Crawley My Home Town: 3 REASONS WHY I WILL BE OUTSIDE CRAWLEY TOWN HALL AT MIDDAY TODAY – WITH A PLACARD “PARTY-POLITICAL COUNCILLORS VOTED FOR CUTS & CLOSURES. VOTE ACCORDINGLY. VOTE THURSDAY”

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3 REASONS WHY I WILL BE OUTSIDE CRAWLEY TOWN HALL AT MIDDAY TODAY –WITH A PLACARD “PARTY-POLITICAL COUNCILLORS VOTED FOR CUTS & CLOSURES. VOTE ACCORDINGLY. VOTE THURSDAY” Pictures displayed by Street Democracy.

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Crawley Town Hall- The Boulevard, Crawley, West Sussex. It is a Tory run council.

1. Party-politics has no place in local politics. The people in the community come first, not the political party.

2. Party-politics caused these insane ‘Cuts & Closures’ because councillors put their political party first – not the people in the
local community which they are supposed to represent.

3. Party-politics created the ‘Whipped Vote’ at County Hall last February on Valentine’s Day, which has caused the problems we are now seeing in our local communities*. All 44 party-political councillors voted for these insane ‘Cuts & Closures’. Not one disagreed with this moral insanity. Not even one abstained. Why? Because they put their party first, not the people they represent.

This political decision requires a moral and political response. That means we must vote on Thursday. We must vote for our children’s sake –and for our future.

If we care enough, we will vote on Thursday.

*Cuts to the Crawley Lifeline Service – a critical service for the
elderly & vulnerable.
*Closures to Crawley’s Children & Family Centre Sessions – a lifeline
support to many Mums with their babies.

Yours sincerely

Richard W. Symonds
Independent Candidate for Ifield

Or tweet: Gatwick City ofIdeas https://twitter.com/GatwickCity

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Dear Editor


There will be a “Cuts & Closures” follow-up protest today (Mon) from Midday to 1pm, outside Crawley Town Hall.

Follow-up to Dec 16 2013 protest : “‘ Suffering and more deaths’ to follow cuts”
http://www.wscountytimes.co.uk/news/local/legality-of-county-council-cuts-challenged-in-horsham-protest-1-5755224

A small placard will read : “Councillors Voted For ‘Cuts & Closures’ On Valentine’s Day. Vote Accordingly On Thursday”


Yours sincerely
Richard W. Symonds

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Cuadrilla gets green light for oil test at Balcombe

Cuadrilla gets green light for oil test at Balcombe

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Fracking is the extinction button these gluttonous greedy and venal politicians are willing to press and will change the laws to suit so they can industrialised fracking to its maximum!

 Street Democracy writes:

For latest up to date information on Cuadrilla please scroll to the end of this story for information received today from Change.org

 (Update about ‘Balcombe Drilling: Cease the oil exploration activities of Cuadrilla in Balcombe.’ on Change.org)

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Our sore and wounded planet is being further ruthlessly exploited by gluttonous corrupt capitalist’s model of destruction and pain for us all and for their profits.

This is the extinction button waiting and wilfully demanding it be pushed by the gluttonous greed or corporations today.

It is DNA damaging for all life concerned.

For our local wildlife, for our natural water table it is the essential life giving natural resources that is being seriously threatened by unaccountable heavy weight bureaucrats, a dysfunctional corrupt and ravishing commerce.

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Public opinion is being disrespected, democracy is in tatters over this fracking and many other issues too.

In fact our ruling elites are impervious to outside interference and treating the voices of the public as hermetically as they can.

Closing the avenues of democracy and herding opinions that don’t match theirs in some place the mainstream media can’t or won’t get too.

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You can’t make this up!

It is an outrage and total disgrace towards a country where elites send fit and healthy men and women out to other countries to blow them up, machine gun down and obliterate their political infrastructure to bring the democracy and yet we are denied this very process here.

There is legitimate rage, legitimate anger and legitimate fear and fracking is in the centre and needs to be halted to listen to the people speaking out at this.

Our sore and plundered planet is being pushed to create even more death zones as the inability of corporate monsters are in denial about the toxic pollution fracking has and will cause.

The industrialisation of fracking must be stopped.

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Corporations will never halt their wealth accumulation tactics of exploiting earth, destroying her eco-system and fast tracking our planet to mass extinction by toxic chemicals polluting our water.

