traffic, extra pollution

A previous public consultation suggested general support for the no right turn option. However, the report into the public comments acknowledged: “Some comments expressed concern over the impact the loss of the right hand turn would have on taxis as alternative routes would increase fares – participants felt that over the year these costs for season ticket holders would mean a lot.”

The proposals are still open for public comments via:

British Airways Run Gatwick

Information from Nicola Curran, British Airways Run Gatwick
04th March 2018

You may already know about our brand new community running event for the South East – the British Airways Run Gatwick International Half Marathon, 5K/Corporate 5K and Family Run taking place on Sunday 13th May 2018, starting and finishing in Crawley’s Southgate Park.

Runners will complete either a 13.1 mile or 5km route through stunning local scenery and youngsters and their families will be encouraged to participate and enjoy a 1 mile run in and around the centre of Crawley.

We are working closely with Crawley Borough Council and British Airways on delivering this new mass participation event for the area. For the last four years we have organised a very similar event in Reigate called Run Reigate which has been extremely successful and has raised so far over £700,000 for charities in Surrey and Sussex.

This year we are launching our Run Gatwick event in Crawley and it’s designed to get people active, boost local tourism and support many local charities.

For this event to work, we recruit around 300 volunteers (marshals/racemakers) and this is my reason for contacting you as we would the community to be involved .. We have quite a few roles to fill, ranging from marshals for the routes, team leaders, water, medal, and banana distributers and running the Information Tent.

All volunteers (aged 18 + will receive a free breakfast, a quality racemaker t-shirt and entry to 2019 Run Gatwick event)

Please see poster below

The link to sign up: website

If you would like anymore information please email or call me

Many thanks


Nicola Curran| Racemaker Coordinator
| British Airways Run Gatwick | Half Marathon, 5K, Corporate 5K and Family Run
| site: website

For further information please contact: –
phone 07771 636524
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