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Crawley’s Queens Square re-opening party



Queens Square will reopen shortly – and the town’s having a party to celebrate!

Everyone’s welcome to join in the fun from 12 noon on Saturday 7 October.

This family-friendly celebratory event will include professional singing, dancing, music from a concert band, street performers, face painting, balloon art and much more.

Metrobus will be bringing its special 70th birthday bus along, Queens Square shops will be getting involved and we’ll be switching on the fountains for the first time since work is completed too!

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Decathlon, which is celebrating its first birthday, is joining in the fun with sporting activities and giveaways in the square.

Councillor Peter Smith, Cabinet member for Planning and Economic Development at Crawley Borough Council, said:

“Work on Queens Square is nearly complete so we’re throwing a party to celebrate its reopening!

“Come along to our family fun day, listen to music, play some games and see the amazing fountains too!”

Councillor Bob Lanzer, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Infrastructure and Highways, said:

“After all the hard work that’s gone into making the Queens Square regeneration scheme a success, it’s time to celebrate Crawley town centre’s fantastic new asset and have some fun.”

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Jonathan Sharrock, Coast to Capital Chief Executive, said:

“I am delighted to be attending the highly anticipated Queens Square opening event. Crawley has huge potential and this event will be a fantastic opportunity for local residents and businesses to enjoy the newly regenerated square and will demonstrate the town’s potential for future development and growth.”

Work has almost finished on the £3.2m regeneration scheme to create a high quality, inviting, distinctive and enjoyable public space in the heart of the town centre. This is a joint project between Crawley Borough Council, West Sussex County Council and the Coast to Capital Local Economic Partnership.

The regeneration includes new high quality paving, new and improved lighting, new seating, new street furniture, new planting and a central focal point including an attractive plaza and decorative water feature.

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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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