Crawley has a proud sense of community which manifests itself in so many different ways. I am delighted to become Cabinet Member for Community Engagement as I passionately believe in our town and what we can achieve together.
Our neighbourhood forums give local residents and businesses a strong voice to improve local neighbourhoods and campaign for new projects. Labour will ensure these forums are setup in every area across the town to give residents more of a say in local communities.
The successful events across the town which boost the local economy, provide excellent activities and deliver days or weekends which the town is famous for, should be supported and encouraged to blossom.
The hundreds of community groups from the scouts to sporting clubs provide places to socialise, offer new skills and nurture talent. These vital groups in every one of our neighbourhoods need support in cutting council red tape and given the chance to grow and be even more successful.
We have dedicated, resourceful people here in Crawley who put on exceptional events like High Street Live last Sunday, where thousands of people came to Crawley’s High Street to hear a string of live bands and acts whilst relaxing and dining in the sunshine. This week is the Crawley Festival with dozens of events celebrating Crawley culminating in Mainstage this Saturday from midday in Memorial Gardens -; Crawley’s biggest free arts and music festival, with workshops, food market, cultural kitchen and more.
Armed Forces Day is this Saturday in Queens Square from 10am till 12pm, an opportunity to show support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community with displays, music and refreshments, with money raised going to service charities.
Crawley has a great and proud history of a strong community and the new Labour council in Crawley will do everything it can to ensure it thrives.
Cllr Chris Oxlade, Labour Ifield and Ifield West
Cabinet member for Community Engagement