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‘There is no democracy in Crawley’ – residents furious outcry as part of Three Bridges could become Langley Green

Some Crawley residents could find the area they live in has changed as Council puts forward their boundary change recommendations.

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Residents have been voicing their furious views over the Councils decision to vote for a recommendation on electoral ward changes that will see some Three Bridges and Northgate residents change ward to Langley Green.

The recommendation will also see Three Bridges extend its boundaries to cover the town centre which is currently covered by Northgate.

Additionally Broadfield North and South will be combined and Gossops Green will extend into the current Broadfield North ward.

In a heated full council meeting last night, residents voiced their concerns to the councillors who, in the opinion of some of the residents, were just not listening.

One resident said:

“What is the purpose of being allowed to speak at these meetings if all they are going to do is put down everything we say and go with what they want?”

Another resident said:

“We are very disappointed to see that there is no democracy in Crawley.  It seems so unnecessary what they are doing when there are perfectly respectable ways to do it.”

So what is the all the fuss about?

Crawley has been informed by the boundaries commission that they must reduce the number of councillors by one for the town.

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In order that this still gives a fair representation to the residents and that each ward has a similar number of people represented by a councillor this means that ward boundaries are going to have to alter.

The commission has asked the council to put through their recommendation which is what was voted for last night with a proposal put forward by Labour winning the vote 19/17.

But what didn’t help was councillors commenting to the residents saying, “there are winners and losers”.

A spokesperson for Crawley Borough Council said:

“It is important to note that we are a consultee and therefore not a decision maker on the ward changes. We have been consulted and put forward our recommendation.  Any resident who wishes to put forward their opinion should goto the boundaries commission website before the 9th April.

No-one is having their neighbourhood changed, it is only the electoral boundaries.”

This is actually a very important note as whilst the council has voted on their recommendation it in no way means that this will actually happen.  It is now down to the commission to make the final decision taking into account both the council and residents views.

But residents hit back with one saying:

“Of course we wont lose our neighbourhood but what we will lose is the relationship with councillors we have built up over years.  Having a new councillor who has looked after an area miles from us and who now has to start again learning about our area is ludicrous.”

Henry Smith MP has spoken out against the changes on Twitter:

If you would like to see the map of the recommendations voted for by the council then click here.

If you would like to put forward your views to the commission then you have till the 9th April.  To do this click here.

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Crawley School raises an incredible £13,250 for local charity

Oriel High School students raised the huge sum through a charity walk.

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Oriel High School students chose The Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre which is attached to Crawley Hospital as their chosen charity for their sponsored walk this year.

The students managed to raise an astounding £13,250.

Alyson Smith, Fundraising manager for Olive Tree Cancer Support was presented with a cheque with more money still coming in.

Alyson said:

“As a small charity this is such amazing news to us. The Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre is a small, independent charity based in Crawley which has provided free support, advice, friendship and therapies to thousands of people in the local area and is a hugely valuable and much appreciated resource.

The Olive Tree, which began as a small cancer support group over 21 years ago in Crawley, provides a haven: somewhere to go and be with people who understand and can help. Our team of 85 volunteers offers free information, advice and therapeutic care to support all those affected by cancer from the point of diagnosis, through treatment and beyond. The Olive Tree supports the friends, families and carers as well as the individual experiencing cancer.”

The charity offer complementary and emotional support therapies. They say the complementary therapies can help to reduce stress, alleviate the side effects of cancer treatments and enhance feelings of well-being. They also offer acupuncture, aromatherapy, massage, reflexology, craniosacral therapy and Reiki.

Their emotional support is offered through counselling, art counselling, coaching, hypnotherapy and mindfulness workshops and they also run several support groups, which provide an informal environment for people to come together and support.

The charity also point out that their range of services is continually evolving and currently includes yoga, singing workshops, and a wig scheme.

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