The Tory Local Plan includes policies (policy CH6) to require that any developments that remove mature trees replace them.  And if the tree lost is a large one then several trees – up to eight – must be replanted.  Our Town was not officially a ‘Garden City’ as far as I know, but as a life-long environmentalist I have always been keen to see our Town kept ‘green’ with plenty of trees.  So this is a policy that I support. 

It’s a shame that the Tory group didn’t support it and their own Local Plan, last December.

The Tory Local Plan includes policies to create new ‘Local Green Spaces’ including Ifield Brook Meadows in my ward, Ifield (policy ENV3).  These and similar policies are important in protecting our Town from development in unwanted locations.  Without an approved Local Plan we will soon not be able to prevent developments on such sites.  So this is a policy that I support.

It’s a shame that the Tory group didn’t support it and their own Local Plan, last December.

The Tory Local Plan includes policies to encourage Sustainable design and construction (policy ENV6).  This would include things like putting solar PV panels on the roofs of new buildings.  A policy that would not only help us to ‘do our bit’ for global warming but would also save the occupants money.  This is a policy that I support.

It’s a shame that the Tory group didn’t support it and their own Local Plan, last December.

We have been left with a drifting, rudderless Tory leadership of the Council for far too long now.  The continued failures of the weak Tory leadership who have no drive, no ambition and no vision for our Town is exposing us to unwanted developments and only missed opportunities.  I think that the people of Crawley have recognised this now, and are ready for a revitalised, well organised and well?led Labour council; one that has a vision for the future of our Town and the energy, skills and ambition to deliver it.

R19_2911_small.jpgCllr Peter Smith

Labour Ifield and Ifield West

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