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Union calls day of action this Saturday to save Crawley Post Office

The Communication Workers Union has called the day of action across the country.

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The day is being supported by Crawley Labour and part of a nationwide campaign to halt closures like Crawley’s

Last week the CWU announced Saturday 1st December as a National Day of action across the UK as part of our campaign to fight Crown Office closures and build a stronger future for the Post Office.

One such event will be taking place this coming Saturday (1st) between 10am to 2pm outside CRAWLEY CROWN POST OFFICE, 7 THE BOULEVARD, RH10 1AA, with CWU members, local Labour Party members and supportive groups all set to join a mass protest. There will also be a public meeting to discuss the closure at 3pm in Crawley’s CIVIC HALL. Activists will be gathering signatures for the #SaveOurPostOffice campaign throughout the day.

Commenting on the plans CWU Branch Secretary Andy Morrey said:

“The Post Office is the heart of Crawley, and our union will fight to keep it open and ensure those services are there for many years to come. We urge as many members of the public as possible to join us on the day.”

CWU Regional Secretary Paul Carpenter said:

“This is a fight not only to protect local Post Offices now but to grow them in the future. We are calling for the introduction of a Post Bank so as major banks remove themselves from the High Street we can offer people an ethical and community based banking option.

We will also not sit idly by whilst well rewarded and unionised jobs are transferred into the minimum wage paying, bargain basement employer that is WHSmith. Having been voted consistently as the worst retailer on the High Street we believe WHSmith is not fit to house our vital postal services – join us on December 1st if you agree.”

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Crawley Council object to Gatwick Master Plan after airport says majority of residents approve it.

In a vote held at Full Council the majority voted to object to the proposed plans put forward by Gatwick.

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There seems to be a rift between what the Council think is right and what the residents do.

Only a week ago a poll commissioned by the airport stated that three quarters of residents polled were in favour of the master plan.

But in a full council held last night, the majority vote was against the proposal.

Realistically the result is no surprise as the Council had made their feelings clear in previous years objecting to the second runway.

Interestingly it was only a year ago that the Council voted to allow for the building of the new Boeing hangar, a new hub that would allow maintenance of aircraft from across Europe.  Whilst the hangar would not increase air traffic in the same way, its approval was given after many councillors stated how it would bring much needed jobs and revenue into the area.

So there is a hunger for building, improving and growing resources at Gatwick but not it seems with increasing passenger numbers.

Whilst the majority of councillors who spoke did support Gatwick there was a real concern that the growth proposed would have too much of a detrimental affect on the environment.

Only this morning Gatwick published a press release where they said the airport had seen a 3% reduction in its noise footprint to the previous year.  They said that this was in part to their initiative to modify the A320, an aircraft most used at Gatwick.  They also say that 30% of its fleet will comprise quieter aircraft by 2022.

But these findings have fallen on deaf ears with the council and also objection groups including CAGNE (Communities Against Gatwick Noise and Emissions) who this week demanded that the airport disclose the safety incidents that have already occurred whilst using the emergency runway when the main runway is closed for maintenance.

A Gatwick spokesperson said:

“It is disappointing that the Council does not recognise the economic boost our plans would deliver for future generations, including thousands of jobs, new global connections and opportunities for local businesses. The decision also appears out of touch with the views of residents surveyed across Sussex in a recent independent YouGov poll, who overwhelmingly support Gatwick growing within its existing footprint (74%), with only 16% opposed.

“Local economic prosperity cannot be taken for granted and neither can the important role Gatwick plays in Crawley. While disappointed at this decision, we will consider the views of everyone who responds to our consultation before publishing our final master plan next year.”

 

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