The Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) are currently undertaking an electoral review of Crawley Borough Council – this means the current ward boundaries which are used to elect councillors to represent us at the Town Hall are up for change.
Such a process needs to be inclusive and the Commission are accepting the views of local residents through a consultation which is open until Monday, 9th April. The leadership of Labour-controlled Crawley Borough Council however are not behaving in such a manner; ignoring one of Crawley’s founding ideals by recommending new boundaries this week which threaten to tear apart our local neighbourhoods which our town was built on.
The community principle is a long-standing part of Crawley New Town. It means more than words only mentioned on election leaflets; the names are included in postal addresses and are a real part of peoples’ identity, with local community centres, shopping parades and places of worship bearing these titles.
I have written to the Commission in support of Scheme 1 out of those which have been shortlisted – this provides for electoral equality whilst maintaining Crawley’s historic neighbourhood identities.
In contrast to Labour’s closed shop at the Town Hall, a Conservative-controlled Borough Council will instead be inclusive and respect that Crawley is a diverse place with a range of political outlooks.
The LGBCE consultation closes on Monday, 9th April. If you would like to join me in having a say to keep one of Crawley’s historic principles literally on the map, please click here to take part.
Henry Smith MP