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Have your say on proposals around Three Bridges station in Crawley

Crawley Borough Council, in partnership with Govia Thameslink Railway, Network Rail and West Sussex County Council, has updated proposals to improve access to the site around Three Bridges Station and we want to know what you think.

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A revised detailed design for the scheme, part of the Crawley Growth Programme, takes into account the feedback from the public and stakeholders since the last consultation and additional traffic modelling exercise in July 2018 and February 2019. A new station entrance for pedestrians and cyclists, to serve residents who live to the east of the station, is envisaged as phase one of the scheme. 

The document containing full details of the revised proposal, including an artist’s impression of the forecourt and findings from the traffic modelling exercises, can be found at https://investcrawley.co.uk/development/three-bridges-station 

The council is hosting several information sessions for the public to attend:

  • 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

Cabinet member for Planning and Economic Development Councillor Peter Smith, said: “The feedback we received from the last consultation was invaluable in helping us review the detailed design proposals for the project. We’ve since undertaken additional traffic modelling works to ensure the feasibility of the new proposals and the supporting information will be available to view and discuss at the upcoming information sessions.

“This is an important project for the town, so I encourage residents to come along to an information session and find out more.”

Director of Business Development at Network Rail, John Gill, said:

‘We are pleased to be working with local councils and partners in pushing forward this potential scheme at Three Bridges station. The station itself provides step-free access to all platforms via lifts. We know that accessibility is important for passengers across all modes of transport and that’s why we are supportive of this scheme. Adding a second entrance to the station and strengthening the transport infrastructure in the station surroundings is vital as the population and local economy grows.

Louise Goldsmith, Leader of West Sussex County Council, said:

“We are pleased to see this project moving forward – it’s an important project within the Crawley Growth Programme and we welcome the opportunity to hear feedback on the latest proposals.  I would encourage people to attend one of the information events, where they can hear more about the new proposals.”

Jonathan Sharrock, Chief Executive at Coast to Capital said:

“We continue to work closely with partners to improve railways across the Coast to Capital area and we are delighted to see plans progress for Three Bridges station. These upgrades will be crucial in improving the accessibility to the network and will greatly benefit the wider Crawley Growth Programme. We encourage local residents and businesses to have their say on the proposal.”

Feedback can be emailed to 3Bridges@crawley.gov.uk until Sunday 3 November.     

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Crawley Councillor who resigned from Labour party is…err… STILL a Labour councillor for West Sussex Council

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You are going to have to bear with me on this one because even I am struggling to understand how this is even possible or allowed – well actually it may not be if party rules are to be followed.

Remember last week when two Labour councillors resigned? Well one of them was and still is a County Councillor – so you might expect that leaving Labour and becoming an Independent would mean – well – that you have left Labour and become Independent – DUH!

Stupid thing to say isn’t it, I mean it’s obvious. What other way is there to think?

Apparently a completely different way, that’s how!

For West Sussex County Council has now confirmed that the EX-Labour Borough Councillor Karen Sudan is in-fact still representing Labour on the County Council.

How is this even allowed?

This raises a worrying and somewhat confusing rule. For if this is totally ok with local government then it means you could represent one party as a county councillor and a completely different party for the borough.

But let’s add to the mix that the Labour Rules state that in order to represent the party you MUST be a member. But Cllr Sudan is no longer a member.

There is also something else here that would not be a miss within some conspiracy theory. IF Cllr Sudan was to stop representing Labour in the County Council, then the amount paid in allowances changes dramatically. Having 5 members instead of 4 allows more than £6K in additional allowances to be paid to the groups leader.

A West Sussex County Council spokesperson said:

“Cllr Karen Sudan has informed us that she remains a member of the Labour Group on West Sussex County Council. The County Council is aware that Cllr Sudan is now an independent on Crawley Borough Council.”

So where does this leave us at the moment. Well if you are one of the voters who ticked the box for Cllr Sudan then you may be thinking, what party have I voted for, and you would not be criticised for thinking so.

What is needed is clarity of the situation…not an independent Councillor waving a Labour flag.

Both Cllr Sudan and Cllr Michael Jones have been approached for comment.

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