More road works near Gatwick

Tonight, 20 January, sees the start of work to upgrade the traffic signals on the roundabout at Junction 9 of the M23.

The road works will be carried out overnight – between the hours of 8pm and 6am – and will result in lane closures and a 50mph speed limit on both carriageways.

The southbound and northbound exit and entry slip roads will be closed from Monday 3 February for five nights.

Signed diversions will be in place.

Weather permitting, the upgrade works will be completed on Friday 7 February.

Gatwick NATS consultation closes tomorrow

Residents have until tomorrow to submit their views on Gatwick Airport’s proposed flight path changes.

A joint consultation between NATS and Gatwick Airport into airspace changes is due to end tomorrow, 21 January, and local people – those living in Sussex, Surrey, Kent, Essex, Suffolk and Hampshire – who may be affected by the proposed changes have been urged to provide feedback on the proposals.

The south of England’s airspace is one of the busiest in the world and the Gatwick NATS consultation is the first stage of a wider programme of proposed changes which will deliver the UK’s Future Airspace Strategy (FAS) due to come into effect in 2020.

Anyone wishing to comment has until tomorrow to do so and should visit for more information.

Stevens Vauxhall goes into administration

Stevens Vauxhall has gone into administration. The company, which had two premises: Stevens Crawley and Stevens Horsham, ceased trading on 23 August, and Gregory Andrew Palfrey and David John Blenkarn of Smith & Williamson LLP were appointed as joint administrators on 29 August 2012.

The company has been selling and servicing Vauxhall cars at its sites in Horsham and Crawley since 1963 – previously as Tates, then Evans Halshaw. A management buyout in 2000 by Peter Stevens saw the establishment of Stevens as a leading Vauxhall, Chevrolet and Network Q dealer in Horsham and Crawley.

Around 70 people have been made redundant, however, two former employees have now secured positions with CCM at their Rusper and Ewhurst service centres.