Crawley Borough Council has today announced that plans for the regeneration of the eastern end of The Boulevard – including a new Town Hall – have been changed.
The demolition of part of the existing Town Hall complex was expected to begin this year. However, it has now come to light that this has been moved back to October 2019.
A spokesperson for Crawley Borough Council said: “This change to the work programme has been made to reduce financial risk and to take account of delays due to investigations into potential listing.”
This provides the council with the opportunity to bring the Council Chamber and Civic Hall back into use until June/July 2019, when decommissioning will commence.
The detailed design work for the building and interiors will continue as planned through the remainder of this year ready to tender for the construction contract early next year.
This means that the council now expect the new Town Hall to be completed in summer 2021.
The major regeneration scheme was approved by Crawley Borough Council’s Planning Committee on 5 June this year. It includes:
• A new, nine-storey building housing the new Town Hall and commercial office space
• 273 new flats, of which 109 will be affordable
• A new District Heat network, reducing carbon emissions
• A new public square.
Councillor Andrew Skudder, Cabinet member for Resources at Crawley Borough Council, said:
“Delays to the programme, caused by the listing investigation, pushed back the dates for putting work to tender.
“We have a duty to manage all risks around the programme of works, and commencing demolition of part of the Town Hall before all tenders are received would have been an unnecessary risk.
“This is why we won’t be demolishing the building until next October.”
The Crawley MP had something to say about the news too. In a post published on Twitter, Henry Smith MP said:
“Labour controlled #Crawley Council have already wasted about half a million pounds on a botched IT project this year and now reportedly their demolition of the historic Town Hall has been delayed by a year with offices and staff being moved again. At what cost to local taxpayers?”
Labour controlled #Crawley Council have already wasted about half a million pounds on a botched IT project this year and now reportedly their demolition of the historic Town Hall has been delayed by a year with offices and staff being moved again. At what cost to local taxpayers? pic.twitter.com/y9XgsLpzPc
— Henry Smith MP (@HenrySmithUK) September 13, 2018
‘I don’t care it’s not my emergency’ says Horley resident after putting note on Police car responding to emergency
Surrey police have posted a photo of the note that was left by an irate resident.
Officer were rushing to reports of a distressed resident who was potentially being beaten up and also to an address where a child was.
The officers had parked in one residents space and upon returning to the vehicle found a note on the car.
Officer spoke to the resident and explained they were responding to an emergency but the response was:
“I DON’T CARE IT’S NOT MY EMERGENCY”
Surrey police have since said:
“We apologise for our inconsiderate parking during a potentially life threatening or death situation and we will try and be more aware next time. #SorryNotSorry”
In response to the post on their Facebook page other residents have added their own comments about the note saying:
“Park on my drive any time! We should support our emergency services not insult or criticise them”
“Imagine how miserable you’d have to be to act like that.“