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‘A spectacular failure!’ Worth Parish Council unanimously object to planning proposal for travellers site in Copthorne

In a packed hall last night, Worth Parish Councillors unanimously objected to proposals for a change of use of land at Lower Hollow Copse off Copthorne Road.

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Before the meeting had even begun there were some tensions from residents as to why Mid Sussex District Council were not intending to be present at the meeting.

A Council spokesperson for MSDC said:

“As declared to the clerk of Worth Parish Council in our communication of 1 October it will be best to review Worth Parish Council’s written comments following the meeting this evening and make written comment to the Planning Officer in response. We will also attend the relevant MSDC planning committee meeting where the application will be determined.”

In what was expected to be a heated public meeting, the mood was in-fact calm and resilient with only a handful of the public asking to speak.

Starting with a presentation by the Chairman of the Copthorne Village Association, those in attendance were taken through a whole host of reasons as to why the application was flawed.

It was never going to be a easy journey for the application with over 2,600 objections already publicly posted on change.org.

The Chairman of the CVA pointed out that the application was an example of a ‘spectacular failure’ by the applicants citing numerous flaws including outdated surveys and lack of consultation with both residents and the travelling community.

The mood of the meeting was confirmed when after making his presentation he was awarded a large round of applause from the public, and this was further supported by Councillor Gibson who congratulated him on it.

Following the vote, the Chairman of the CVA said:

“The Copthorne Village Association are pleased Worth Parish Council share our view the latest plans for a Gypsy and Traveller site at Old Hollow are once again unacceptable in planning terms.

It is incredible Mid Sussex District Council have still not undertaken any form of consultation with the Travelling Community whatsoever.

The latest design of a total of thirteen pitches ridiculously includes eight pitches designed for three person occupation which are intended for families with children on the Council waiting list for a pitch.

The CVA believe the current joint application should be withdrawn and resubmitted as one application based on a proper design when up to date reports and technical details are available to support it.”

Whilst those who attended last night and others who have objected strongly to the plans will be happy with the result, the final decision is now back with MSDC and with all eyes now watching with rapturous anticipation tensions are unlikely to cease for quite some time.

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Furniture Village opens its doors in Crawley’s County Oak Retail Park

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Crawley welcomes Furniture Village who will open a brand-new store in County Oak retail park this Boxing Day.

The new location offers a Carpetright concession, providing a one-stop-shop for customers looking to update their homes.

Visitors to the new Furniture Village store will be invited to create their ‘home in one’, by exploring collections for every room of the house, from sofas to beds to dining.

Charlie Harrison, Commercial Director at Furniture Village, comments:

“With much of the UK under lockdown, I’m delighted we’ve been able to open our new store in Crawley. County Oak is a fantastic shopping destination and the ideal choice for Furniture Village.

“It’s been a challenging year for everyone, but I am incredibly proud of the Furniture Village team which continues to offer industry-leading quality, choice and service. As well as Family Retailer of the Year, we’ve also been awarded National Bed Retailer of the Year so I’m particularly looking forward to welcoming customers to our new bed department.”

The store will see a team of 11 expert sales consultants offering valuable insights and advice to customers, all made possible thanks to enhanced Covid-19 safety measures.

These include temperature checks, PPE for all staff and hand sanitisation stations, along with an appointment booking system which can be accessed via the website.

Charlie Harrison, Commercial Director at Furniture Village, adds:

“Customer safety is still, and will continue to be, a priority for us. The feedback from all of our existing stores continues to be overwhelmingly positive, with the appointment booking system providing reassurance and exceptional service for customers.”

The store will open at 9am on Saturday 26th December 2020. Opening offers include Sale discounts of up to 50% plus an additional £50 off every £500 spent.

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