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Pavements in Manor Royal Business District are set for significant resurfacing works thanks to additional investment from West Sussex County Council in connection with the Crawley Growth Programme.

Over the next few weeks, footpaths along Manor Royal, Fleming Way, Kelvin Way, Newton Road, Priestley Way and Rutherford Way will be improved by replacing old flagstone paving with new tarmac to support walking and cycling.

The works are supported by the recently announced £60m Crawley Growth Programme to unlock new jobs and employment space, which has benefited from a £14.6m contribution from the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership. As well as being a boost for businesses and the local economy the Crawley Growth Programme is designed to provide transport infrastructure and highways upgrades and new homes.

The news was welcomed by the Manor Royal BID, which commissioned an area-wide audit of roads and pavements last year to identify those areas most in need of improvement.  “We are delighted with this news, which is essential to the continued success of Manor Royal” said Keith Pordum, Vice-Chairman of the Manor Royal BID and MD of Bon Appetit Ltd.  “West Sussex County Council has responded very positively to our concerns about the condition of roads and pavements and this is further evidence of the importance they attach to growing the economy here.”

Stephen Hillier, West Sussex County Council Lead Cabinet Member for the Crawley District Deal, said: “This is just one project in what is a major long-term investment in the Crawley area.  We’re pleased to be able to confirm this work in Manor Royal as we know this is an important issue for businesses and local residents alike.”

Councillor Peter Smith, Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Development at Crawley Borough Council, said: “I’m thrilled that these pavement resurfacing works are taking place in Manor Royal. The continued success of Manor Royal is critical to Crawley and improvements to the area will help to maintain Manor Royal as the place to do business, resulting in more prosperity which benefits Crawley as a whole.”

County Council contractors are set to begin work this month (December) with completion in the first part of 2018. More details of the planned works will be published on the Manor Royal website at www.manorroyal.org

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New deal for Manor Royal BID

The Manor Royal BID Company has signed a new deal with Crawley Borough Council and West Sussex County Council aimed at supporting local businesses and boosting economic growth.

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The signing of the Manor Royal Deal comes on the back of the recent vote by businesses to renew the Manor Royal BID (Business Improvement District) and the successful Crawley Growth Programme bid to secure an investment package of £60m for the town.

A recent study revealed the increasing importance of the Manor Royal Business District that now provides over a quarter of all jobs in Crawley, more than 30% of all business rates for the town and a home to over 600 businesses.

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The study also highlighted the increasingly competitive environment in which Manor Royal operates and that close partnership working between businesses and the local authorities would be key to continued success.

The deal is the first of its kind in the county and sets out how the Manor Royal BID and the two councils will work together to plan and deliver additional services, including the Crawley Growth Programme, the new BID Business Plan, as well as respond to other opportunities as they arise.

“This Deal with the county and borough councils formalises what has become a very productive partnership over the past few years,” said Trevor Williams, Thales UK and Manor Royal BID Chair.

“The future programme is exciting but can only be achieved by clear and positive partnership between the BID and both councils. This is what the deal provides.”

Louise Goldsmith, Leader of West Sussex County Council, said:

“The business community’s vote of confidence in the Manor Royal BID is testament to all the hard work that’s gone into the initiative in the last five years.

“Now we’re looking forward to continuing to help forge effective business partnerships in the Manor Royal Business District in the future.”

Councillor Peter Lamb, Leader of Crawley Borough Council, said:

“Crawley Borough Council is committed to delivering better career prospects for local residents and to do that we need to maintain and develop Manor Royal’s status as one of the leading locations in the UK for doing business.

“The BID, in partnership with local councils, has already delivered much for the business district. This deal will enable us to take things to the next level.”

The three organisations are wasting no time and are already working together to plan the first projects to be delivered following the signing of the deal that will include new digital advertising signage and information boards, improvements to entranceways and significant investment in transport infrastructure.

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