LETTER: Are we in serious danger of losing ability to care for each other?

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Cllr Peter Catchpole (Con, Holbrook), West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health (“County shakes up provision of home care”, Crawley Observer, July 29):

“We...will be working with the whole market to ensure that this [care] can continue”

Markets don’t care. People care.

Robert Phillips, whose wife Sheila received ‘end of life’ care (“Care at hospice goes ‘beyond the call of duty’”, Crawley Observer, July 29):

“My career in commerce had taught me the ‘primary motivation’ was profit, but contact with the hospice, and seeing people working hard out of the goodness of their own hearts, was a revelation”

Profits don’t care. People care.

Philosopher Noam Chomsky: “Social Security is based on a principle. It’s based on the principle that you care about other people. You care whether the widow across town, a disabled widow, is going to be able to have food to eat”

Are we in serious danger of losing our ability to care for each other in this county?

On other matters, Gatwick ‘Free’ School, which boasted over 1,000 pupils by 2020, failed at its first hurdle on Monday August 3, by having its Planning Application refused by Crawley Borough Council’s Development Control Committee.

The ‘Free’ School, which started in September last year, is in a dangerous location which puts children’s safety at risk, and there is a total absence of a school playing field or outdoor playground.

This ‘Factory School’ is on a very busy, arterial road in the Crawley Industrial Estate - Gatwick Road - thus making it dangerous for children, inevitably raising very serious safety concerns - as the police and West Sussex County Council (WSCC) Highways have already clearly pointed out.

This is not just an important planning issue; it is also, sadly, a highly-politicised one - but more importantly it is an issue of education. Education and Schooling fall under the remit of WSCC Local Education Authority (LEA) in Chichester, so it is primarily to this LEA that responsible parties must now look to solve the problem of finding a safer location for these ‘Free School’ children. It is children and their education which must come first - no-one or nothing else.

Why has the now-empty Broadfield House in Crawley not been considered as an alternative?

£2.5m of taxpayers’ money has already been shelled out for the failed ‘Discovery Free School’ there.

Maybe WSCC can claw back some of the wasted taxpayers’ money by making this happen?

Pigs might fly.

Richard W. Symonds

SCRAM Campaign for Hot School Meals and Playing Fields, Ifield Village

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