Funding Help For For Local Causes
Deadline For Grant Applications 16 March
Gatwick Airport Community Trust (GACT) can help your local community group to make 2020 a year to remember!
If you know of a local project that could do with some financial support, go to www.gact.org.uk.
Check to see if the project is eligible and if it falls within the Trust’s area of benefit, download the application form and send it to the address on the form.
Now in its 19th year, this independent charity has helped change many local lives and improved a wide range of community facilities across the area of benefit in parts of East and West Sussex, Surrey and Kent. During that time hundreds of projects in local communities around Gatwick Airport have benefitted from funds.
The Trust is keen to support schemes that benefit diverse sections of the local community and are targeted towards the development of young people, the arts, sporting facilities, environmental improvement and conservation, improvements to community facilities, volunteering, the elderly and the disabled.
Grant applications are assessed by a board of nine volunteer trustees who all bring local knowledge and expertise to the Trust ensuring that the money is used to the maximum benefit of the local community.
A map of the area of benefit can be viewed at www.gact.org.uk/area.php together with a full list of towns and villages in the area.
Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign
Newsletter 16th January 2020
Gatwick’s Big Enough campaign update
In August 2019 GACC established the Gatwick’s Big Enough campaign to oppose the expansion plans set out in Gatwick’s master plan. GACC is leading the campaign working alongside community groups from around the airport.
To date we have:
- Engaged with all the key stakeholders including MPs, councils, the Department for Transport, the Planning Inspectorate and the airport itself
- Briefed MPs and councils on the likely consequences of Gatwick’s plans and on the significant gaps in the arrangements for approving or rejecting those plans
- Presented at Gatwick’s Consultative Committee, GATCOM Commissioned legal advice on the best way to oppose Gatwick’s proposed main runway growth, which is not currently within the scope of the ongoing planning process
- Worked with local groups to launch fund raising campaigns
- Arranged and attended a number of awareness raising events in local communities.
A significant focus of our work to date has been to try to ensure that all Gatwick’s growth is subject to a rigorous, independent, planning process in which all parties can have a voice. Currently 60% of growth proposed by Gatwick would be from more intensive use of its main runway, which is not covered by the planning process. We believe that growth without scrutiny is unacceptable, against government policy and inconsistent with the law.
See GACC newsletter (link above) for further details.
For more information about Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign
Alternatively contact directly
John Byng 01293 537234
Peter Barclay 01293 862821
Three Bridges Station – Loss of right hand turn out of the station
Crawley Borough Council, in partnership with Govia Thameslink Railway, Network Rail and West Sussex County Council, has updated proposals to improve access to the site around Three Bridges Station.
Unfortunately, to realise station improvements the current proposal removes the right hand turn out of the station, with a suggestion that people wishing to go eastward should head down to the square-about in order to change direction.
A local resident has started an e-Petition on the Crawley Borough Councils website to encourage the developers to reconsider this aspect of the proposal.
Wording of the e-Petition
We the undersigned petition the council to commence a further consultation on this issue, including viable options for the retention of the right turn out of the station forecourt, and ensuring that the consultation period lasts for a sufficient period of time and is adequately publicised in order to ensure that all key stakeholders are able to participate fully.
We wish to register our concerns at the implications of the loss of the right turn out of Three Bridges Station proposed as part of the re-design proposals which have recently been the subject of consultation by Crawley Borough Council, due to the negative effects we believe this will have on local residents. We also wish to express our concern about the short timeframe in which the consultation took place, and the level of publicity afforded to ensuring that all interested parties were able to have their say effectively
Please ensure you use this link to leave any feedback –
e-Petition on the Crawley Borough Councils Website
A message from Kathryn Brooks
West Sussex County Council
These are public drop-in sessions where you can access information and advice on a range of topics by dropping in to a community venue to speak face-to-face to a variety of different workers. These take place in a range of locations across the county.
This advice could be for you, a family member or even a neighbour. We want to support you to access and better understand the services and support that your local community has to offer.
There will also be nurses from the Prevention and Assessment Team who will be offering blood pressure checks, pulse recording and health promotion advice.
Your local venue –
Crawley Library (Ground Floor)
11.00am – 1.00pm
Starting on 07 January 2020
Kath Brooks | Partnership Officer – Crawley
Partnerships and Communities Team
Communities and Public Protection
West Sussex County Council
County Hall North, Chart Way, Horsham, RH12 1XH
Internal: 25397 | External: 0330 222 5397 |Mobile: 07702 511693