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Henry Smith MP: We must continue to meet the challenges facing our community

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In 2017 we celebrated the 70th anniversary of Crawley’s designation as a new town; our local motto is ‘I grow and I rejoice’, so as we embark on 2018 we must continue to meet the challenges facing our community.

I spoke in a parliamentary debate on this last year and was a founding member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on New Towns. I’m looking forward to attending the Group’s latest meeting next week. Whether it’s investment in our area schools or NHS services coming back to Crawley, new housing for local people or upgrading road and rail links, addressing these issues and ensuring they are reflected in policy is my ongoing commitment.

I continue to stand up for what matters to Crawley in the House of Commons and with Government. In contrast, it’s clear that Labour want to get into office and enact an economic programme that would harm the economy – with working families paying the price. Just this week, one of Jeremy Corbyn’s closest MP allies outlined a plan to significantly increase council tax – forcing families to pay over £300 more a year.

Labour are dreaming up ways to hike taxes on working families and they’re not even in office.

In contrast, the number of Crawley businesses has increased by more than 600 to over 3,600 in recent years. It’s these businesses – and their suppliers and employees – who contribute to the economy and pay their taxes, which go towards funding our vital public services. Local unemployment has fallen by 59 per cent since 2010 and now stands at 1.5 per cent with most jobs full time.

History shows Labour have always left office with higher unemployment and the British economy in crisis. That’s not what we want for Crawley or our country.

Henry Smith MP

Crawley Constituency

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Council have plans in place for ‘Beast from the East’

Salting operations are to continue throughout the period; snow ploughs will be fitted when required to ensure main roads are kept open.

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Yellow warnings for snow in Crawley have been issued by the Met Office until Wednesday. Photo: MetOffice

Snowfall will be effecting most of the country over the forthcoming week and the Met Office have issued yellow weather warnings for snow as well as amber warnings for some areas.

Following these warnings, West Sussex County Council have said they have plans in place to keep main roads open.

A West Sussex Highways spokesman said:

“Precautionary salting operations will continue throughout the period and snow ploughs will be fitted when required to ensure main roads are kept open.

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“We are therefore advising Town and Parish Councils to be prepared to enact their Winter Management Plans IF and when we issue an instruction to do so.”

A further update will be issued later today.

The County Council’s winter campaign website page has several sections giving advice on ‘staying warm’ please click here.

If you know or look after someone who may be susceptible to the effects of this cold weather period, please help ensure they stay warm and well and check in advance that they are prepared for this cold spell.

WSCC have offered some general advice including:

• Stay tuned in to weather forecasts.
• Check and maintain daytime room temperatures of 21°C.
• Check bedroom night-time temperatures and maintain it at 18°C or warmer.
• Keep warm and active and, if you have to go out, dress warmly and wear non-slip shoes.
• If you are concerned about your own health or welfare, or that of others, please alert the emergency services – details: emergency services.

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