CCVS – Join in Crawley

A message from Charis Easter (Crawley Community & Voluntary Service)

Dear Member,

A Special event for those aged 60 and over …

I would like to invite you to ‘Join in Crawley’ on Wednesday 8th August, 10am – 1pm at The Hawth Theatre. There will be information stalls and taster sessions such as Tai Chi, Seated Exercise and Walking Football to name a few.

  • Find out what low cost activities you can take up locally
  • Come alone or bring along someone you know
  • We’ll have information stands and taster sessions on how to keep active and involved no matter what your mobility
  • Pop along for a cup of tea and a chat
  • Challenge us to find something you enjoy doing

So pop along and join us for a cup of tea and a chat and challenge us to find something you enjoy doing!

Best wishes, Charis

Charis Easter
Membership Engagement Officer

Crawley Community & Voluntary Service
The Orchard
1-2 Gleneagles Court
Brighton Road
RH10 6AD
Charity Number: 1094699
Company Number: 4488714

Telephone: phone 01293 657000
E-mail: email

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CCVS member helpline phone 01293 657162: Available 10am – 3pm Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday

CCVS is an independent charity supported by Crawley Borough Council and West Sussex County Council

Sussex Police – Public Information

Sussex Police Holiday Advice
23rd July 2018

While you are away on holiday, your home could be at a greater risk of being broken into

We would like to offer some tips to help you make your home more secure and to reduce this risk whilst you are away.

  • Make your home look occupied by asking a trusted relative, neighbour or friend to check your home, collect mail, water plants and to park their car on your drive etc.
  • Consider using the Royal Mail’s “Keep Safe” service – They will keep your mail for up to two months while you’re away.
  • Don’t leave curtains closed in the daytime as this shows the house is empty.
  • Use automatic timer switches to turn your lights on when it is dark.
  • Cancel regular deliveries such as newspapers and milk.
  • Avoid discussing holiday plans publically on social media or where you may be overheard by strangers.
  • Cut your lawn before you go.
  • Consider leaving important documents and valuable items with other family members, a bank or in a safe.
  • Consider leaving valuable items kept in your shed in the house.
  • Put all your tools, including ladders, away so they can’t be used to break into your house.
  • Don’t forget to lock all external doors and windows removing and hiding keys.
  • And finally lock/padlock any external gates and set the burglar alarm if you have one

If something is stolen report it to us online at website or by calling phone 101. Call phone 999 if the crime is happening now.

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WSCC – Public Event

A message from West Sussex County Council

West Sussex Parent Carer Forum

First Steps to Adulthood Information Event on Wednesday 4 July 2018 6-8pm

Eat Central Café at Crawley College
Crawley Campus, College Road, Crawley RH10 1NR

Do you have a young person aged 14+ with additional needs and disabilities?

Come and join us to explore the different opportunities available when considering the next step to adulthood. You may be wondering about post 16 school support, clubs and groups and how to achieve and encourage independence. We may be able to help plug the gaps!

If you can, please encourage your young person to come with you and see for themselves what is on offer.

No need to book – drop in

Over 30 stands offering a wide range of information and advice on topics such as:

  • Supporting young people into paid employment
  • Benefits
  • Keeping Safe
  • Leisure activities
  • Discount cards
  • Specific disability organisations
  • West Sussex Local Offer

Refreshments provided and free parking at Crawley College

For info please email

West Sussex Parent Carer Forum
49 Beach Road, Littlehampton, West Sussex, BN17 5JG
website phone 01903 726188 email

phone phone

Crawley Observer – Heathrow News

Heathrow plan is bad news
13th June 2018 – Crawley Observer

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

Any expansion in aviation is a bad day for the planet as aviation is the most damaging for climate change and we do not wish misery of more aircraft noise on anyone.

If Heathrow does not go ahead it does not mean Gatwick will automatically be chosen as Stansted, and other regional airport all want to expand to have a slice of the profit cake.

It would also mean that the millions spent on the Airport Commission reported was all a waste of time. People really do want some sort of decision so that they can get on with their lives that they hoped the announcement by the Airports Commission gave them, but here we are still debating the facts.

Gatwick’s Achilles heel has always, and will always,be the lack of rail and road connections with the M23 going to one lane into Croydon, and the railway not being able to expand any further than it is today, even with the changes being made at the Windmill Junction at Croydon.

