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Petition to re-build bridges in Ifield Brook Meadows delivered to Crawley Council



A 100-signature Petition – “Re-Building Bridges” – was delivered to the Crawley Town Hall at 2pm yesterday (August 14th) by resident Richard Symonds.

The Petition calls for the re-building of two wooden bridges in Ifield Brook Meadows, a space newly-designated by Crawley Borough Council as ‘Local Green Space’ for its 70th Anniversary.

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According to Mr Symonds who organised the petition, the original bridges were dismantled by the Homes and Communities Agency 8 years ago (2009), thus preventing access to the most beautiful part of the Meadows – The Riverbank Walk.

A bridge similar to the one taken down 8 years ago.

The Ifield Society has been organising local community ‘Summer Ramblettes’, short walks, every Saturday to this ‘hidden gem’, with the last Ramblette being this Saturday (August 19th) from the Plough in Ifield Village at 12 Noon [to 1pm].

This Petition has also been organised so the two bridges can be re-built before the end of this year – the town’s 70th.

My Symonds then hopes more people in the local community can fully enjoy the newly-protected ‘Local Green Space’ of Ifield Brook Meadows – with its beautiful Riverbank Walk.

Ifield Councillor and Cabinet Member for Planning & Economic Development confirmed they had received the petition and also pledged to investigate and work with the local community to resolve the matter.


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  1. Patsy Kettle

    16th August 2017 at 11:28 am

    I would like to support the petition calling for the rebuilding of the two bridges in Ifield Brook Meadows. I have recently had the very good experience of walking in the area with my two dogs. We all thoroughly enjoyed it, until it came to crossing the river. With the dismantled bridges it was precarious (for me, not the dogs!), to get across. However, we managed it and had the delight of seeing more of this lovely area along the Riverbank Walk.
    I strongly urge that the bridges dismantled by The Homes and Communities Agency (for what reason……?) should be rebuilt. It is a beautiful walk which is too little known.

  2. Councillor Francis Guidera, Tilgate

    16th August 2017 at 1:52 pm

    It is wonderful to see Richard has organised this petition and I strongly agree with his demand to see the bridges rebuilt. One of the greatest things about Crawley is, despite being built up and densely populated we have incredible green spaces, with bodies of water, forest, woodland and fields all over the town. We owe it to future generations to preserve what we have and to those here now to make it accessible too.

  3. Linda Line

    16th August 2017 at 9:09 pm

    I have been on two walks now to this beautiful area that Richard has organised. Although I lived in Ifield for years never knew this lovely Riverbank walk was there. It’s is very difficult to access without the bridges and needed help to get across the river. Would never be able to go there on my own as impossible to cross without helping hands! PLEASE PLEASE put the bridges back so I can show my grandchildren this lovely part of Ifield. Thank you.

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The ITV show is holding auditions at The Hawth this month.



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