Keith Pordum, Vice-Chair of the Manor Royal BID, joined Patrick Heath-Lay, Chief Executive Officer of B&CE, The People’s Pension, on 28 April 2017 to officially open ‘The Terrace’ – a peaceful outdoor ‘pocket park’ located at the end of Manor Royal road at the junction with London Road.
The opening ceremony saw members of the Manor Royal BID Board and local business people gather to announce ‘The Terrace’ officially open. Designed to provide outdoor space for those who work nearby – The Terrace is now an ideal place for alfresco meetings, relaxing lunchtime breaks or simply a breath of fresh air. Converted from a patch of unused land, the area provides seating, public art, a new planting scheme and even an outdoor table tennis table for local employees to enjoy.
Conceived and delivered by the Manor Royal BID, the project has been funded via BID Levy funds, a section 106 contribution from Crawley Borough Council and sponsorship from B&CE, The People’s Pension, whose offices are located adjacent to the site.
Keith Pordum, Vice-Chair of the Manor Royal BID is enthusiastic for what the opening of The Terrace will do for Manor Royal Business District. He said: “In recent months, we have seen several new and exciting high density developments taking shape on Manor Royal. We wanted to complement these by creating a new area of outdoor space,” he said. “It is fitting that work on site here began on 9 January 2017, the 70th anniversary of Crawley becoming a new town,”
Patrick Heath-Lay, Chief Executive Officer of B&CE, The People’s Pension, is delighted to be part of the new pocket park: “We are always looking for new ways to make a positive impact on our local community, so we are delighted to support the Manor Royal BID with this new and innovative project. It’s provided us with a great opportunity to improve the natural environment around us, and to give something back to our employees and those that work around here. With the summer months fast approaching, I’m looking forward to seeing people making the most of this new outdoor space.”
Councillor Peter Smith, Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Development at Crawley Borough Council said: “We are delighted to have supported the Manor Royal BID to create this wonderful space that will enhance the well-being and enjoyment of people working in the Manor Royal Business District.”
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.
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.
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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