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Maggy’s Affordable Food aims to save customers money and reduce food wastage.

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A new store opened its doors on Monday, and with a keen interest from the public. Maggy’s Affordable Food aims to address one of the UK’s big food problems.

The concept is to save food from being wasted.

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The store’s co-owner, Sangita, explains the process:

“What we do is we get short-dated or out of date – but its before date – food at really low cost and so we pass on the savings to our customers.

“Crawley has a population of 150,000 and a 23% child poverty rate, so really we just want to be able to save, on average, about £70 a month per family on food. That’s between £700 to £800 a year.”

The name of the store – located off Kelvin Way, Crawley – was created by merging two of the owner’s names together: The ‘Ma’ from Maggie, and the ‘ggy’ comes from Sangita’s nickname, Ziggy.

Sangita, co-owner of Maggy’s Affordable Foods off Kelvin Way in Manor Royal.

Although Maggy’s operates as a commercial entity, Sangita says this is on a ‘very minimal level’.

“Our attempt is to reinvest most of the bottom line back into the business so it won’t really be a bottom line.”

“We also do ‘Feed Crawley’. So what we also want to try and do is support that with some of the profits that we make – which is again, for the community.”

Most of the products in the store cost around 50p, however some may be marked differently.

The most expensive item currently available in the store costs just £3, that’s for a box of Thornton’s chocolates. However 90% of the items cost 50p.

Maggy’s is completely open to anybody and began because the team wanted to do their bit to change the 18 billion tonnes of food thrown away in the UK every year.

Sangita offers some advice to those who might not be sure how long they can keep an item after its best before date:

“Providing it’s stored in the right conditions – as it says in the instructions – best before dates can last for quite a while. I would say six months, a year, even three – it doesn’t matter.

“Dry products should be kept in a dry place, use common sense as well.”

The store also has a handy help sheet, helping customers understand the difference between ‘Use-by dates’ and ‘Best before dates’.

It’s not just food you’ll find inside Maggy’s, there’s also a wedding section. The idea behind this is in keeping with the whole store’s theme:

“It’s just a small, quirky thing. I’d like to make that section bigger. Weddings are so ridiculously expensive. And again, we’re trying to make things more affordable” says Sangita.

Maggy’s only opened its doors on Monday, but it’s proved so popular that the team have their eyes set on expanding the premises already.

Maggy’s Affordable Food is located at: Unit 10, Stanley Business Centre, Kelvin Way RH10 9SE

Opening hours

Monday and Tuesday: 8am-6pm
Wednesday: 8am-2pm
Thursday to Saturday: 8am-6pm
Sunday: 2pm-6pm

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Labour council’s delight as Central Sussex College development progresses

The new development brings a promise of 98 council homes for Crawley residents.

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The hoardings have gone up at the Northgate Avenue development adjacent to Central Sussex College as a new block of council homes is delivered. Developers are now at work building the foundations for the new council homes which will be rented to new tenants on Crawley Borough Council’s waiting list.

When the flats are delivered in 2020 the Labour-run council will be able to offer 98 households a new home, the equivalent to wiping nearly 5% off the entire list of households currently on the housing waiting list.

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• The homes will be allocated to households on the waiting list in the priority bandings, and the council has a policy of a five year “local connection”, which means people living longer in the Borough, and their families, have a better chance of getting housed.

• The homes form part of ambitious plans by the Labour administration at Crawley Borough Council to deliver over a thousand new council homes for people across in the borough over the next few years.

Welcoming the progress made, Labour Cabinet Member for Housing Michael Jones (Bewbush) said:

“I am absolutely delighted that work is progressing on the new development at the Central Sussex College site.

“These will be high quality homes for people on our local housing register, and a big step forward in making a reality this Labour council’s ambition to deliver over a thousand new council homes for people here in the borough over the next few years. As with all developments it will take time for these to be built, with a finish date of approximately April 2020.

“There are over 2000 households currently on our waiting list. Homes like this will make all the difference, and the Labour leadership at Crawley Borough Council is determined to deliver the housing they need as much as we possibly can.”

Supporting Cllr Jones’ comments Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Development Peter Smith (Lab, Ifield), whose portfolio includes responsibility for town centre development, added:

“This latest investment in Crawley’s town centre by our Labour run council shows our continuing commitment to invest in Crawley to provide homes for our people and jobs in our economy. Only a Labour run council has the ambition, vision and energy to do this on behalf of our residents and businesses.”

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