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Crawley’s Queensway regeneration heads to its next stage

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Plans to regenerate Queensway, Kingsgate and The Pavement, continuing the high quality improvements in Queens Square, have been submitted.

The proposals, which mark the second phase of town centre regeneration, run from the eastern edge of Queens Square along Queensway to the College Road junction, including part of the boundary to Memorial Gardens, and the length of The Pavement.

The plans, which would significantly improve the three main connector streets and it’s hoped would act as a catalyst for wider regeneration and investment, provide:

A cohesive design to echo the regeneration of Queens Square
Improved connectivity with Memorial Gardens and Queensway
An attractive and accessible public space
Improved lighting for better aesthetics and safety
Seating, cycle racks and more litter bins
Improved disabled parking bays
A potential venue for a future market.
Councillor Peter Smith, Cabinet member for Planning and Economic Development, said: “Queens Square looks wonderful and it’s terrific to see so many people enjoying our improved public space.

“Now, as part of our continued commitment to Crawley regeneration, we are working with our partners WSCC to continue to improve the area by enhancing the main connector streets to the east, redeveloping them to make the town centre even more attractive to residents, visitors and businesses.”

Continuing this, Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure at West Sussex County Council, Councillor Bob Lanzer, said: “These are exciting plans which, if accepted, would complement the hard work that’s already gone into improving Queens Square and spread the focus of the regeneration to other areas of the town centre.”

The work would begin in autumn 2018, subject to planning permission being granted.

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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.

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'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.”

 

For updates on news, events and promotions from County Mall; visit countymall.co.uk or keep updated on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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