This aggressive method of extracting shale gas entangled in a web of greed and political venal politicians desires is creating a bitter conflict by the get rich from destroying our lands to the innately decent people who fight this.

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Balcombe is experiencing such an aggressive attack a dirty engine of corrupt capitalism of ceaseless expansion and economic exploitation.

They are bringing a model of moribund of death and dying upon our locals lands and all for money and profit.

This psychopathic attitude has to stop!

For more on the story of returning to Balcombe click here for the Guardian or continue to read:

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Cuadrilla gets green light for oil test at Balcombe

Shale gas explorer gets approval from county council to test oil flow rates at site that saw anti-fracking protests

A view of the drill site operated by Cuadrilla Resources Ltd on 17 August, 2013 in Balcombe, West Sussex.
A view of the drill site operated by Cuadrilla Resources Ltd on 17 August, 2013 in Balcombe, West Sussex. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

UK shale gas exploration company Cuadrilla has been given the green light to test oil extraction in Balcombe, the West Sussex village that sawmajor anti-fracking protests last summer.

At a planning committee meeting that had to be adjourned at one point due to people disrupting it, West Sussex county council approved the company’s application to undertake tests to see how fast oil would flow at a site on the outskirts of the village.

The committee’s decision at County Hall North in Horsham on Tuesday was announced to cries of “shame on you” by some residents. Over 100 people attended the meeting.

Heidi Brunsdon, chairman of the committee, said: “I thought the debate was robust. Members gave all the issues a good airing and the further conditions we agreed might not go as far as some would have wanted, but we feel they were proportionate and fair in addressing the issues that members of the committee had surrounding this application.” Monitoring of light and sound from the site were two of the conditions imposed on the approval.

Cuadrilla submitted a planning application in January for an oil flow test at the well it drilled last year.

For more on the return of to Balcombe click here for: Guardian or continue reading Change.org latest information. Street Democracy.

Change.org Progress Report on the Balcombe Campaign,

Thank you for all those who sent in comments to WSCC or lobbied their Councillors. Cuadrilla’s application for planning permission to flow-test their Balcombe well (acid wash and flare) will be decided on Tuesday 29th April by West Sussex County Council’s planning committee. 10.30 start, 12.30 end of the Cuadrilla case, in the Park Suite, County Hall North, Chart Way, Horsham, RH12 1XH. At this meeting we intend to present this petition (although it will continue to grow we hope, in case of further applications). The current total, including our paper copies is 5445, a big thank you to all who have signed! The decision will be made at the end of this meeting, after which we will be able to give you more information on how we intend to proceed with our campaign.

You may also wish to sign this anti-fracking petition from Greenpeace, endorsed by 38 degrees, WWF and a number of other notable bodies, which comes in the wake of Cameron’s wish to change legislation to allow companies to drill under our land without permission.

https://secure.greenpeace.org.uk/fracking-petition-1

‘Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little’.
-Edmund Burke

Best Wishes,
The No Fracking in Balcombe Society.

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My Home Town Crawley: Former leader of Crawley Borough Council accuses fellow councillors of behaving like toddlers

Former leader of Crawley Borough Council accuses fellow councillors of behaving like toddlers by Crawley News

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Bedroom Tax victims received spiteful remarks too from some of the Tory Councillors that Tory Cllr Claire Denman is talking about-why isn’t something done about this? It kills our local democracy.

Street Democracy writes:

The boundaries of local democracy fade in Crawley.

Persistent local Tory Councillor’s counter attack principles and methodology towards social citizenship rip’s the soul of democracy away.

What isn’t surprising is how they also use the attack principle towards their own Tory colleagues.

 

However, Councillor Claire Denamn a Tory Councillor is shocked to receive insults from her colleagues, by other local Tory Councillors despite her being a Tory Councillor herself.

 

Shocked at how they don’t just play the spiteful blame game of unequivocal opposition and bigotry towards Labour Councillors, as some local Tory Councillor’s do it to members of the public also, and its not the first time towards their own political party.

Maybe now Cllr Claire Denman will appreciate the devastating effects it has when some of her colleagues spit towards us, the public, who have no power, and are completely defenceless.

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Some of the poor in Crawley feel socially and politically excluded. Including all vulnerable groups, from the disabled poor, the working poor, the unemployed, those unable to contribute towards working full time alienated and demonised.

