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Petition almost doubles overnight as residents fight back against planned loss of right turn from Three Bridges Station

Three Bridges Station has had plans awaiting approval for a large renovation of the station, parking and access ways.

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Artist impression of what the station access could look like.

Since the proposals were announced many residents noticed how the right hand turn from the station was to be removed.

According to the proposals drawn up, the planners had deemed that not enough people left the station in an easterly direction and that those that did would now only have to drive almost up to a mile in order to access a roundabout and return in the direction they originally wanted.

The proposal states that any right (east) turn out of the station will no longer be made available and those wishing to head in that direction will now have two choices. The first will be to drive all the way Haslett Ave and go around the Holiday Inn and Harvester before coming back on yourself, whilst the alternative is to head down Hazelwick Ave and use the rounabout outside Tesco to turn around.

Whilst the proposal suggests this would only add minutes to a journey it does not state how much extra this would cost those using taxis or the added fuel cost that would add up with every day use.

A epetition against this change went live on Crawley Council’s website and by the 5th Jan had amassed over 300 signatures. But in just under 24hrs this number has risen to over 650.

The changes in the proposal are scheduled for a debate in the next full council which is scheduled in Febuary before it will then head for a final decision.

The full proposal document can be viewed by clicking here.

The epetition against the proposed loss of right hand turn is available here.

Henry Smith

Henry Smith MP: Poppy Appeal 2020

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In his article this week, Crawley MP Henry Smith looks to raise awareness of the importance of continuing support for the Royal British Legion:

Throughout the course of this year we have seen so many aspects of day-to-day life affected by COVID-19, with few being more poignant than the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.

With the pandemic impacting some of the more traditional and familiar ways we remember, I am keen to raise awareness of how we can continue to support the Royal British Legion in a safe and socially distant manner.

  • Poppies in the Post: The Royal British Legion’s website allows you to request 20 poppies free of charge, which can be distributed to friends and neighbours. Many of the volunteers who usually distribute more than 40 million poppies annually are unable to do so this year, so we are being asked to step in to support the Armed Forces community and ensure their contribution to our country is not forgotten. Please remember to make a donation to the Royal British Legion after requesting your poppies.
  • Printable Poppy: Unfortunately, large scale gatherings at the Cenotaph in London, at memorials across Crawley and around the country to pay our respects will be restricted to a smaller number of representatives. The Royal British Legion have therefore launched the Printable Poppy – an A4 poster which can be displayed at home, perhaps in the front window – for us to show our support.
  • My Poppy Run: A further consequence of COVID-19 are the changes to the My Poppy Run events which are usually held in October and November. Due to social distancing, these are taking place virtually, with participants being able to run, jog or walk while raising money.
  • Visit the local supermarket: The Royal British Legion have confirmed that supermarkets including Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Morrisons, Aldi and Asda, in addition to online retailers such as Amazon and eBay, as well as Lloyds Bank and Santander are supporting the 2020 Poppy Appeal. Each location has a number of cashless donation options, and Morrisons and Sainsbury’s offer customers an option to add a donation to their shopping bill.
  • Poppy Shop: With products ranging from poppy pins and jewellery, to clothing, stationery and homeware, 100 per cent of profits from the Poppy Shop go towards the Royal British Legion’s work to support the Armed Forces community.
  • Donate online or by text: The Legion’s website allows supporters to make a donation online, or by sending a text message to donate £2, £5 or £10.

While the ways our country reflects and remembers will undoubtedly feel different, the message remains the same. The sense of duty of all in the Armed Forces community will never be forgotten.

Henry Smith MP
Crawley Constituency

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