In the last few months we have been pleased to work more closely with the County Council in Chichester towards securing additional public investment for Crawley. This has resulted in the release of a joint ‘Growth Plan’ which identifies schemes where the County Council will work with us at Crawley Borough Council to deliver major investment in infrastructure across Crawley.
Chichester is over an hour away by train and we have often felt that Crawley has not featured highly enough on West Sussex County Council’s priority list meaning that it has not always been easy to get the County council to address Crawley’s concerns and issues. For our part we have consistently taken a very firm position in favour of Crawley’s needs whether they be of our residents or our businesses and at last it seems that our voice is being heard. We have both urgent and longer-term issues needing addressing in Crawley including regeneration of the Town Centre, improvements to transportation in Manor Royal Business District and the need to address people’s skills. We identified these in the Labour manifesto in 2014 and have been working consistently to deliver on our pledges since then. The Growth Plan is a sign that we are making progress with these objectives for Crawley. We are not there yet but are determined to succeed.
Our progress working with the County Council has been made possible because of a strong and clear Crawley voice, led by your Labour council. This voice has been consistently supported by our Labour colleagues on West Sussex County Council who have helped to make Crawley’s voice heard in Chichester over the last four years. Crawley’s Council is the only organisation that speaks for the whole of Crawley, including our residents and businesses -; we need the help and support of Labour councillors in Chichester to continue to make this happen and to help us deliver on the ‘Crawley Growth Plan’.
Cllr Peter Smith -; Labour Ifield and Ifield West
Cabinet member for Planning and Economic Development