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

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


Forge Wood – Crawley Observer

Use of woods was ‘vandalism’
27th November 2019 – Crawley Observer

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


Patient Roundup

A message from Isabel Costello

NHS Crawley and NHS Horsham and Mid Sussex Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs)

Dear all,

I hope you are all well.

Please see below the Patient Roundup for November 2019.

Text in blue below identifies new information in the Patient Roundup:

  • Governing Body Date
  • Feedback on the Sussex Health and Care Plan
  • Community Ambassadors Task and Finish Group – Get Involved!
  • Disability Confident Employer
  • The NHS Youth Forum
  • NHS England Consultations
  • West Sussex Care Guide Review
  • Flu
  • Alcohol Awareness Week
  • Every Mind Matters
  • THRIVE! Free family-friendly, creative arts workshop!
  • Self-care Week Community Information Event
  • Autism Support Crawley
  • Standing Item: What should you do if you have urgent but not life-threatening symptoms? Dial 111

Best wishes,

Isabel Costello
Senior Patient and Public Engagement Officer
NHS Sussex Clinical Commissioning Groups
Brighton and Hove CCG | Crawley CCG | East Surrey CCG | High Weald Lewes Havens CCG | Horsham and Mid-Sussex CCG
Part of Central Sussex and East Surrey Commissioning Alliance (North)
phone 01293 600300 ext 3801 | phone 07920244988 | email
Lower Ground Floor, Crawley Hospital, West Green Drive, RH11 7DH

If you are requesting information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 or Environmental Information Regulations 2004 please redirect your e-mail to email

Gatwick Airport – Crawley Observer

Gatwick Airport supports community awards as headline sponsor
20th November 2019 – Crawley Observer

phone 01403 751200

Gatwick Airport is again supporting the Crawley Community Awards as headline sponsor.

Community engagement manager Melanie Wrightson explains why: More than a third of Gatwick staff call Crawley and Horley home. They help the airport to deliver a world-class passenger experience and do a fantastic job welcoming more than 46 million passengers a year as they fly out to more than 230 destinations in 74 countries.

They are fantastic ambassadors not only for Gatwick, but for Crawley and the wider region. Simply put, without the support of local people, Gatwick would not be the airport it is today.

Some people, however, go above and beyond and selflessly give up their time for the benefit of others. It is important to stop and take a moment to recognise these people as they enrich our community and peoples’ lives.

I’m lucky enough to meet many of the local volunteers and community representatives who do great work across the region, whether they are helping to raise funds or helping those who just need some additional help and support.

I find their selflessness and commitment to help other people inspirational. It is only right that our community heroes receive the recognition they deserve and Gatwick Airport is proud to be able to help by supporting the Crawley Community Awards.

We are also delighted to be working alongside others who took the initiative to honour and recognise our Community heroes, including The Crawley Observer, The Hawth and Crawley Borough Council.

I wish all the nominees the best of luck and look forward to a fantastic awards evening.

Hillside Inn – Crawley Observer

Hillside Inn selected as pub of the year entry
13th November 2019 – Crawley Observer

phone 01403 751200

Henry Smith, Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Crawley, has nominated The Hillside Inn in Pound Hill as Crawley’s entry in this year’s Parliamentary Pub of the Year competition.

Mr Smith said: “It’s always a tough choice to pick one of our town’s pubs, but I’m delighted to nominate The Hillside Inn as Parliamentary Pub of the Year.

The pub sector is so important for communities such as ours and I’m delighted that the Ail-Party Parliamentary Group on Pubs is ensuring their nationwide recognition.”

The competition will culminate in a national final at the House of Commons, offering all MPs the opportunity to nominate their constituency’s favourite boozer and be recognised as the Parliamentary Pub of the Year.

To keep up-to-date with nominations as they come follow the Parliamentary Pub of the Year awards on Twitter: .

Gatwick News – Crawley Observer

Use vote to raise airport issue
6th November 2019 – Crawley Observer

Letter Page – Communities Against Gatwick Noise and Emissions

phone 01293 845058

CAGNE calls for residents to make Gatwick expansion plans an election issue, to make those that seek your vote promise to oppose the growth of the main runway and using the emergency runway as a new second runway.

Residents are urged to challenge member of parliament candidates seeking their vote on December 12 to make a promise to stop Gatwick expansion plans as this would bring, in a relatively short time, 390,000 flights a year, compared to 285,000 now a substantial increase in noise that residents endure in Sussex, Surrey and Kent as well as nearly 1m tonnes extra of carbon a year with two runways.

Residents are already enduring the ramification of Gatwick’s growth, as are local authorities budgets in a decline of ability to keep pace with the demands that-come from a large airport operating in their vicinity. It must fall to Gatwick Airport, through policy, that if they wish any further growth they must pay for the infrastructure that is required for the current level of operations plus the demands placed upon affordable housing, healthcare and education due to inward migration of workers.

We can all see clearly that the burden Gatwick presents is not being met by the 106 contributions that it is required to pay to local authorities. Members of Parliament, and local authorities, are entrusted by residents to be their voice, so we must make it very clear during election time that we are not seeking to do deals with the owners of Gatwick, but we are looking for a halt in its growth as it is simply not sustainable.

Over the five years we have been campaigning the tone of residents concerns has changed to now encompass climate change.

This must be a major concern for us all as to allow Gatwick to use the emergency runway as a new second runway would add nearly one million tonnes of extra carbon a year as well as 74m passengers to our roads and railway line that can’t be expanded.

This is an ideal moment for us all to make the Gatwick growth plans a key election issue on the doorsteps and have your candidate agree to stop Gatwick expansion plans as they are not sustainable or wanted.

Sally Pavey
Communities Against Gatwick Noise and Emissions

Contact details:


Local Policing – Crawley Observer

Police launch named PCSO for every community
6th November 2019 – Crawley Observer


By Staff Reporter
phone 01403 751200

Sussex Police has launched a named PCSO for every community within the force area.

Named PCSOs are being introduced in every community within the Sussex Police force area – Picture courtesy of Sussex Police

The enhanced way of working will give every PCSO responsibility for a defined geographic area and every community in Sussex will have at least one named PCSO.

The new posts are being recruited throughout the financial year.

There have already been intakes of 18 PCSOs in July 2019 and 36 in September 2019.

Another 72 PCSOs will be trained over two intakes in January and March 2020 under the PCSO apprenticeship scheme.

This investment has been possible due to the precept increase proposed by police and crime commissioner Katy Bourne, to include an extra 100 PCSOs by March 2020.

The investment has given ‘Sussex Police a genuine opportunity to rethink its plans to enhance local policing.

The force says the precept uplift signals an exciting step change and means that communities will start to see and feel a difference as these roles are deployed to strengthen local policing.

Assistant chief constable Julia Chapman said: “The bolstering of PCSO numbers will help police working with local communities and will help bring a greater understanding of local issues, an increase in intelligence and an early resolution of anti-social behaviour and local disputes before they can escalate into more serious crime.”

By inputting your postcode in website you will be able to find out who your named PCSO is for the area where you live.

Some areas may have more than one PCSO.