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Construction begins on new power plant in Crawley town centre

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Its aim is to bring greener energy to the town by capturing the heat and energy that is normally wasted away into the atmosphere.

Crawley Borough Council is calling it a ‘major milestone’ as construction begins on a new CHP plant within the site of the redeveloped town hall.

Expected to be completed by February 2022, the CHP (Combined Heat and Power) plant will be the first of its kind for the town centre and aims to produce more affordable heat and hot water for connected local residents and businesses.

The council says that it will be able to provide energy to 310 residential properties including homes at John Brackpool Court and the A2Dominion development on The Boulevard, the Town Hall residential development and the new Town Hall and will connect to the energy centre during the first phase of the project which they say will give a saving of 350 tonnes of carbon.

The scheme has been designed to enable a further 700 homes to connect to the energy centre, including new homes at Bridgefield House which have been built to be DHN ready.

There are opportunities for Crawley College, Crawley Police Station and future developments on the county buildings site to join as well, saving more than 1,500 tonnes of carbon per year.

The council will also explore the introduction of newer, greener technology as part of the phase two plans.

In compliance with the council’s local plan, the DHN will help significantly reduce energy and carbon emissions for both the council and the residents and businesses connecting to it, as generating heat centrally and distributing it through the heat network is more efficient than individual gas boilers. The CHP plant will additionally allow any waste heat to be captured and used to generate electricity for the new Town Hall.

Cabinet member for Environmental Services and Sustainability, Councillor Gurinder Jhans, said:

“This is an exciting development in such an important project. The council is committed to providing cheaper, greener energy and this project will contribute towards us becoming carbon neutral to help meet our climate emergency targets.”

For more information about the Town Hall project, visit investcrawley.co.uk/development/town-hall

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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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