At every level the Conservatives hold power in Crawley, services are failing. That isn’t just the opinion of a Labour councillor, it’s played out in the pages of the Observer every week.
Despite the promises our MP made at the General Election, school underfunding has worsened, the extreme cuts proposed at Thomas Bennett highlighting the scale of the challenges now faced by every local school. Meanwhile, Crawley CCG, which pays for Crawley residents’ NHS treatment, has been in ‘Special Measures’ since last summer, for the first time risking the rationing of healthcare.
Things aren’t any better where the Tories hold power locally. Our Police Commissioner we’ve lost our dedicated neighbourhood PCSOs and police officers have become a rare sight. While the level of care Conservative West Sussex County Council can easily be seen by looking at the state of our Highways, where their lack of action on broken pavements, potholes and parking comes up on almost every doorstep.
It doesn’t have to be this way. Labour-run Crawley Borough Council has shown you don’t have to give in to cuts, instead you can raise the revenue we need to provide residents with the high quality services they deserve. The amount the borough spends on services today is the same as when Labour regained control of the council four years ago. It wasn’t easy, but we believe in public services and are willing to put in the work to protect them.
One example of this is the bins. We’re one of less than a quarter of councils still running a weekly bin collection, we restored the grass cuts the Tories got rid of and created an economic development team which is delivering Crawley’s first ever Jobs and Skills Plan. Beyond that, we’ve built 1,000 new affordable homes for local people, invested in new leisure opportunities and started the regeneration of the town centre.
That progress is now at risk. When you vote next month you have a choice: vote in the exact same people responsible for the state of Crawley’s Highways or re-elect Labour to keep building a better future for Crawley.
Cllr Tim Lunnon
Labour, Broadfield South