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£166,500 on cycle ways for 0.14% of Crawley cyclists who use it while motorists continue to suffer pothole misery

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It’s hoped that by improving the cycle ways that it will encourage more people to stop using cars and to get on their bikes but at the current rates of use the increase would have to be extraordinary according to the very statistics recorded of its current use.

But currently counters set up by West Sussex County Council show that on the proposed investment route only 150 cycle journeys are made every day. These journeys ‘could’ be made up of cyclists making several journeys back and forth so the data is not clear on the reality of how many are using it.

But with the data interpreted as the number of cyclists being 150 this translates to a shocking 0.14% of Crawley residents cycling.

Meanwhile the town continues to be blighted by dangerous potholes that are causing damage to residents vehicles.

West Sussex County Council has now approved the go-ahead for a route from Three Bridges to Manor Royal, Crawley and Pound Hill to Crawley town centre (4.5km) which is estimated to cost £166,500

On Hazelwick Avenue: Provision of protected on-carriageway cycle lanes connecting with the existing National Cycle Network 21 route (with potential to improve this section). This will provide an alternative travel link to Manor Royal Business District, Crawley and Gatwick.

For A2220 Hastlett Avenue: The scheme will provide continuity and protect the existing cycleway, linking the residential areas of Pound Hill, Three Bridges and Burley’s Wood to the town centre. There is the potential for this to be made permanent.

A West Sussex County Council spokesperson said:

“We have counters in Worth Park Avenue and these suggest an average of approximately 150 cycle journeys are made in this area every day.

“Both we and our Crawley Borough Council colleagues believe that, with the right investment, the cycling potential for this route would increase significantly.

“The Government has developed the ‘Rapid Cycleway Prioritisation Toolkit’ – an online tool to help local authorities identify and prioritise cycling investment. The toolkit highlights Hazelwick Avenue as one of the top priority routes for cycling investment in the county.”

Even if the increase of use goes up a huge 1000%, this would still only be 1.4% of the people in the town or those useing it for work.

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Crawley jobs at risk as DW Sports goes into administration

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Jobs at DW Sports in Crawley town centre are at risk along with 1,700 hundred jobs across the country as the company announced it is to wind down the business.

The sports website has also been closed with immediate effect.

According to reports closing down sales are due to begin at the remaining stores as the business comes to an end.

Fitness First, a sister company of DW is to continue to operate as a separate company and its 43 clubs are not to be affected by the news.

Chief executive Martin Long said:

“As a consequence of Covid-19, we found ourselves in a position where we were mandated by Government to close down both our retail store portfolio and our gym chain in its entirety for a protracted period, leaving us with a high fixed-cost base and zero income.

“Like many other retail businesses, the consequences of this extremely challenging operating market have created inevitable profitability issues for DW Sports.

“The decision to appoint administrators has not been taken lightly but will give us the best chance to protect viable parts of the business, return them to profitability, and secure as many jobs as possible.

“It is a difficult model for any business to manage through without long-term damage, and with the limited support which we have been able to gain.

“Having exhausted all other available options for the business, we firmly believe that this process can be a platform to restructure the business and preserve many of our gyms for our members, and also protect the maximum number of jobs possible for our team members.”

Crawley Councillor Peter Smith, Cabinet member for Planning and Economic Development, said:

“This is terrible news for the staff of DW Sports; I sympathise with them and hope that they are able to secure other employment quickly. Our Employ Crawley service is currently providing free one-to-one employability and training support to jobseekers by phone, email and text.”

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