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

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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

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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