Gatwick Airport – Crawley Observer

Air Quality Fears over Expansion
19th February 2020 – Crawley Observer

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Plans for the expansion of Gatwick Airport have led to increased fears of a decline in air quality.

That’s according to the campaign group Communities Against Gatwick Noise and Emissions – CAGNE. They say that results of a survey carried out last autumn show that a decline in air quality was the top concern among people questioned.

Other concerns included increased rail and traffic congestion in the area, increase aircraft noise and more pressure on building on green spaces

The results also showed that 62 per cent of those surveyed said they did not support Gatwick bringing its current emergency runway into full-time regular use.

Other results, say CAGNE, showed that night flights are disliked, with more than 67 per cent of those questioned stating that night flights should be banned from 11.30pm till 6am.

The sixth CAGNE annual meeting is to be held on February 26 at the Copthorne Hotel, Copthorne Way, Copthorne at 7pm.

Drug Seizures – Crawley Observer

Seven People Arrested After Police Seize Drugs Worth More than £1m
19th February 2020 – Crawley Observer


By Sarah Page
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More than 1,400 cannabis plants worth around £1.2 million were seized by police when they raided 10 properties in Crawley as part of a major drugs swoop.

Seven people have been arrested and police say that Immigration Enforcement officials are currently investigating their status in the UK.

Four other people found at two of the Crawley addresses have been referred to specialist support services as potential victims of modern slavery, say police.

Cannabis Plants

Officers say that two other men, aged 31 and 32, from east London, have been interviewed on suspicion of human trafficking offences.

Police say they carried out the first raid on February 2 after they were called to a report of intruders at an address in Tennyson Close, Pound Hill.

Officers say they found around 800 cannabis plants in various stages of cultivation, together with equipment used for their cultivation.

Two men, aged 38 and 35, were arrested on suspicion of production of cannabis and, after being interviewed, were released under investigation.

Raids were then carried out at nine other addresses. A police spokesman said: “At every one, equipment for cannabis production was also found, and at eight of the addresses cannabis in various stages of cultivation was also found.”

A total of 110 cannabis plants were found an address in Cowfold Close, Bewbush, and 150 plants were found at an address in St Mary’s Drive, Pound Hill.

The spokesman added: “Two men both aged 21 were arrested on suspicion of cannabis cultivation and after being interviewed were released under investigation.”

A further 100 cannabis plants were found at an address in Lingfield Drive, Worth. “Two men aged 31 and 27, and a woman aged 35, were arrested on suspicion of cannabis cultivation and after being interviewed were released under investigation, ” said the police spokesman.

A number of people were questioned at an address in Woodfield Road, Northgate, but no arrests made. In a separate raid on a house in Dobson Road, Langley Green, police say they discovered around 20 mature cannabis plants.

A further 120 plants were found at three addresses, one in Alpha Road, West Green, and two in Forester Road, Southgate, say police.

Warrants were executed on Friday (February 14) at an address in Caburn Heights, Southgate, where 60 plants were discovered, and at an address in Gossops Drive where, say police, ‘a large number of plants was also found.’

Detective Inspector Cheryl Lewendon said: “We have completely disrupted a fully planned commercial project which appears to have been operating for several months, and was aimed at illegal drugs onto the Crawley and the surrounding area on a large scale.

“This is a large scale investigation in which we have had support from police and staff of our Crawley Prevention Enforcement Team, and also from colleagues across West Sussex as well as the force’s new Tactical Enforcement Unit.

“However our enquiries are continuing to trace other people we suspect of being involved in the organisation and management of these sites.

“Information from local people has already been key in exposing this project, and anyone with further information can contact us at any time either online or by calling 101, quoting Operation Forfar.

“You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Former Chairman – Keith Greenleaves

It is with great sadness that I inform you that Keith Greenleaves Former Chairman of the Pound Hill North Residents Association passed away on Friday 10th February 2020.

Keith became Chairman of the Association at the end of 2005 during the campaign against the Gas Holder travellers’ site proposal. Under his guidance the planning application for this site was challenged and ultimately dismissed.

He served as the Association Chairman for five years. Originally tendering his notice in 2008, however due to the lack of a replacement candidate he continued to extend his term until 2010.

Keith was passionate about the local community, he was diligent, methodical and professional. Keith was known for being ‘relentless’ pursuing issues with the authorities, and would always lead from the front.

On behalf of the Association I would like to pass on our condolences to Keith’s wife Iris and the rest of the family at this sad time.

Kevan McCarthy
Chairman PH(N)RA

The funeral arrangements are as follows: –

Friday 28th February 2020 at 2.45 in the Memorial Chapel at the Crematorium and afterwards at the Copthorne Hotel.

CCVS – Newsletter

A message from Tracey Martin (Crawley Community & Voluntary Service)

Dear Members,

Please see the latest e-Newsletter from Crawley CVS.

The latest newsletter contains sections on:

  • Fight Flu this winter
  • Age Well in West Sussex
  • Access to child and adolescent mental health services in 2019
  • DrinkCoach online coaching
  • The Charity Awards 2020
  • People’s Postcode Lottery grants
  • This Girl Can Community Fund
  • Funding to Help Young People in Transition to Secondary School
  • Grants for arts, health and wellbeing, and nature conservation
  • Weaver‘s Company Benevolent Fund
  • Understanding, Improving & Measuring well being
  • Free Digital Introduction with Design Hop

If you have any queries, or something you would like to appear in a future newsletter, please get in touch.
Kind regards,

Tracey Martin
Communications and Membership Manager
Crawley Community & Voluntary Services
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WSCC – Public Notice

West Sussex County Council
Temporary Traffic Regulation

websiteWorth Park Avenue, Crawley

NOTICE IS hereby given that in pursuance of the provisions of Section 14(2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act, 1984, as amended, the use of (and parking on) Worth Park Avenue Eastbound, Pound Hill opposite Three Bridges Train Station is temporarily prohibited from 22/02/20 at 20:00 until 23/02/20 at 08:00.

Road Closed signs will be in place either side of the closure at the nearest appropriate junctions.

The restriction will be in place Night-time only between 20:00 – 08:00.

This closure is necessary to allow Centurion Site Services on behalf of Network Rail to undertake the recovery of a signal structure from the railway bridge.

No access to be maintained.

The alternative route for traffic will be signed on site

This restriction will be effective for a maximum of 5 days from the start date given above.

Any queries about the effect of the closure on traffic using the highway please contact West Sussex County Council on phone 01243 642105.

Any queries about the works please contact Centurion on phone 01332 775360.
Dated 31 January 2020

Matt Davey
Head of Highways and Transport

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