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“We are hugely grateful to the people of Crawley” – Peter Lamb, Leader of Crawley Borough Council

Leader of Crawley Borough Council expresses relief as Labour hold onto Crawley.

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Speaking to CN24 following their successful retention of Crawley Borough Council, Peter Lamb who also retained his place in Northgate with a majority of 99 votes, spoke openly and honestly about the result.

“We are hugely grateful to the people of Crawley who once again have put their trust in us to take the town forward.” he said.

When asked how Labour will continue to move Crawley forward he continued saying:

 “We intend to continue delivering affordable housing, better infrastructure, new career opportunities and maintaining services in the face of national cuts.”

With some wards won on such small margins it was clear why all the candidates had been so nervous throughout the count.

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But the Conservatives did have cause to smile as they closed the gap quite significantly with a gap of only 22 votes stray of winning two wards that could have dramatically changed the leadership.

Crawley Conservative MP Henry Smith said:

“I thank Conservative candidates and volunteers for their work in the Crawley Council elections so was disappointed we didn’t take the Town Hall administration but this was only by just 23 ballots across two wards.

I’m pleased though that Conservatives won the over all popular poll by over 1,600 ballots Borough-wide.”

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BREAKING NEWS: Hard shoulder could return to M23

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In a shocking turn a meeting with the Transport Secretary Grant Shapp with Crawley’s MP Henry Smith has revealed that the proposed new ‘Smart Motorway’ could be reverted back to a three lane plus hard shoulder one.

Meeting with the Transport Secretary and the Roads Minister Baroness Vere, Mr Smith expressed his concerns over the safety and construction period disruptions occuring on the M23.

It comes only a week after the Crawley MP raised the issue in the House Of Commons.

But in a meeting today the Transport Secretary revealed that an urgent review which is currently being undertaken could lead to the reinstatement of the hard shoulder along the M23.

Mr Smith said:

“I was pleased to hear the Transport Secretary give assurances that the works on the M23 will be expedited so there will not be another six month delay. I was also assured that the ongoing works will also take account of the review and if that means reinstating the hard shoulder or adding extra refuges and signage I would support it.”

Speaking exclusively to CN24 Mr Smith said that he had been assured that a decision on Smart Motorways would be made before the M23 works finished allowing whatever decision made on them to be implemented straight away.

The news will have a mixed reaction to the many commuters who use the M23 every day and have had to endure long queues.

But if the hard shoulder returns it will open new questions over the huge expense that many will see having been a waste of money.

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