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Funding for additional security cameras around Manor Royal Business District has been approved by the Safer Crawley Partnership in an effort to improve safety and security in the area.

The need for the extra cameras comes after the increase in ‘car cruising’ as well as other crime and antisocial behaviours over the past 18 months which is impacting on the smaller businesses in the area.

The additional cameras will help to supplement the initial Manor Royal Business District Security Camera Project which was installed by the Manor Royal BID and has been in place since September 2016.

With the Safer Crawley Partnership contributing £8,000 and the Manor Royal BID Company match funding the request, the project will be delivered in partnership with Sussex Police.

As Crawley’s main business and employment area, crime and anti-social behaviour can have a significant impact on the appeal of Manor Royal as a place to do business.

Through the BID, working in partnership with Sussex Police and Crawley Borough Council the project aims to combat these issues and improve the trading and working environment of Manor Royal.

Cabinet member for Community Engagement and Public Protection, Councillor Michael Jones, said:

“Manor Royal is the hub of Crawley’s economy and we want to make sure that current business owners feel safe and that their businesses are secure, as well as making the area more attractive to those looking to do business.”

Continuing this, Executive Director of the Manor Royal BID, Steve Sawyer said:

“Manor Royal is a safe place to do business but we can’t be complacent. Over the past few years we have put in place a number of measures and this investment from the Safer Crawley Partnership will allow us to provide enhanced security in those areas we know are more vulnerable.”

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New deal for Manor Royal BID

The Manor Royal BID Company has signed a new deal with Crawley Borough Council and West Sussex County Council aimed at supporting local businesses and boosting economic growth.

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The signing of the Manor Royal Deal comes on the back of the recent vote by businesses to renew the Manor Royal BID (Business Improvement District) and the successful Crawley Growth Programme bid to secure an investment package of £60m for the town.

A recent study revealed the increasing importance of the Manor Royal Business District that now provides over a quarter of all jobs in Crawley, more than 30% of all business rates for the town and a home to over 600 businesses.

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The study also highlighted the increasingly competitive environment in which Manor Royal operates and that close partnership working between businesses and the local authorities would be key to continued success.

The deal is the first of its kind in the county and sets out how the Manor Royal BID and the two councils will work together to plan and deliver additional services, including the Crawley Growth Programme, the new BID Business Plan, as well as respond to other opportunities as they arise.

“This Deal with the county and borough councils formalises what has become a very productive partnership over the past few years,” said Trevor Williams, Thales UK and Manor Royal BID Chair.

“The future programme is exciting but can only be achieved by clear and positive partnership between the BID and both councils. This is what the deal provides.”

Louise Goldsmith, Leader of West Sussex County Council, said:

“The business community’s vote of confidence in the Manor Royal BID is testament to all the hard work that’s gone into the initiative in the last five years.

“Now we’re looking forward to continuing to help forge effective business partnerships in the Manor Royal Business District in the future.”

Councillor Peter Lamb, Leader of Crawley Borough Council, said:

“Crawley Borough Council is committed to delivering better career prospects for local residents and to do that we need to maintain and develop Manor Royal’s status as one of the leading locations in the UK for doing business.

“The BID, in partnership with local councils, has already delivered much for the business district. This deal will enable us to take things to the next level.”

The three organisations are wasting no time and are already working together to plan the first projects to be delivered following the signing of the deal that will include new digital advertising signage and information boards, improvements to entranceways and significant investment in transport infrastructure.

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