It really does discourage local political thought, local critical thinking to exercise a healthy localised democracy, as it exacerbates social enmity providing nothing more than a political hostile environment for us to embrace.

 

It is no wonder many residents don’t get involved with local politics when local Tory Councillors are so antagonistic.

However, I doubt Cllr Denman comments will change anything and anyway, as a Deputy Leader of Crawley Borough Council, if she is insulted with her powerful position, then it says a lot for the average resident of Crawley.

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Local Councillors are servants to us, the political leaders are servants to local Councillors-it isn’t the other way round.

 

Also if Cllr Denman felt so strongly about certain attitudes, then she would or should, have addressed this matter at the time, but never did.

In fact she is as guilty for sitting back and let her colleagues rip into members of the public with sarcasm and mockery.

This occurred over the Bedroom Tax and Social Housing Tenants concerns over evictions.

The whole process of Benefit Cuts is extremely worrying for many families suffering from financial scarcity and worries of perpetual debt plus rent arrears.

We were met with no empathy, and thrown sterile statistical data back at us, and the blame card was always issued – ‘it’s Labour’s fault’ scenario.

We experienced a rough but sophisticated localised repressive political apparatus that created a collective despair for all of us.

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The Tory-Labour bitch back and throwing is a pointless waste of energy during meetings-unnecessary and time wasting-especially when it is aimed at the public. Why is it allowed even?

Why not publicly complain and let us clean up our local social democracy and our local democratic political infrastructure so we the people are not insulted for daring to attend meetings and speak our minds and exercise critical thought?

As a member of the public and resident of Crawley, when ever we tried to practice democracy, we too received insults from some of the local Tory Councillor’s.

When attending Crawley Town Hall public meetings we are allowed to have 30 minutes to ask questions. We are dictated too however in a stern voice, that our questions may not be answered or if they are we may not be allowed to respond.

It isn’t much of a democracy of encouraging local political innovation to me.

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Tory Councillors need to stop regurgitating what their leaders spout and listen to people and get back in touch with poverty issues in Crawley.

 

It is intimidating, cold and stern as if they don’t want you to waste their time asking stupid questions.

It is as if they don’t want you to disturb the agenda so they can have an easy evening and be done with the public.

We are then silenced for the rest of the public meeting while listening to the Councillors of all parties in their representative democracy.

It is here when we the public are not allowed to speak, or we get thrown out, or the police are called or these Councillors just get up and walk out as they have done before over the public’s very legitimate outrage of the Bedroom Tax.

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Our Tory Govt is out of touch so repeating out what they say isn’t going to relate to the local.

So our democracy is really 30 minutes and the Mayor has often closed this time lime before, that really upset the public.

When we question the reduce time we are threatened, jeered at by some Tory Councillor’s all smirking and just rude.

However during the meeting our questions would be sarcastically brought up by some Tory Councillor’s so rude and obnoxious, that they hurt and cause offence to us.

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I have seen people walk out because of Tory Councillors mocking them during the meetings-spewing out sarcasm and upsetting locals who won’t ever return and killing our local democracy because of it.

So this statement from the ex-Deputy Leader of Crawley Council by her own Tory party isn’t of any surprise and yes clearly they have lost touch.

Some Tory Councillors would spit back towards the public knowing how desperate some were to get answers and mock them in gesture.

Mocking is the word, as their attitude is ‘nothing we can do’ with a smirk on their face.

Many residents would get up mortified and upset by the slandering insults during the meeting and it kills democracy.

The last public meeting I attended, there were 5 of us, including me, instead of 90 and one of them was a small boy with his father.

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It is scary of how out of touch some Councillor’s are. Snobbery fills the public chamber when some of them walk in. Some shouldn’t be Councillor’s. Whether this picture is a true account as Cllr Marshall-Ascough claims it isn’t when we spoke-it is in my view symbolic of how some of the Tory Councillor’s view poverty in Crawley.

It is the rudeness, the sarcasm and the mocking that is allowed at the Town Hall and when you complain you are ignored.

Please read: Conservative councillor says he doesn’t believe anyone in Crawley is going hungry as Labour calls for food bank in Town Hall

Please read: 55,000 food parcels a year handed out to struggling Crawley families – as row continues over whether town needs extra food bank

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People in Crawley are missing meals-disabled people are going without food to keep spare bedroom for essential equipment-penalised and demonised for daring to hoard a room of 6ft x 5ft are in perpetual debt and rent arrears. Street Democracy


Please read: Labour councillor claims Crawley families are £2,900 worse off than in 2010

I sent an email regarding the abysmal exercise of democracy at Crawley Town Hall, Crawley Borough Council and about the unprofessional conduct of some of Tory Councillor’s behaviour.

