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Crawley Council prepares town centre for shops reopening

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Following the government’s announcement that non-essential retail can reopen on Monday (15 June), the council is attempting to make the town safe for the return of shoppers.

The council will be installing signage and floor vinyls across the town centre to remind visitors to:

·       Follow social distancing guidelines

·       Pay by contactless where possible

·       Follow directional signage

·       Wear face coverings when social distancing isn’t possible

·       Be considerate and give way where paths are narrow.

Retailers will be responsible for their own signage and queuing systems within and outside their shops. To control the spread of infection, it is vital for businesses that choose to open to follow strict social distancing and hygiene measures.

Councillor Peter Lamb, Leader of Crawley Borough Council, said:
“Ultimately, there is no action the council can take which will guarantee people’s safety.

“The only thing which will limit the spread of Covid-19 is for everyone to keep their time spent away from home to an absolute minimum and maintain social distancing when away from home at all times.”

The council will continue to assess how the government’s lockdown policies impact upon local business over the coming weeks and months, providing support where possible.

To date, the council has paid out £11.91m to 822 businesses in Small Business Grants and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grants and is open to applications for Discretionary Business Grants from micro and small businesses until Sunday evening (14 June).

For more information and to apply for a Discretionary Business Grant visit https://bit.ly/cbcdiscretionarygrant

For information on how coronavirus is affecting council services visit crawley.gov.uk/coronavirus

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Aldi looking to open second store in Crawley, but where is it going to be?

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The UK’s fifth largest supermarket has been on an expansion drive in recent years as it targets having 1,200 stores open by 2025.

Among the towns it hopes to open in are Bognor Regis, Littlehampton, and Worthing.

Most excitingly for locals here though, it also wants to build an additional store in Crawley as well as Brighton and Hastings.

Aldi, which currently has more than 880 stores across the UK, has identified 20 new locations where it is looking for freehold town-centre or edge-of-centre sites suitable for development.

It says each site should be around 1.5 acres and able to accommodate a 20,000 sq ft store with around 100 parking spaces, ideally on a prominent main road and with good visibility and access. 

With Morrisons leaving their town centre location speculation has turned to whether this will now be the perfect location for the second Aldi.

Ciaran Aldridge, National Property Director at Aldi UK, said:

“Aldi is growing rapidly and we are welcoming around a million new customers into our stores every year.

“But there are also hundreds of towns across the UK where there is not an Aldi, meaning there are hundreds of thousands of people who can’t easily access the high quality, affordable food our customers love.

“We are willing to explore all opportunities, including developer-led schemes or existing retail units.”

The full list of locations it is targeting in Sussex are:

  • Bexhill
  • Bognor Regis
  • Brighton
  • Burgess Hill
  • Chichester
  • Crawley
  • East Grinstead
  • Eastbourne
  • Goring-by-Sea
  • Hailsham
  • Hastings
  • Haywards Heath
  • Horsham
  • Littlehampton
  • Midhurst
  • Newhaven
  • Portslade
  • Shoreham
  • Uckfield
  • Worthing

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