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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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Give Crawley back its police, demands towns council leader

Crawley Council Leader Peter Lamb has called for the Prime Minister to return funding to Crawley’s police after he says new figures show cuts to police budgets are much higher than the new funding recently announced.

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In a press statement Cllr Lamb says that Sussex Police have lost 32.3% of their funding from central government, leaving local policing in a weakened state.

Speaking about the state of policing in Crawley, Cllr Lamb said:

“Following the loss of frontline officers, crime and antisocial behaviour are now the top issues residents raise with me on the doorstep. They are tired of seeing it in our town centre and across Crawley’s neighbourhoods. Only the police have the power to end the decline and only the Government has the funding to give us the officers we need.

“We deserve more from our Prime Minister than empty promises, it’s time he learnt to keep his word and gave Crawley back its police.”

Crawley Labour adds that this news comes on the back of recent revelations that despite 98% of police officers lost from the service in recent years having been cut from the frontline, around 7,000 police recruits will never see frontline duty.

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