I emailed twice and got no reply back, nothing and was ignored.

It is further interesting that Cllr Denman has accused the Tory Councillor’s of ‘losing their humanity and acting like toddlers’, loosing humanity towards other people and loosing touch with reality’ is precisely how we feel too.

However, her words are printed, and no doubt will be commented on. Our words of similar anger are ignored.

It is a sham of a democracy in Crawley sometimes when issues of hardship are mentioned and then ridiculed especially with the Tory leadership’s antagonistic demonisation methodology towards the poor is outrageous.

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No democracy, no chance with Tory Henry Smith MP. Voted for Bedroom Tax, Benefit Cuts-Student fee increases, ATOS and sympathises with local Fracking-enough said. He’ll pray for the poor at St.Paul’s church in Crawley, but votes to impoverish them further-hypocritical is what I say.

Some of the members of the Tory’ Councillors of Crawley have lost touch with reality for sure, we could have told Claire Denman this when we as a community regularly attending Crawley meetings.

All we got was a regurgitation of the ‘Punishing State’ their Tory leaders have created and tough luck attitude towards us.

I know of individuals who have had private meetings with Crawley Borough Council to be driven to tears and met with nothing but harsh dialogue.

It is interesting how her son is important, how her home life is important and how she is angry at her fellow Tory Councillors for not showing her the respect she felt she deserved.

How about the Broadfield amputee who is in chronic pain, cannot breath and needs his own spare bedroom to sleep apart from his wife, is targeted as a ‘scrounger’ and ‘lazy’ as he was financially slaughtered, ridiculed by ATOS and Crawley Homes, demanded he pay the Bedroom Tax?

He received the same treatment as everyone else and was even lied to by Henry Smith MP who said he wouldn’t have to pay it.

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No empathy, death-dealing politics and victims in Crawley have no voice, nothing has changed and policies have got worse. People in Crawley are missing meals to compensate for the benefit cuts and we need support not demonisation.

 

This innately decent Social Housing Tenant with severe disabilities has to pay Bedroom Tax and stil does. He’ll never work again and is desperately poor selling his possessions to pay back debt of his permanent rent arrears.

For more on some home truths about Crawley’s social democracy click here for the Crawley News or continue to read.

STEPPED DOWN:  Claire Denman has resigned from Crawley Borough Council

A FORMER acting leader of Crawley Borough Council who resigned as a councillor last week has criticised fellow councillors for losing their “humanity” and acting like “toddlers”.

Claire Denman stood down last Wednesday after ten years as a councillor.

The ward member for Pound Hill South and Worth was also cabinet member for customer and corporate services and left a year before her term was due to expire.

Last year she told the Crawley News she would consider her position after announcing she was moving out of Crawley to Pulborough. Mrs Denman has now said the move, as well as personal factors, led to her taking the decision now.

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“One of the challenges is that the political process takes over everything and some councillors seem to lose a sense of humanity towards other people.

“They become so wrapped up in the party politics and lose touch with reality.

“A case that always jumps to mind is when a relative had a brain tumour and a councillor had a go at me for missing a meeting to be with them. I couldn’t believe it.

Read more: http://www.crawleynews.co.uk/acting-leader-Crawley-Borough-Council-resigns/story-20961442-detail/story.html?ito=email_newsletter_crawleynews#ixzz2zbjO7Nhg

My Home Town Crawley: “SPEAK OUT ON HATE CRIME”

wendy.johnstone@sussex.pnn.police.uk

You are invited to……the film premiere:  

SPEAK OUT ON HATE CRIME”

Friday 8 November 2013

from 9:45 am to 12:00 pm

at the Arora Hotel Crawley

Crawley, West Sussex.

This is a film created by a local disability group – The Action Group – encouraging people to report Hate Crime;

PCSO Shelley Brown has been working alongside the group for over a year to help produce this film.

Tea and coffee will be served and there will be a cake stall and raffle to raise funds for charity.

If you have any questions then please feel free to email me :  wendy.johnstone@sussex.pnn.police.uk