Today saw the annual veteran car run from London to Brighton take place and, as per usual, the event ran straight through Crawley. The run is the world’s oldest motoring event, having taken place every year since 1896, and every year residents get to enjoy seeing the cars up close as their occupants take a break in our historic High Street.
However, this tradition was put in peril in 2014, when just a month before Labour returned to control of the council it was announced that the pit stop had been relocated outside of the Town Centre in a location inaccessible to the public. People were rightly upset to lose such a significant tradition of the town and, following his appointment as Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Development, Cllr Peter Smith reached out to the event organisers to see what could be done to reverse the decision.
While the plans were already too advanced for that year, thanks to Peter’s hard work we were able to bring the event back to the High Street the following year and every year since. Long may it continue. Not everything can be fixed, but whatever happens Crawley Labour will always do its best to deliver for Crawley.