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‘Talk Ifield’ is back as plans for 10k new homes is announced



Following the postponement last November and with Homes England now announcing that there are plans to build 10,000 new homes to the west of Ifield, a special meeting has been arranged for the 22nd January.

Being held at Elim Church in Ifield from 7pm till 8:30pm, the open meeting is a chance for residents to provide a Crawley-focussed planning perspective on Homes England’s proposals as well as to consider what the next steps should be and what the key issues arising from these plans are.

There has already been a lot of interest around this decision and as a result people are being asked to arrived promptly due to the limited space within the Church.

Mark Sudan, Chair of the ‘Talk Ifield’ Management Committee, said:

“At our last ‘Talk Ifield’ open forum back in September, we promised to hold a special open forum as soon as possible on Homes England’s controversial proposal to build 10,000 new homes to the west of Ifield over the coming few years.

Our meeting on 22nd January will therefore be a timely opportunity to hear directly from our local Councillors and other community representatives about what Homes England’s plans will mean for us and our neighbourhood, and to start the discussion about how we should respond to them.

We are looking forward to a good turnout on 22nd January, and so I would urge anyone who is interested to be at Elim Church in good time to ensure they can take their seat before we get started at 7.00pm sharp”.

The meeting is for local councillors and residents only and will be taking place afterward Homes England’s own series of public engagement roadshows taking place.

Talk Ifield takes place from 7.00pm to 8.30pm on Wednesday, 22nd January at Elim Church, The Mardens, Ifield, Crawley RH11 0HD


Dispersal Order for Tilgate Park from Friday 5th June



Crawley Council Leader Peter Lamb has announced that a dispersal order is to be in place from 5th June.

Speaking on his weekly live stream on Facebook Councillor Lamb said:

“We also now have a dispersal order in place in Tilgate Park from tomorrow morning in response to the poor behaviour we have seen in there over recent weeks.

This will give police the immediate power to kick people out and deal with fines if they dont move. Most people are very well behaved but it is the few that make it incredibly difficult.”

What does this mean?

A dispersal power will give the police the power to disperse individuals or groups causing or likely to cause ASB in public places.

Police officers will be able to require a person to leave an area and not return for up to 48 hours.

Fines can apply for those who do not comply and in very serious situations a prison term is also an option.

With police patrols increasing through the Tilgate Park area it is hoped this additional measure will help alleviate problems.

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