A councillor’s work is 24/7. It’s demanding, it’s frustrating, but it can be hugely rewarding. Whether it’s helping someone to get a leak fixed or securing improvements to your local neighbourhood, the satisfaction from achieving something for the people who put you there makes all the difference.
Many residents will already be aware of the amount of time and effort it has taken to get Broadfield Barton done up. For years I’ve fought alongside other Labour councillors to ensure the council and other stakeholders lived up to their promise to improve the facilities at the shopping parade, but it Is only with the return of a Labour controlled council that things have finally got moving, with the council stepping in to fulfil its commitment to the community when the closure of the Morrisons store created a gap in the project’s finances.
The closure of Morrisons was a big loss for the local area and in the days which followed I contacted numerous large supermarkets to try and get another store to move to Broadfield. While I was very disappointed that we couldn’t get a grocery store to replace Morrisons it is good to see the Barton starting to recover from the loss.
Broadfield means a lot to me. I’ve lived in the neighbourhood for over forty years and helped found the Broadfield Residents Association, now Talk Broadfield, all the way back in 1976. Since joining Crawley Borough Council eighteen years ago I have always put the interests of the local community first and worked to protect the environment and facilities of the neighbourhood.
Across the town we face major challenges. We need more affordable housing for our young people, better career prospects for residents all the way though their working lives and to defend the services our community relies upon in the face of ongoing cuts. None of that’s going to be easy to achieve, but it’s necessary for the future good of residents in Broadfield and across Crawley as a whole.
I’m proud to represent Broadfield and I’m proud to be a member of a Labour council that is building a better future for Crawley.
Cllr Brian Quinn, Broadfield North