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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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Brighton Marathon runners ‘on track’ to raise £80k for Chestnut Tree House

Around 12,000 people ran in this year’s Brighton Marathon, many running for various charities. Many ran for West Sussex based charity, Chestnut Tree House & are set to raise an incredible £80k!

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Two Brighton Marathon runners, raising money for Chestnut Tree House. Photo: Matt Pitts

A total of 199 people took part in the Brighton Marathon and BM10k for Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice on Sunday 15 April, and are set to raise a staggering £80,000 for the charity.

Runners from across Sussex and further afield set out from Preston Park on Sunday morning, and were supported by volunteer cheer teams along the route. 97 people ran in the 10k race for Chestnut Tree House and 102 took on the 26.2 mile course.

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The first runner to complete the Brighton Marathon 2018 for Chestnut Tree House was 48 year-old George Miller from Steyning, who ran the course in 3:18:38. It was a double success for George on Sunday, as not only did the first-time marathon runner beat his target time of 3:30, but he raised an incredible £1,120 – smashing his £750 fundraising target!

George Miller finished in a fantastic 3:18:38.

George said he was very proud to be able to represent Chestnut Tree House and is inspired by the amazing work they do for children and young people with life-shortening conditions and their families throughout Sussex.

First time marathon runner, Jaimey Willett. Photo: Matt Pitts

Other Brighton Marathon runners in Team Chestnut included Steve Bird, 39, from Burgess Hill, who ran it in 3:26:28; Chestnut Tree House Trustee, David Pegler, 50, who ran a personal best of 3:35:14; first-time marathon runner Jaimey Willett, 37, from Chichester (4:18:53); and Lee Kemp, who is already planning to run his fourth Brighton Marathon next year.

Lee, 35, said:

“When I visited Chestnut Tree House, I was moved by the care services they offer and inspired by the incredible work they do. The care they provide to local children and families is so important – that’s what I run for.

Lee Kemp is planning to run his fourth Brighton Marathon next year. Photo: Matt Pitts

“I was aiming for under four hours so am delighted with my time of 3:58:19. This was the third time I’ve run the Brighton Marathon for Chestnut Tree House, and I’m already planning to come back next year! The support around the course from the charity really helps encourage me, so I’d like to thank all the volunteers who came out to cheer us all on.”

In the BM10k race, 41 year-old Steve Allen was the first across the finish line for the charity with a time of 38:57.

All runners for Chestnut Tree House were given a warm post-race welcome at the charity’s tent in the Event Village, where they could meet some of the team, refuel, and recover with a complimentary massage from Niki Harrington of Symbiosis.

Steve Bird & his daughter, Amber.

Lauren Gowing, Events Fundraiser at Chestnut Tree House said:

“The event went really well and it was great to meet our runners and congratulate them on their achievement. We feel privileged that so many people chose to run for us. It’s wonderful to see the familiar faces of runners who have supported us for some time, but equally inspiring to meet people who have chosen to support Chestnut Tree House for the first time this year.

“We need to raise £6,850 every day to cover the cost of all Chestnut Tree House’s care services, both at the hospice and in families’ own homes. The £80,000 raised by our Brighton Marathon and BM10k runners will cover our care costs for over 11 days, which is incredible. Ultimately, support like this helps us to continue helping life-limited children across Sussex and South East Hampshire.

“We’d like to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone who ran for us, as well as our supporters and volunteers who helped on the day. Thanks too to the Brighton Mini Club for showing their support during the cavalcade, Symbiosis for offering complimentary massages, and South Downs Water for donating water to our runners.”

Chestnut Tree House will soon have places available for next year’s Brighton Marathon on Sunday 14 April 2019. To find out more visit www.chestnut-tree-house.org.uk/brightonmarathon.

Some of the people running for Chestnut Tree House, pre-race.

Chestnut Tree House opened its doors in 2003 and currently provides care and support to 300 children with life-shortening conditions and their families across Sussex and South East Hampshire – at the hospice and in families’ own homes. The cost of providing this vital service is over £3.5 million per year, yet the hospice receives less than 7% central government funding so relies heavily on the generosity and support of the local community and events like the Brighton Marathon to continue providing vital care to children and families.

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