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£9.8million awarded to West Sussex to help with potholes and improve roads

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The Government has awarded an extra £9.8million for improving West Sussex Highways’ road network.

A total of £7.8million of this will be used for pothole prevention initiatives, with whole roads or parts of roads resurfaced, extended areas of highway patched and more localised issues dealt with. This is on top of the £8million worth of road resurfacing/pothole prevention works already planned for this financial year.

Roger Elkins, Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure, said:

“The extra funding from the Government is excellent news for all road users in West Sussex. This, together with the funds we had already allocated, means a total of £15million is planned to be spent on pothole prevention measures.

“This level of commitment to improve our highway network shows how seriously we take the issue of potholes, which we appreciate is a source of frustration and concern for all road users.

“It also shows we want to find longer-term solutions to the pothole issue with the emphasis on preventative measures rather than short-term fixes, wherever possible, and where finite resources permit.”

Work programmes are currently being finalised and further information will be released, when available.

The remaining £2million, out of the extra £9.8million, will comprise safety-related improvements and other enhancements for road users, such as new signs and road markings.

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Nervous time for Crawley & Gatwick Pret A Manger shops as chain announces closure of 30 shops and at least 1,000 job losses

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Pret A Manger is to close 30 of its shops as it struggles to cope with the problems caused by COVID-19.

According to the food chain they had faced ‘significant operating losses’ during lockdown.

The closure puts around 1,000 jobs at risk and the chain has said it will make these closures before the end of this year whilst also reducing staff in its other locations.

Crawley has one Pret A Manager within The Martletts with several others located within Gatwick Airport itself.

It is not yet clear which shops will close but with jobs cuts to come across its shops it will be a very nervous time for Crawley’s shop staff to see if they are affected in any way.

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