If Gatwick was full it would be full all year round but it is not as the winter months are quiet. Heathrow is also offering a night ban whereas Gatwick has never and their airline fleet mix demands 24/7 flying to Europe holiday destinations.

A few local firms have not supported Gatwick seeing expansion as all their Christmas’in one, but big business has strongly supported Heathrow as it brings money into the UK and is accessible for freight transfer from the rest of the country.

Gatwick is a major exports UK sunseekers overseas offering them a shopping mall with a runway and so not necessarily benefiting local high streets or firms, in fact clogging the roads and reducing air quality locally due to the traffic it brings to our potholed roads.

Gatwick should now focus now on dealing with the noise issues it has to the east and west of the airport as communities are blighted by noise day and night with many expected to tolerate multiple routes with no respite.

Communities Against Gatwick Noise and Emissions

CAGNE contact details:


News from Gatwick Airport Limited

A message from Alison Addy (Gatwick Airport Limited)

As we approach the busy summer season we have lots of news highlights to share. Each highlight has a link to the relevant press release for more information.

Business and Community

  • Gatwick’s new passenger app won Mobile Innovation of the Year at the National Technology awards, and also picked up Mobile App of the Year at the Real IT awards, along with Cloud Project of the Year after becoming the world’s first major airport to introduce a cloud-based Flight Information System (FIDS). website More…

  • Gatwick Airport has announced the UK’s first trial of end-to-end biometrics – where personal data collected at the airport’s self-service bag drops will be recognised by new automated self-boarding gates – simplifying and speeding up the process for passengers and reducing the risk of human error. The trial is being run in partnership with easyJet and is the first and most extensive of its kind in the UK. website More…

  • London Gatwick’s global success story continued in April with long haul connections +21.0% driving record cargo tonnage for the month, +23.2% on last year. 3.7 million passengers travelled through Gatwick in April with the airport set to further increase the global connectivity it provides for passengers with Qatar Airways starting a new route to Doha in May – opening up greater onward connectivity to Asia and Australia. website More…

  • Our partnership with the Brighton Marathon gave Gatwick a high profile at this fast growing regional event, which attracted 12,000 athletes; 180,000 spectators; and 3,000 children who were able to participate in the mini mile free of charge due to Gatwick’s support. Our involvement aligns with our strategic themes of health & wellbeing; and Gatwick as a family friendly airport; with features including an airport branded family lane for race pack pick-ups and a Gatwick arrivals zone on the beach for runners to meet their supporters.

  • Gatwick partnered with the West Kent Partnership for the Grow Kent Business Conference in Tunbridge Wells. We took the opportunity as sponsors to share examples of how Gatwick supports a thriving local economy.

Noise and Airspace

  • The next Noise Management Board is being held on 27th June where the next steps in planning for the Reduced Night Noise Trial will be agreed, along with updates on Departures work and further planning for the NMB 2019 workplan.
    The second of the NMB’s topic specific workshops for 2018 was held on 23rd May, which focussed on Departures. website NMB blog will be updated in June with any key messages emerging from the workshop discussions.

  • We have met with the CAA to discuss our options and next steps around our Route 4 Standard Instrument Departure (SID) routes. In accordance with the recent Consent Order we are reverting the Route 4 conventional SIDs to their previous position but this will not in itself result in any changes to the tracks flown by air traffic. An Airspace Change Proposal for the Route 4 RNAV (satellite navigation based) SIDs will commence in the coming months. Andy Sinclair, our Head of Airspace Strategy, provides an update on the planned next steps in his latest website Airspace blog.

Kind Regards


Alison Addy
Head of Community Engagement
phone M 0744 959 3171

EqualiTeas Crawley – Your Invitation

A message from Kathryn Brooks
West Sussex County Council

EqualiTeas Crawley – Your Invitation

What does it mean to you to have the same democratic rights as everyone else?

EqualiTeas is a free event in Crawley to celebrate 90 years since the Representation of the People Act 1928
gave all men and women over 21 years the equal right to vote

Henry Smith MP will speak about his role in parliament and what democracy means to him

Susan Brompton, Chief Executive of Crawley Community & Voluntary Service, will speak about women in science and engineering

Also talk with others about what democracy and equality means to you and enjoy some tea and biscuits while you’re there

Thursday 21 June 12.30 – 13.30
Crawley Museum
The Tree
103 High Street
RH10 1DD

Click this link to book your free place
or email email
or call phone 0330 222 5397

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 Eastern and Station Gateways Public Exhibitions

A message from Kathryn Brooks
West Sussex County Council

Crawley Growth Program
Crawley Eastern and Station Gateways Public Exhibitions

Exciting proposals for the £8.3million Crawley Eastern Gateway and £5.3million Station Gateway projects go on display soon in a series of public exhibitions.

