I wonder which town Henry Smith MP was writing about in his column last week? There was not much in the piece that I recognised as applying to Crawley.
When we took over on 13th June Town Centre North had effectively been dead for over a year, eight years of Conservative control meant there was nothing left for us to scrap. We, on the other hand, are in the process of putting real town centre regenerisation plans into shape, working alongside council officers and local stakeholders to produce a strategy focused on the future.
Labour will focus on improving Queens Square’s infrastructure, finding a solution for the market, seeking more residential development in the town centre, encouraging building owners to undertake improvement works, hosting events, installing wi-fi across the town centre, and using better co-ordinated marketing to help attract more footfall into town. Specific details will be publicised as the project progresses and we will be consulting with residents, retailers, property owners and visitors throughout the process. If any readers have a good idea I’d be very happy to hear from them.
I hope that Mr Smith is not going to pursue this silly mud slinging approach, based on no facts. I, for one, will be trying to treat the public as grown-ups and present only facts to residents. Watch this space, as they say!
Cllr Peter Smith Crawley Borough Council (Lab, Ifield)Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Development