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£2.2m redevelopment of Crawley town centre set for completion by Autumn

The regeneration of Queensway, The Pavement and Kingsgate, is progressing on time and on budget according to the council.

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Cllr Roger Elkins and Cllr Peter Smith

The £2.2m scheme is part of the Crawley Growth Programme, funded by Crawley Borough Council, West Sussex County Council, and the Local Growth Fund through the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership.

Blakedown Landscapes, who built the Queens Square, started on site in January, installing new paving along Queensway and The Pavement, and new benches and trees throughout both areas.

Work is currently underway outside Marks and Spencer and will move up towards Kingsgate over the coming weeks. The project is on time to complete in the autumn.

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

“It is great to see the project taking shape and the completed areas look fantastic and I thank the public and businesses for their patience while the work is completed.

“Once the development is finished, I am confident that the scheme will build on the success of Queens Square where we have seen around £30m private sector investment in the surrounding properties, including bringing a number of vacant units back into use.

“I look forward to seeing the end result.”

Continuing this, Councillor Roger Elkins, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure, said: “I am delighted to see the Queensway, Pavement and Kingsway scheme progressing to time and on budget.

“This is yet another exciting success story from the Crawley Growth Programme – showing what collaboration and partnership working can achieve to support regeneration.

“The scheme clearly complements and builds on the success of the Queens Square project and I look forward to its completion later this year.”

Jonathan Sharrock, Chief Executive at Coast to Capital said:

“We are thrilled to see such fantastic progress with the Crawley Growth Programme and look forward to seeing the regeneration of Queensway come to fruition.”

All business in the area will remain open while the remainder of the works are carried out. For more information about the project and regular progress reports, please visit www.regeneratingcrawley.org.uk/queensway

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Crawley businesses vote in favour of town centre initiative unlocking £2M of investment

Businesses in Crawley town centre have voted in favour of establishing a Business Improvement District (BID), unlocking more than £2million of investment over the next five years and help create a thriving town.

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68% of businesses in Crawley voted in favour of the BID, along with 73% in favour by Rateable Value.

A BID is a business-led initiative formed to improve a defined area. Crawley will now join more than 320 BIDs operating in the UK.

Commenting on the result, Chair of the Crawley Town Centre BID and a Director of Graves Jenkins, Neil Cooper, said:

“There is huge potential for Crawley to develop its own distinct offer and proposition and so we are delighted that businesses in the area have voted in favour of a BID. By working in collaboration with businesses and forming strong partnerships, the BID can make a positive difference”.

Paul Clement, director and head of place-shaping at Savills who were commissioned to support the development of the BID said:

“This successful ballot result opens up great opportunities for local businesses to act on solutions for the future of their town centre. Up and down the country BIDs are making a real difference not only to businesses that fund them, but to those who live, work and visit in BID locations. With over 320 BIDs nationally, Crawley businesses have embraced the model as the most appropriate to progress their town centre”.

Research with businesses in the area identified a number of improvements focused around crime reduction, feelings of safety, promotions and marketing, accessibility and business networking. The BID will commence delivery on 1st April 2020.

For more information on the Crawley Town Centre BID, please visit www.crawleytowncentrebid.co.uk

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