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Council search for group to run Crawley Refill campaign

Crawley Borough Council is looking for a local group or individuals to take on Refill Crawley.

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Refill is an award-winning campaign that aims to prevent plastic pollution by connecting people looking for water with local businesses, transport hubs and public spaces, where they can refill water bottles for free via a location based app, rather than buy a single use plastic bottle.

Anyone can download the free app to find Refill Stations near them. Participating cafes, bars, restaurants, banks, galleries, museums and other businesses simply sign up to the app and put a sticker in their window – alerting passers-by that they’re welcome to come on in and fill up their bottle.

Many businesses in Crawley are signed up to the scheme, including:

  • Kitchenette
  • All Day Café
  • Kismet Restaurant
  • The White Hart
  • Sage Vegan Restaurant
  • Love Bean Café
  • Revive
  • Wimpy
  • Waterstones Café
  • Costa
  • Caffé Nero
  • Pret a Manger
  • Arabica Coffee House

However the council are looking for a local group/organisation or a group of individuals to run the campaign for Crawley.

Supported by the council, the group will;

  • Sign up more local shops, businesses and community buildings as Refill Stations
  • Promote it to the public through events and other channels

Find out more about what is involved: https://refill.org.uk/start-scheme/

Cabinet member for Environmental Services and Sustainability, Councillor Geraint Thomas, said:

“With the need to reduce our plastic usage more prevalent than ever, Refill is a leap in the right direction and I am delighted so many businesses have signed up. We now need a local group to help champion the campaign in Crawley.

“I urge any interested parties to get in touch!”

Any local group or individuals interested in taking on this campaign should email sustainability@crawley.gov.uk

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See inside the new Dunelm store in Crawley town centre

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Dunelm, the UK’s homewares retailer, has opened a brand-new, high street store in Crawley on today, 28th May. 

The new store aims to bring Dunelm highlights, that have been handpicked by Dunelm’s design team and local customers in focus groups, to create a new ‘Crawley Edit’ store format on the high street.

The new store features dedicated live, eat and sleep zones as well as inspirational room sets. The extended range of products available online are also made shoppable through displays, interactive digital content, and augmented reality where you can see curtains, blinds and wallpaper come to life.

The eagerly awaited, ‘Edit’ store was due to open on the 2nd April, but to protect colleagues and customers, this was delayed as Dunelm closed its stores, until recently where they have reopened stores in a phased approach.

At the start of May, the government approved the reopening of homeware stores, but Dunelm waited until they felt ready and confident in their safety measures. After much planning and preparation, and enlisting the help of experts from the NHS, Government and Trading Standards, Dunelm has safely begun to reopen their stores.

Dunelm ‘Edit’ will have strict guidelines to ensure social distancing and hygiene practices are maintained. These guidelines include a limit on the number of people in the store, enhanced cleaning regimes in all areas, and protective equipment provided for all colleagues. 

Jemma WilliamsDirector of Busines Development, said:

“We are excited to open this High Street store and offer our same great product, at the same great prices. We have taken the best of what we do over the past 4o years and listened to what our customers want, to create this smaller format and share what we hope will be welcome Dunelm Highlights on the Crawley High Street.

Many people are excited to visit their local store, but Dunelm also understands that some people may feel uncertain about it, so they have introduced new ways of shopping. There is something for everyone, from contactless deliveries to virtual appointments with a personal shopper or a Made to Measure consultant.”

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