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BREAKING NEWS: Crawley Morrisons to close with loss of 128 jobs

Morrisons has confirmed that will be closing the store in the town centre of Crawley.

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The news will affect 128 staff members at the local store.

The store which rapidly became a central focus for anyone coming into the town and for easy parking has had to cope with local performance issues.

Staff were only informed this morning and into the early afternoon of the decision.

A Morrisons spokesperson said:

“As we continue to focus on building a broader, stronger Morrisons we are constantly reviewing opportunities for new stores and the performance of our existing estate.  We are planning to invest in four new stores this year and are today, regrettably, proposing to close our Crawley store.

We will now be going through a consultation process at the store and will be discussing how to reduce redundancies and, where possible, redeploy our highly valued colleagues within the business.”

In immediate response to the news Crawley Council Leader Peter Lamb said:

“When Morrisons built their store just five years ago, we were told that they were committed to running two stores in Crawley, yet just a year later they shut their original store in Broadfield and now they look set to close their purpose-built store in the High Street. The real problem doesn’t appear to be with the store but with the decisions being taken at corporate headquarters.

“Despite Morrisons’ claims that they have considered every option, Crawley Borough Council’s economic development team were only made aware that the store was at risk of closure this morning. There are 128 jobs on the line here, I would ask that the store meet with us to find a solution to keeping this branch open for the good of its employees and our community.”

Crawley MP Henry Smith said:

“I’m very surprised and sorry by this news particularly those whose jobs will be affected. I have urgently contacted morrisons management to ask what replacement store will go into the higj street site. I’m confident that any employees made redundent will find replacement work locally but if any individual needs my assistance I am always pleased to help.

I emplore Crawley Borough Council as the local planning and licensing authority responsible for our town centre to do all they can to ensure the Morrisons site is occupied and utilised at the earliest opportunity”

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Crawley College to reopen following incident

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Crawley College will be beginning a phased reopening to students from tomorrow, Thursday 29 April.

The phased reopening will take place between tomorrow and Tuesday 4 May with full details by courses provided on the college website www.crawley.ac.uk . Students should check details before returning to campus.

The campus has remained closed for the past two days following police investigations into the incident that took place at the college on Monday (26 April).

Vicki Illingworth, Principal of Crawley College, said:

“We are looking forward to welcoming our students and staff back to the college.

“We’d like to reassure everyone, the college is safe and they will be well supported in their return to the campus.

“Sussex Police have confirmed that this is being treated as an isolated incident which is not terror related and nobody else is being sought in connection with the incident.  The individual concerned is in police custody and has been charged.”

“We are now focussed on ensuring we can bring students and staff safely back on site. We’re proud of the service we provide to our students to give them opportunities in education and training.

“I can reassure everyone that this was a one-off incident and we have strategies in place to keep everyone as safe as possible, as well as giving the students the support they need to come back and join us to complete their studies successfully.”

Vicki also echoed her earlier comments, paying tribute to the staff who supported students who were on site during the events of Monday afternoon.

She added:

“I continue to remain full of admiration of our team. They pulled together on Monday and implemented all of the protocols we have in place to keep students safe.

“They’ve continued to work together to support each other and their students over the past couple of days – and they will continue to do so when students return to campus.

“We are also particularly proud of the two members of staff who acted so bravely and swiftly to apprehend the individual before the police arrived. They acted selflessly to protect their students and the college community. They have asked for privacy during this time.

“It was a very intense time for everyone involved.

“The students who were kept inside the college and who were part of the emergency evacuation were supported throughout by our staff and counselling services have been available to them this week. These services will continue to be in place for them to access.

“We’ve continued to be in touch with our students through our support services to check that they are ok and we will resume face-to-face counselling as soon as we can.”

Work is taking place at the college campus to repair some damage which was sustained during the evacuation and subsequent investigations, with teams working hard to ensure the campus is ready for reopening.

The college would like to thank students, staff, the Police and Emergency Services and the wider community for their ongoing support and understanding.

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