Drug Seizures – Crawley Observer

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

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By Sarah Page
email crawleyobserver@jpimedia.co.uk
phone 01403 751200

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
Tel: phone 01293 657011

Please note that my usual working hours are 9.30 am to 4 pm, Monday to Thursday

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

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

website Report a problem with a road or pavement
website raise a highways related enquiry
phone 03302 227705
email street.works@westsussex.gov.uk


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Gatwick Airport Community Trust

Gatwick Airport Community Trust GACTFunding 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.

Gatwick Airport Community Trust area map

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.

GACC Newsletter 111

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
phone 01293 863369
email info@gacc.org.uk
website www.gacc.org.uk
Facebook www.facebook.com/doyoucaregatwick

Alternatively contact directly
phone John Byng 01293 537234
phone Peter Barclay 01293 862821

Three Bridges Station

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

Crawley Community Drop Ins

A message from Kathryn Brooks
West Sussex County Council

Community Drop-Ins

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)
Every Tuesday
11.00am – 1.00pm
Starting on 07 January 2020

Kind Regards


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: phone 25397 | External: phone 0330 222 5397 |Mobile: phone 07702 511693
E-mail: email kathryna.brooks@westsussex.gov.uk

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Forge Wood – Crawley Observer

Use of woods was ‘vandalism’
27th November 2019 – Crawley Observer
website www.crawleyobserver.co.uk

By Karen Dunn
Local Democracy Reporter

Furious councillors have criticised an ‘act of vandalism which saw a strip of Crawley woodland destroyed and the site used to park hundreds of cars.

Members of the borough council’s planning committee were told the site, off Crawley Avenue, was being operated by airport parking company Maple Manor to store cars for passengers using Gatwick.

A report to the committee said 15 to 20 metres of woodland which stood next
to Gatwick Stream had been destroyed, hard-standing laid, and a 2.4-metre fence erected north of the former gas holder site.

The meeting was told the council only realised what had happened when an officer visited another unauthorised parking area to the south of the site.

A retrospective application to continue parking cars for five years was roundly criticised – and promptly dismissed – by the committee.

Ian Irvine (Lab, Broadfield) said: “It seems to me the actions that have taken place here are appalling.

“Even if [the trees] are replaced it could take years to get back to maturity. Is there any action which could be taken against the perpetrators of what I think is an act of vandalism?”

Jonathan Purdy (Con, Three Bridges) said: ‘We should be seeking enforcement for them to put the site back to the state it was before they damaged it.”

Members were told the idea was already there on the radar’.

An officer said the council was looking at enforcement action for the southern site and was ‘just awaiting the final details before we can look at the northern site’.

After the meeting, a council spokesman said: “The council has an ongoing
enforcement investigation into the unauthorised airport parking use and works undertaken in order to accommodate it.

“We are currently actively considering what enforcement action will be taken to stop the unauthorised use and the potential requirements needed to restore the land and comply with the Forge Wood neighbourhood planning permission as soon as possible.”

Maple Manor was not represented at the meeting.

Age Well Campaign

A message from Kathryn Brooks
West Sussex County Council

Please find below details of WSCC’s Age Well campaign. This is running for the next few months and will focus on different themes.

A new Age Well campaign has been launched by the West Sussex Health and Wellbeing Board, aimed to celebrate our older residents and support them in staying healthy, well and independent as they grow older in West Sussex.

Amanda Jupp, Chairman of the West Sussex Health and Wellbeing Board, said: “West Sussex is already a great place to live and we just want to make it even better for our growing number of older residents.”

Over the next few months there will be information and advice about how to age well, from how to make sure your home is safer, connecting with your community, improving and maintaining your mental health, and becoming more active with good financial plans for the future.

People can also sign up to a regular newsletter and can find out more on the campaign website.

The objectives of the campaign are to:

  • Improve the health and wellbeing of older people in West Sussex;
  • Raise awareness of positive approaches to healthy ageing which help people to live well as they age;
  • Celebrate the contribution which older people make to our communities, and the skills, knowledge and experience which they bring;
  • Share practical ideas for action and signpost local resources and best practice which can enable people to improve their health and wellbeing;
  • Tackle ageism and present a positive narrative of ageing well, demonstrating that West Sussex is a good place to grow old.

Kind Regards


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: phone 25397 | External: phone 0330 222 5397 |Mobile: phone 07702 511693
E-mail: email kathryna.brooks@westsussex.gov.uk

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