COUNCIL Leader Chris Redmayne is hoping to see red on election day as two Labour Party candidates prepare to do battle against five others in Pound Hill

Cllr Redmayne declared: "We're going to do our utmost to secure a Labour victory in Pound Hill North.

"The Labour Party have been working strenuously in that area and have never stopped. We've taken seats in Pound Hill in the past and there's no reason why we can't take seats again.

"We're not targeting specific areas. We look at every seat to win by leafleting and knocking on doors. I really hope they're going to win it."

The Bewbush councillor insists his party has worked hard and is confident they will not lose any seats but remains tight-lipped over gains his party could make.

Cllr Redmayne said: "It's going to be very interesting. We're halfway through a second term of a Labour Government and there's a popularity crisis.

"But these are local elections and I believe Crawley people are concerned about local issues like the growth of the town and a second runway. We need to have informed discussion and need to know what they really think."

Conservative Party leader Richard Burrett declared: "The seats we've held for a number of years, we've been active in and we will be judged on the work we've done in those wards.

"I would not expect to lose seats and obviously we'd expect to retain Furnace Green and Pound Hill and I would like to think we'll get an extra one or two seats. The other seat up for election this year is

"Southgate as well, where we've been leafleting already.

"We fight local elections on local issues but the national situation has a bearing as well and the Government is in some difficulty at the moment. People do vote on national issues at local elections."

Northgate councillor and Liberal Democrat candidate Linda Seekings said: "I'm always hopeful of retaining my seat but it's in the hands of the people and if they think I've done a good enough job to vote me back in again.

"I've been working on events that are happening in Northgate.

"We're looking at the new parking scheme, resident's problems as well as street lights and the state of the roads, rubbish and litter. I'll see what the electorate give me."