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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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Celebrations for Crawley school now ranked in top ten

Smiles all round for the Crawley school for making it into the top 10 out of 283 schools.

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Pupils, Parents & Carers, Governors and Staff were all celebrating at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Primary School this week, after it emerged the school, located in Langley Green, has been ranked 7th (out of 283 schools) in this year’s Key Stage 2 West Sussex School League Tables.

Chair of Governors, Maja Jasko, said:

“this is an amazing achievement and the result of the hard work, commitment and determination of the children, OLQOH staff, Parents & Carers and Governors, over many years. The OLQOH Governors would also like to congratulate our Key Stage 1 Pupils and Teaching Team, who also achieved fantastic outcomes in 2017/18, with 93% of children passing the ‘Phonics Check’, and combined outcomes in Year 2 exceeding the WSCC County Average.”

Deputy Head Teacher, Jan Miles, went on to comment:

“OLQOH recognises that academic outcomes represent just a fraction of the vital work that all primary schools are doing, preparing our children and young people for both secondary school and adult life. Nonetheless, these result build on the excellent SATs scores achieved at Our Lady’s over the past 5 years and reflect our school mantra ‘Better Never Stops!’.”

 

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