The schemes are part of the £60million Crawley Growth Programme which will ‘unlock’ jobs, business space and home building in the town through major infrastructure improvements.

The two “Gateway” projects aim to improve pedestrian, cycling and bus access and facilities and create better connectivity between the railway and bus stations.

The Eastern Gateway scheme includes improvements to public space and connectivity to support key development opportunities at the Town Hall, County Buildings, Telford Place and Crawley College and includes the public areas in the eastern half of The Boulevard, Exchange Road, the southern end of Northgate Avenue, College Road including the roundabout, and Southgate Avenue, up to and including the junction with Station Way.

The Station Gateway Scheme extends from Friary Way, along Station Way, connecting with Southgate Avenue. Its aims include improving the connectivity between an improved and re-developed rail station, the bus station and improved town centre facilities, incorporating a dedicated left-turn for buses from Friary Way to Station Way and improvement in bus waiting facilities.

The Crawley Growth Programme is being delivered by a major partnership of public and private organisations, including the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership, West Sussex County Council, Crawley Borough Council, Metrobus, Gatwick Airport Limited, Manor Royal Business Improvement District (BID) Company. The Gateways projects are also being delivered in partnership with the Arora group and Network Rail.

Louise Goldsmith, Leader of West Sussex County Council, said: “We have identified that the county needs significant investment in new infrastructure to help stimulate economic growth and Crawley is a key growth location.

“These innovative and exciting proposals aim to have a positive impact on public areas in the town by improving connectivity. I urge people to go along to one of the exhibitions and see for themselves what’s being proposed.”

Crawley Borough Council Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Development, Councillor Peter Smith, said: “I am delighted that proposals for the regeneration of the Eastern Gateway and Station Gateway have been released.

“The Eastern Gateway is an incredibly busy area of the town and these proposals will not only improve accessibility, but enhance the overall look and feel of the area, attracting more investment into the town. In addition, the Station Gateway improvements will provide a better welcome into the town from Crawley train station. I look forward to hearing what residents have to say about the proposals.”

Jonathan Sharrock, Chief Executive at Coast to Capital, said: “This series of exhibitions is a fantastic way for the general public to gain insight of the extensive work which has gone into developing an innovative vision for the future success of Crawley. A tremendous effort has been made by partners to improve the infrastructure of the area which will unlock future prosperity.”

Exhibitions are being held at:

  • Wednesday 6 June 2018 Crawley College, 9.30am-1.30pm
  • Tuesday 12 June 2018 Crawley Town Hall, 1pm-5pm
  • Thursday 14 June 2018 County Mall, 2pm-8pm
  • Saturday 16 June 2018 Crawley Library, 11am-2pm

Further details on how to have your say will be available online from the 4 June at

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 Big Health Care Conversation

A message from Pat Mcgrath
Central Sussex Commissioning Alliance (North) and East Surrey CCG

Dear Crawley Community Members

Join in the Big Health and Care Conversation at the Charis Centre in Crawley, 14 June (1pm – 4pm). Meet commissioners and clinical leaders to discuss priorities for health and care in the area, including mental health, primary and urgent care, and frailty

Book online via Eventbrite : website

Join us in our Big Health and Care Conversation

NHS Crawley CCG and NHS Horsham and Mid Sussex CCG work in partnership with local health and care organisations to improve care for our population. The Big Health and Care Conversation event is led by the CCGs working alongside the local NHS organisations, Healthwatch, patients, carers and the local community and voluntary sector.

You’re invited to our first Big Health and Care Conversation events this summer. This gives you the chance to meet our commissioners and clinical leaders to discuss priorities for health and care in the area, including an opportunity to hear about and discuss the regional Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) and the unprecedented financial challenges facing our local health and care services. We look forward to you joining us at this event if you can.

If you can’t join us on this occasion there will be future opportunities to engage with us about developing health and social care for your area.

