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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.

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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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