Proposals for the £8.3million Crawley Eastern Gateway and £5.3million Station Gateway projects will soon go on display in a series of public exhibitions.
The schemes are part of the £60m Crawley Growth Programme which will ‘unlock’ jobs, business space and home building in the town through major infrastructure improvements.
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The two “Gateway” projects aim to improve pedestrian, cycling and bus access and facilities and create better connectivity between the railway and bus stations.
The Eastern Gateway scheme includes improvements to public space and connectivity to support key development opportunities at the Town Hall, County Buildings, Telford Place and Crawley College and includes the public areas in the eastern half of The Boulevard, Exchange Road, the southern end of Northgate Avenue, College Road including the roundabout, and Southgate Avenue, up to and including the junction with Station Way.
The Station Gateway Scheme extends from Friary Way, along Station Way, connecting with Southgate Avenue. Its aims include improving the connectivity between an improved and re-developed rail station, the bus station and improved town centre facilities, incorporating a dedicated left-turn for buses from Friary Way to Station Way and improvement in bus waiting facilities.
The Crawley Growth Programme is being delivered by a major partnership of public and private organisations, including the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership, West Sussex County Council, Crawley Borough Council, Metrobus, Gatwick Airport Limited, Manor Royal Business Improvement District (BID) Company. The Gateways projects are also being delivered in partnership with the Arora group and Network Rail.
Louise Goldsmith, Leader of West Sussex County Council, said:
“We have identified that the county needs significant investment in new infrastructure to help stimulate economic growth and Crawley is a key growth location.
“These innovative and exciting proposals aim to have a positive impact on public areas in the town by improving connectivity. I urge people to go along to one of the exhibitions and see for themselves what’s being proposed.”
Crawley Borough Council Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Development, Councillor Peter Smith, said:
“I am delighted that proposals for the regeneration of the Eastern Gateway and Station Gateway have been released.
“The Eastern Gateway is an incredibly busy area of the town and these proposals will not only improve accessibility, but enhance the overall look and feel of the area, attracting more investment into the town.
“In addition, the Station Gateway improvements will provide a better welcome into the town from Crawley train station. I look forward to hearing what residents have to say about the proposals.”
Jonathan Sharrock, Chief Executive at Coast to Capital, said:
“This series of exhibitions is a fantastic way for the general public to gain insight of the extensive work which has gone into developing an innovative vision for the future success of Crawley. A tremendous effort has been made by partners to improve the infrastructure of the area which will unlock future prosperity.”
Exhibitions are being held at:
• Crawley College, College Road, 9:30am to 1.30pm, 6 June;
• Crawley Town Hall, The Boulevard, 1pm to 5pm, 12 June;
• County Mall, Crawley, 2pm to 8pm, 14 June;
• Crawley Library, Southgate Avenue, 11am to 2pm, 16 June.
Further details on how to have your say will be available online from the 4 June at www.westsussex.gov.uk/esgateway
Crawley drug dealer jailed
Dealer gets four and half years in prison.
A man has been jailed for four and a half year for drug dealing and possession of knives and a CS canister in Crawley.
Michael Murray, 26, of no fixed address, had pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply cocaine, money laundering, possession of a CS canister and one count of possession of a bladed article at an earlier hearing on 26 March.
He was sentenced at Hove Crown Court on Friday (18 May).
The court heard that police were called to a hotel in Goffs Park Road, Crawley on 27 February this year to a report of an aggressive guest who was refusing to leave.
When the officers went into his hotel room they found Murray with drugs and a subsequent search of the room found an envelope containing several hundred wraps of cocaine with a street value of approximately £9,000, a quantity of cannabis, nearly £10,000 cash, drug dealing paraphernalia and a canister of CS gas.
Murray was arrested and later charged.
Detective Constable Melanie Fox said: “Murray was found with a substantial quantity of drugs, cash and weapons. We are committed to disrupting the supply of drugs in Crawley. This sentence shows that anyone convicted of dealing drugs in Sussex can expect a jail term.”