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Boeing’s new maintenance facility at Gatwick gets one step closer to realisation



Boeing’s new maintenance facility got one step closer last night as Crawley Planning Committee approved the plans.

The multi-million pound facility will see the creation of over one hundred engineering jobs in the area.

Whilst the Crawley Planning Committee approved the proposed plans, it still has to go to full council for final sign off as there were some variations which affected the local plan.

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It is thought the changes to the local plan will not hinder the full council to approve the facility which is made up of a new hangar, aircraft apron, storage area and vehicle parking as well as other associated works.

The new facility, once finally approved will add support to Gatwick’s airline community’s operational needs and allow a continued growth in short and long haul services.

Crawley MP Henry Smith said:

“The planned Boeing maintenance facility at Gatwick will provide high quality local engineering employment and help secure the airport’s successful future. It’s a proposal that I support as good for Crawley.”

Peter Smith cabinet member for planning and economic development said:

“Absolutely delighted for Gatwick and for Crawley and Crawley people that Boeing have chosen us for their new engineering base.  It is a vote of support for the skilled employment resource that Crawley offers.”

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Back in November last year Gatwick announced the proposal with Gatwick Chief Commercial Officer, Guy Stephenson saying:

“Since coming into independent ownership, Gatwick has achieved record levels of growth in the numbers of passengers and flights supported by more than £1.3bn of investment in infrastructure, technology and passenger facilities.

“This new partnership with Boeing will help us to ensure that we can continue to grow and support our operations – especially in our burgeoning long haul services – and provide world class facilities for our airlines.”


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County Mall Manager receives ‘Centre Manager of the Year’ at national awards

The Centre Manager at County Mall in Crawley received an award for ‘Centre Manager of the Year’ at the 2018 SCEPTRE Awards.



'Centre Manager of the Year (large centre)' presented to County Mall's Mark Haynes by Koralie Gardener from Retail Report. (Image: JLD Media)

With County Mall’s 25th Anniversary and the opening of new stores including Hotel Chocolat, Paperchase and DFS, 2017 was an exciting year for Mark Haynes and the centre’s management team.

The team’s hard work culminated in a SCEPTRE Award for Mark as Centre Manager of the Year (Large Centre) at a recent industry event.

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The SCEPTRE Awards recognise the Best Practice and the Best People in the Shopping Centre industry, putting the spotlight on Management Teams, Retailers and Suppliers that demonstrate real excellence.

In his seven years as Centre Manager Mark has focussed on enhancing the customer experience and customer service at the Crawley shopping centre, which attracts 8 million visitors a year.

Working closely with the marketing team (who also won an industry award this year in recognition of their Strategic Marketing campaign for County Mall Shrunk the Shoppers last summer), Mark has worked to reposition the centre’s perception in key targeted locations and is an integral member of the town and community.

Centre Manager at County Mall, Mark Haynes.

Chairing the Town Centre Partnership and initiating the feasibility of a BID, Mark has an influential stance in Crawley and uses his position to raise the perception of the town in the surrounding areas.

Mark has also dedicated time to fundraising and community efforts including the opening of Crawley’s very first “Changing Places” facility, running 2 marathons in 2 weeks on behalf of St Catherine’s Hospice and facilitating multiple charity events in the centre, resulting in charity donations worth over £46k in the year.

Centre Manager Mark Haynes stated:

“I’m immensely proud to have won this award for County Mall, and am lucky to have a great team, without whom it wouldn’t have been possible.”


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