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Local residents asked to help save original pub in Crawley Down

The Save the Pub Team in Crawley Down are asking local residents for support as the application to convert the plot to a smaller pub and 8 flats is being considered by MSDC.

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L-R, Tim Burberry, Mark Dixon, Mike Barter, Peter Mills, Hannah Billings, John Sullivan

The Royal Oak Pub in Crawley Down (on the Worth way) has been closed since Feb 2015 leaving the 6000 resident community without a pub.

To residents it also removed a stop for walkers and cyclists where they could have for a drink, lunch or a rest while on the Worth Way.

It has been at the very heart of the village from the very beginning and a much loved landmark in the village.

When it was open it used to be the focal point for social events, celebrations, street parties and Christmas festivities. With its history going back to the arrival of the Railway and the start of the growth of the community in Crawley Down.

To many it is probably the most important heritage building in the village.

But a recent application for planning will see the original pub reduce in size and the remaining land around it turned into flats.

Proposed front
Proposed side

The team are insisting that MSDC demand a viability study for the new pub and say:

“It is not possible to say whether the pub will work with a smaller footprint, no beer garden, no parking and surrounded by 8 flats whose residents may not appreciate live bands, quizzes and beer festivals, all of which help make a pub viable”

They are asking local residents to help them with support against the application.

More information can be found on their website here or on their facebook page here.

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‘End the Rail Rip-Off’ says Crawley Council Leader

The call comes just as prices have been announced to increase for another year.

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Cllr Peter Lamb who is also the Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Crawley has called for an end to the ‘Rail Rip-Off’ after it was announced that rail fares are to increase for another year.

Cllr Lamb says that the price of a season ticket between Three Bridges and central London has risen by over £1,100 since the Conservatives returned to Government while at the same time average real wages have fallen.

His call comes as more commuters question the quality of the services they are enduring with more and more taking to social media to complain of the lack of facilities and delays.

Cllr Peter Lamb, said:

“Like many residents, I depend upon the rail network to get to work. I know the frustration of being asked to pay out more and more every year for a service that just keeps getting worse. It’s time we had MPs who were willing to end the Rail Rip-Off and give the public back control over the nation’s railways.“

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