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Ifield residents in Crawley told to prepare for traffic delays as work begins next week on new Ifield Avenue cycleway

Works to create a cycleway along Ifield Avenue, Crawley, will start next Monday 16 September.

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The works are scheduled to take place for 14 weeks, ending on Friday 20 December and will cost £350,000.

The existing footway along the north east side of Ifield Avenue, from the Ifield Drive roundabout to the entrance of the rugby club, will be widened to approximately 3 metres to create a shared use cycleway/footway. Three raised tables will also be created to improve the ease of use and visibility of the cycleway where it crosses side road junctions (the junctions with Stagelands, Stafford Road and Rushetts Road).

Some sections of fencing and trees will also be removed to enable the widening. New trees will be planted nearby to replace those being removed.

West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure, Roger Elkins, said:

“One of our council priorities is to improve or introduce better cycling infrastructure across the county. The aim is that the new cycleway will encourage cycling, particularly to the two schools in the local area.

“It’s possible that the works will cause some disruption in the local area. We will of course make every effort to minimise the impact of the project but there will be a requirement for traffic signals at times and short road closures for most of the side junctions when the raised tables are being constructed.”

For further information visit www.westsussex.gov.uk/travelinfo 

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Crawley Cabinet member rallies his support for towns Council Leader

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Crawley Cabinet Member for Wellbeing and councillor for Gossops Green & North East Broadfield Chris Mullins has rallied his support for Crawley Council Leader Peter Lamb following the resignation of two Labour Councillors.

In a letter penned to the press he writes:

“I am a long serving member of Crawley Borough Council, with a personal history of service going back to 1983.

I have experienced many changes during these years of service, none though have been as difficult as the crisis we are going through now, with Covid 19.

Peter Lamb is the Leader, that this Town has been very fortunate to have had, in post. He has been a steady hand at the helm, when it was most needed.

We should realise and understand, how fortunate we have been, to have a leader, who has the skills and determination, to keep the people of this Town as safe as possible, at this terrible time.

All of Peter’s decisions have been made, on the grounds of Safety and in consultation with members. It is beyond my understanding that he could be accused of not consulting members, at any stage.

He has done this both with the public through his media contact and with members through our internet meetings, briefings and CBC Facebook. This has been an incredibly difficult time, as no physical meetings can take place, indeed the Town Hall has been closed for 3 Months now.

This has not been an easy time for communication. It should be appreciated that every one of us (members and officers) have been working under very difficult circumstances, This is not a time to criticise.

We all work together in the best interests of Crawley.

Peter’s door has always been open, to all who wish to talk to him, as it will continue to be.”

Yours Sincerely
Labour Cllr Chris Mullins

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