If you are unable to attend , please complete our online survey :

For more information about the online survey, events, booking via Eventbrite, or how to feedback; please see the relevant web page :

website Crawley Big conversation

Kind regards

Pat Mcgrath
Engagement Manager
Working days: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
Central Sussex Commissioning Alliance (North) and East Surrey CCG
Brighton and Hove CCG | Crawley CCG | East Surrey CCG | High Weald Lewes Havens CCG | Horsham and Mid-Sussex CCG
phone 01293 600300 ext 3801 | phone 07833435443 | email
Lower Ground Floor, Crawley Hospital, West Green Drive, RH11 7DH

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The information contained in this e-mail is solely for the intended recipients or their delegated colleague. It may be subject to public disclosure under the NHS Code of Openness or the Freedom of Information Act (2000) unless it is legally exempt from disclosure. If you received this e-mail in error, please notify the sender and remove all copies of the message, including any attachments. Any views or opinions expressed in this e-mail (unless otherwise stated) may not represent those of the Central Sussex Commissioning Alliance.

Volunteer gardeners needed

A message from Crawley Borough Council

Volunteer gardeners needed

Can you spare a few hours a week to keep Crawley Hospital looking bright and friendly?

We are looking for willing volunteers who can help to maintain the window boxes and the ‘Jim Smith Memorial Garden’.

Tasks will include:

  • Watering
  • Sweeping
  • Weeding
  • Tidying
  • Planting

People who are ill can greatly benefit from positive and natural surroundings as well as the wellbeing of staff, carers, family and friends.

If you think you would be interested then please contact:
phone 01293 438444

Crawley Borough Council
Town Hall
The Boulevard
RH10 1UZ
phone 01293 438444

Gatwick Airport Station Upgrade

A message from Network Rail

Gatwick Airport Station Upgrade

The transformation of Gatwick Airport station has moved an important step closer after a planning application was submitted for a major redevelopment.

Network Rail, in partnership with Gatwick Airport Ltd, Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership and the Department for Transport, has submitted proposals to reduce congestion and improve passenger experience at the station, which serves 19m passengers a year – up from 7.5m 20 years ago.

The proposals submitted to Crawley Borough Council aim to reduce crowding at the station, improve passenger flow and provide better connections between the railway station, airport terminals and onward travel destinations.

Proposed improvements include:

  • almost doubling the size of the rail station concourse
  • eight new escalators, five new lifts and four new stairways to improve accessibility and passenger flow
  • widening platforms 5 and 6 to reduce overcrowding
  • better connections to the south terminal with improved passenger information
  • an attractive new roof structure

The proposals will accommodate forecast rail growth up to 2036.

“The proposals will transform passenger experience, support airport growth and, along with other upgrades of the Brighton Mainline – the £300m reliability fund and our proposals for Croydon – improve journeys and provide a boost to the local, regional and national economy.

“Our proposals for the station are still being developed in detail and the submission of the planning application is an important step forward in this process.”

John Halsall, Network Rail manager director for the South East route

“The new Gatwick station is set to reduce congestion and give passengers a much improved experience, including a more seamless transition between airport and station.

“More than a million local commuters and business people also use the station each year and will benefit from this fantastic example of the public and private sector working together to deliver a world class transport hub.

“The new station also complements the transformation of train services at Gatwick. Later this year trains will start leaving Gatwick for London with tube-like frequency – every three minutes – and new direct services will start to Cambridge and Peterborough for the first time ever.”

Guy Stephenson, chief commercial officer, Gatwick Airport

“Gatwick Airport is the most important driver of our regional economy and the railway station is the sixth busiest in the whole of the UK outside London. Investing at Gatwick should be a top priority for the region and the UK economy as a whole. We are delighted to support this project – the new station will benefit passengers and staff at the airport and the many highly productive businesses based in Gatwick and Crawley.”

Jonathan Sharrock, Chief Executive at Coast to Capital

“The growing popularity of Gatwick and its increasing passenger numbers is a real positive for the airport and the station. This news highlights plans to significantly enhance the customer experience and ensure the station meets the changing demands of the airport and its customers, and it will be greatly welcomed by our passengers and our teams that work at the station and airport.”

Stephen Maccallaugh, GTR’s Head of Gatwick Express

Indicative project timeline
Crawley Borough Council will determine the planning application in spring 2018.
Funding parties will make a final decision on the project in autumn 2018.
Construction begins in 2019.
Project completion in 2022.

The project is subject to planning permission and a final decision by all funding parties.