Gatwick Airport – Crawley Observer

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

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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.

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

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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

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Local Policing – Crawley Observer

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


By Staff Reporter
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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.

Pound Hill Litter Pick

Pound Hill Litter Pick on Saturday 16th November

Help keep Crawley tidy by joining a community litter pick with LPK Learning CIC on Saturday 16th November.

Meet at Grattons Park near to Peterhouse Parade at 10.15am to collect equipment ready for a litter pick from 10.30 to 12.00. Refreshments will be available from 11.30.

All ages welcome. A limited amount of equipment will be available but please bring your own gloves and a litter picker if you have one. Hope to see you there!

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Many thanks,


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GACC Newsletter 110

Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign
Newsletter 5nd November 2019

GACC Annual General Meeting

Simon Henley, Commissioner and Stephen Cooke, Head of Communications
Independent Commission on Civil Aviation Noise will speak at the GACC Annual Meeting to be held at the Stanhill Court Hotel on Friday, 15 November at 7.30 pm

Stanhill Court Hotel is located just 2 miles north west of Charlwood.

The address is Stan Hill, Charfwood, Surrey RH6 0EP Tel : phone 01293 862166
Link to hotel website directions :


There is easy car parking. Tea or coffee will be provided and a licensed bar will be open from 7.00pm.

NB: Nominations for the committee should be submitted to the GACC office a week in advance (ie: by midday Friday 8th November).

For more information about Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign
phone 01293 863369

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

Keeping Crawley well this Winter

A message from Kathryn Brooks
West Sussex County Council

Crawley Wellbeing Events

Keep Warm
Monday 18th November
Broadfield Community Centre,
Broadfield Barton
RH11 9BA
Keep Safe
Wednesday 22 January 11am-1pm
The Hawth Theatre
Hawth Avenue
RH10 6YZ
Keep Healthy
Monday 24 February
Langley Green Centre
RH11 7PF

For more information about any of these events, please contact Crawley Wellbeing on phone 01293 585317 or visit our website at website

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


Three Bridges Station Improvement Scheme

Crawley Borough Council, Govia Thameslink Railway, Network Rail and West Sussex County Council are pleased to bring forward the final draft proposal to redevelop Three Bridges Station forecourt, create a new entrance to the station from Station Hill and create a vibrant new space with excellent connectivity for all.

These proposals follow feedback from public consultations in 2015 and 2018,
extensive consultation with stakeholders and a detailed and wide-ranging traffic modelling exercise.

The aims of the scheme are to:

  • Improve the physical environment of the station forecourt area and taxi rank
  • Improve provision for picking up/dropping off passengers by car and taxi
  • Improve the transport interchange facilities, bus connectivity, pedestrian and cycle links
  • Improve access to the station by sustainable forms of transport
  • Improve passenger flow by creating a new entrance/exit point at platform 5
  • Review parking facilities at the station.

The scheme will benefit all station users. Key features include:

  • A new pedestrian and cycle entrance from Station Hill, enabling people to purchase a ticket and access the rest of the station. This will cut down on journey times for those coming from Maidenbower and Pound Hill
  • The provision of dedicated safe spaces for passenger and taxi drop-off and waiting areas and the introduction of cycle provision at the front of the station
  • Increasing transport options for station users
  • Creating a more welcoming, inviting and safer space for all to enjoy.

Information sessions have been arranged where officers from Crawley Borough
Council and West Sussex County Council will be available to answer any questions.
These take place on:

  • Thursday 10 October, 4-7pm, Crawley Library
  • Saturday 12 October, 12 noon-4pm, County Mall
  • Tuesday 15 October, 6.30am-9.30am, Three Bridges Station
  • Tuesday 15 October, 5.30-7.30pm, Three Bridges Station
  • Thursday 17 October, 12 noon-4pm, Three Bridges Station

Feedback can also be sent to email by Sunday 3 November.

An online version of this document is available at

Gatwick News – Crawley Observer

Gatwick Noise Management
25th September 2019 – Crawley Observer

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

Airport reports ignore issues

Gatwick Airport’s scoping reports ignore the current issues faced by its unhappy neighbours who suffer aircraft noise day and night affecting their wellbeing and house value, says CAGNE, umbrella community and environmental group opposing Gatwick Airport’s plans to use the emergency’ runway as a second runway.

Simply put, it is more planes which mean more frequent noise and the scoping reports before local authorities currently do nothing to offer a reduction in noise for the communities of Sussex, Surrey and Kent.

In fact it offers them an increase of 90,000 extra planes on top of the 280,000 that they suffer annually today.

Gatwick seeks to manipulate the planning process to avoid the costly route of new runway application by seeking to ‘make best use of current facilities’ through a Development Consent Order that avoids public scrutiny until 2020.

Local authorities are making decisions behind closed doors now, and have been party to meetings with Gatwick Airport since April according to the scoping reports.

Elected members will be making decisions about residents’ futures and that of your children and grandchildren who will face the consequence of global warming, as aviation is one of the biggest threats our planet faces today and must be capped.

Gatwick desires to increase flight movements on the main runway and use the emergency runway for regular flights, taking them from 55 to 75 aircraft movements per hour.

That’s going from an annual aircraft movement of over 285,000 a year to 390,000 by 2032; (figures taken from the Gatwick Master Plan) Gatwick using the averaging of noise to counter concerns but people do not hear noise as an average but as a noisy frequent event.

We encourage residents to write now to their local authorities and members of parliament before October 1st, make their opinion known that they wish to Stop Gatwick Expansion plans as they are simply not sustainable and not good news for communities or the planet.”

CAGNE is holding Stop Gatwick Expansion roadshows and pop-up events throughout October and November in Sussex, Surrey and Kent and invite people to join their mailing list, come along, help distribute leaflets to neighbours, raise awareness with communities of what is proposed by Gatwick Airport.


Communities Against Gatwick Noise and Emissions
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Gatwick News – Crawley Observer

Campaign launched against airport plan
20th September 2019 – Crawley Observer


By Staff Reporter
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Campaigners have announced they have launched a major campaign to challenge Gatwick Airport’s Master Plan.

Under the banner Gatwick’s Big Enough community groups around Gatwick have joined forces with Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign to call Gatwick to account over its proposals.

The group said the plan proposed to create an airport as big as Heathrow is today.

An increase in aircraft movements in the next ten years to 390,000 per annum (1,050 or more per day) and passenger numbers to 70 million per annum (190,000 or more per day).

The group it would bring increased misery to thousands of people through noise, pollution and impacts on local infrastructure.

The plans would also bring a significant increase in carbon emissions caused by the additional flights, the group claimed.

The campaign has got off to an early start with challenges to Gatwick’s use of the planning permitted development processes.

The initial submission to the Planning Inspectorate for Gatwick’s Stage Two, the expansion and active use of the emergency/northern runway, has been made and our teams are now in the process of preparing challenges to these proposals.

Campaign group chairman Peter Barclay, said: “Whilst this growth plan may be within the airport’s own boundaries the negative impact on communities extends many miles from Gatwick’s borders.

“In a society where there is increasing awareness of the downside of aviation activities our members want us to ensure these developments are properly contained.”

A Gatwick Airport spokes person said: “Gatwick recognises that future growth should be both economically and environmentally sustainable and is committed to delivering any future growth plans in this way.

“We will carry out a number of detailed studies to assess the impacts and benefits of our standby runway plan on our local region and will be consulting on the plans next year.

“The airport also recognises the importance of faster global and local action from all sectors to tackle climate change, and any future growth will be delivered in line with Government policy.’

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