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Works begins today as Three Bridges gets brightened up with new mural

In honour of the upgrading of Three Bridges Station, it was decided to create a mural on the theme of Railways, to be painted on the central pillar of the bridge at the station.

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Local schools were approached for pictures and designs with Three Bridges Primary, Pound Hill Junior. Milton Mount and Maidenbower all responding to the request and forwarded art work from their students.

Work begins on the mural.

In the end five pictures were then selected and forwarded to the artist who selected one from each school.

The Artist is Lionel Stanhope who is experienced with producing such murals.

He devised a picture using excerpts from the pictures and work to paint this on the central pillar of Thre Bridges Station which will begin on 19th August.

Cllr Brenda Burgess who came up with the idea said:

“A huge thanks to  Network Rail for funding this project and to Mr Eddie Burton of Network Rail who helped to procure the funding. A huge thanks too to Lionel Stanhope who has undertaken this exciting project.”

At the same time as this project was being initiated, Oriel High School were asked to produce pictures for the station underpass on the theme of Journeys. This was a competition and two winners were chosen. One won a ride in the train simulator and the other won tickets to be used on the rail network.

Cllr Burgess added:

“Our thanks to all those involved in both projects and a special thanks to the children and staff from the various schools who participated. It is hoped to celebrate all the children’s work in the near future by displaying them locally,  probably at Gatwick. Meanwhile look out for the pictures from Oriel to be displayed along the Station Underpass and of course, look out for The Bridge Picture!”

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Give Crawley back its police, demands towns council leader

Crawley Council Leader Peter Lamb has called for the Prime Minister to return funding to Crawley’s police after he says new figures show cuts to police budgets are much higher than the new funding recently announced.

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In a press statement Cllr Lamb says that Sussex Police have lost 32.3% of their funding from central government, leaving local policing in a weakened state.

Speaking about the state of policing in Crawley, Cllr Lamb said:

“Following the loss of frontline officers, crime and antisocial behaviour are now the top issues residents raise with me on the doorstep. They are tired of seeing it in our town centre and across Crawley’s neighbourhoods. Only the police have the power to end the decline and only the Government has the funding to give us the officers we need.

“We deserve more from our Prime Minister than empty promises, it’s time he learnt to keep his word and gave Crawley back its police.”

Crawley Labour adds that this news comes on the back of recent revelations that despite 98% of police officers lost from the service in recent years having been cut from the frontline, around 7,000 police recruits will never see frontline duty.

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