The weather was a disappointment for this year’s Veteran Car Run. And so were the arrangements, following changes made by the run’s organiser – ‘Goose’ (goose.co.uk). Many Crawley people think that the Crawley Borough Council were somehow behind this detrimental change and that it was driven by money. Well, I can assure residents that the Council had nothing to do with the changes; quite the opposite, in fact.
But there is good news. The Mayor, Brenda Smith, and I met with the RAC last week to see what can be done to improve the event for both Crawley and the RAC. And I am pleased to say that following this initiative we have arranged for the key people at the RAC to visit Crawley in the New Year to review the options and see if we can find a way, working together, to improve the event for all. The RAC have particular requirements for their stop in Crawley, including a covered area for both vehicle repair and the participants. For our part we want to see Crawley facilities e.g. parking and businesses used by our residents and visitors, not to mention the Ifield Scouts famous burger bar! Crawley has it all on offer, after all.
So we have agreed to work together to see if we can improve the event in 2015 and beyond. And, yes, we will have to talk about the costs – very little in life is really free after all.
This example demonstrates one of the key differences between the Labour administration at the Town Hall and the Conservatives. We were elected to speak up for Crawley, no ifs and no buts. We take pride in Crawley and don’t hide behind ‘it’s not our responsibility’ or ‘there’s nothing we can do it’s a private operator’ or excuses like that. No, we put Crawley people and Crawley first. Long may it be so.
Cllr Peter Smith – Labour Ifield and Ifield West
Cabinet member for Planning and Economic Development