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West Sussex Council leader responds to Crawley demands on cuts: “It’s important that local authorities work together to find a solution”

Responding to the public outcry surrounding the news that proposed financial cuts could lead to places like Crawley’s Open House closing, the leader of West Sussex County Council has penned a statement.

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This comes just a day after Crawley Council Leader Peter Lamb posted a copy of a letter he sent to Ms Goldsmith detailing how if such cuts were to go ahead, then Crawley’s relationship with West Sussex would end.  You can read the letter here.

And only this morning, another revelation came to light when it appeared that Nathan Elvery, Chief Exec for West Sussex County Council was showing his support for Open House by liking a tweet from Cllr Peter Lamb.  Read the story here.

CN24 contacted West Sussex County Council to ask for a response from Ms Goldsmith.

Louise Goldsmith, Leader of West Sussex County Council said:

“I acknowledge that supported housing projects help a number of vulnerable people including those who are homeless, rough sleepers and ex-offenders. We no longer have dedicated funding for housing support from central government and the services we provide are not statutory unlike many others which are under pressure. We recognise that making savings in this area could lead to an increase in pressure on other services in the long-run and we will work closely with our partners in the voluntary sector and other local authorities to find ways to keep the impact of any funding changes to a minimum.

“It’s important to emphasise that no decisions have been taken on where potential savings can be made and we will open consultation on the future funding of these services this month which will allow us to hear from affected stakeholders before any final decisions are made.

“Local authorities across the country are having to make really difficult decisions about how to spend their ever decreasing finances and West Sussex is no exception. We simply do not have the money to continue delivering the services we currently deliver in the same way and we want to have a really open conversation with our residents about the decisions we have to make around spending their money.

“It’s important that local authorities work together to find a solution to the financial pressures we face and I am committed to supporting and helping the housing authorities in West Sussex – our district and boroughs – together with housing charities, to tackle this very complex issue.”

You can read how this all started here.

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“WOW!” audience reaction as Crawley School takes over The Capitol Horsham

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It’s school production season as Crawley’s Holy Trinity School take over the Capitol in Horsham (YES THEY ACTUALLY HAVE TAKEN OVER THE THEATRE!) with their production of The Wizard of Oz.

So we thought what better way to get a review than by sending the perfect audience, mother and son Tina and Reece, to go check it out and wow did they have fun!


From Reece’s and I’s arrival at the theatre the atmosphere was buzzing with anticipation and when we finally took our seats the excitement in the audience was immense. 

Suddenly the curtain rises and from the moment the first words of the young actress playing Dorothy were spoken she had captured our imagination and we were off on a journey. 

All the actors had so much energy, passion and belief in their characters and roles, which truly resonated throughout the auditorium and the audience.

At the interval Reece and I were lucky enough to meet some of the lead actors backstage and have a chat with them with Reece leading the questions:

Some of the cast who chatted to Reece and Tina

REECE: Was it hard acting it all Out?

DOROTHY: “It was hard at first when we started but as time went on and we learnt our places and lines it got easier, but we have so much fun”

REECE: How did you find putting on your costumes and make up?

COWARDLY LION: “Its a rush to put it on, my costume is double layered so extremely hard to get on. I also helped with some of the others make up as sometimes its easier when we do each others.”

REECE: How easy was it to learn your characters?

WHOLE CAST: “We had a brilliant teacher, Miss O’neil who did a really good job of casting the right people for the right parts and we were all a bit unsure at the time. But we gave it a try and we all really settled into and really fell in love with them.”

REECE: Were you scared or nervous about performing in front of lots of people you didnt know?

SCARECROW: “We were at first, but we’ve all got each others backs so if anything did go wrong we would cover for them and hopefully no-one would notice.”

TIN MAN: “It is nerve racking at the time but you believe in your character and the others you’re on stage with and weve spent so much time together we’ve become a family so we’ve all helped each other”

Reece and I also had the pleasure of meeting some “munchkins” who had come from another school and were very keen to be involved saying they’d also learnt a lot by doing workshops with the year 6’s and and since their rehearsals started early October every Monday-Tuesday and Wednesday they’d bonded as friends and loved every minute of their performance(s).

The second half of the show was just as great as the first and you really felt immersed in the story at every stage.

9-year-old Reece absolutely loved the show

Reece and I absolutely loved the show, in-fact wow, it was fantastic. It was put together with such professionalism and it was such a pleasure to experience a production by children and young adults bonding to create not just an evening of entertainment but a journey of friendship and long may they continue to do so. We are already looking forward to any future production they do.

Well done to everybody involved and thank you for having us .’


The show at The Captiol Theatre runs until this Sat 29th with shows at 7:30 each evening and a matinee at 2:30 on Saturday.

Tickets are available on the Capitol Theatre Website by clicking here and are £15 for adults or £10 for U16, students and OAP.

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