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Crawley Carpetright NOT one of the 92 sites to close

Crawley site to stay open as East Grinstead and Redhill are set to close.

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More bad news from the High Street retailers as another large chain announces ‘tough’ action with intent to close 92 stores axing around 300 jobs.

But the news does not stop there as the chain say that another 113 have been identified as having serious concerns whether that is through performance or through current lease terms with some even being questioned as to their sustainability.

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With three in direct proximity to Crawley residents including one near the town centre, it is only Crawley’s site that has escaped this cull.

Redhill and East Grinstead are both to close as part of these cuts.

Carpetright has said that some staff will be relocated but there will be job losses.

The news comes as the latest figures for the High Street show another surge towards online purchasing with only coffee shops and bookstores among the few current showing growth not decline.

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County Council funding still available for community groups in West Sussex

More than £92,000 has been pledged to projects on the platform so far, with 17 projects reaching their fundraising goal.

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West Sussex County Council have today announced community groups have just over two weeks to upload their ideas for crowdfunded projects in the latest round of county council funding.

Thousands of pounds is being made available to worthwhile community projects across the county thanks to The West Sussex Crowd.

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This crowdfunding platform gives members of the public, businesses and West Sussex County Council the opportunity to pledge money to groups in need of funds.

Project creators have until Monday 8 October to upload their ideas and begin fundraising in order to qualify for the next round of county council Community Initiative Funding.

So far more than £92,000 has been pledged to projects on the platform with 17 projects successfully reaching their fundraising goal.

These include Selsey Care Shop which supports carers and the elderly, The Regis School of Music which hosts support groups, language classes and music lessons, The Quarry Café in East Grinstead and Worthing Mental Health Awareness Week.

Debbie Kennard, Cabinet Member for Safer, Stronger Communities, said:

“We have already seen such a range of brilliant projects hit their targets thanks to pledges from members of the public and the county council’s Community Initiative Fund.

“I would encourage more groups to take full advantage of this opportunity by uploading their ideas to The Crowd and start fundraising before the 8 October, to make sure they are eligible for our funding.”

Earlier this month, a number of free clinics offering 1-2-1 project advice were held by local community and voluntary sector organisations in partnership with the county council and crowdfunding partner, Spacehive.

One more clinic will take place this week:

• Crawley project clinic, Wednesday 26 September (midday-4pm) at Crawley Library. To book a place, visit ‘News & Events’ on The Crowd.

The county council’s Community Initiative Fund replaces its previous funding initiatives including the Small Grants Fund and the Members’ Big Society Fund. It will be allocated at County Local Committee (CLC) meetings throughout the year.

For more information visit www.westsussexcrowd.org.uk

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