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Crawley Council purchases town centre car park

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A town centre car park has become the fourth purchase for Crawley Borough Council in its bid to generate alternative sources of income to support its services to the public.

Kingsgate Car Park, on Queensway opposite the Memorial Gardens, is a 10-level car park with 496 spaces.

It is currently let to National Car Parks Ltd. (NCP) on a lease until June 2027. The rent will generate more than £300,000 per year for the council and is subject to annual increase.

Councillors have agreed a total of £26.6m for commercial property purchases since 2013, enabling the council to make purchases where there is a sound business case and no undue risk.

The council’s portfolio includes Atlantic House in Three Bridges, Ashdown House on the High Street and Ask Restaurant, also in the High Street.

Councillor Peter Lamb, Leader of Crawley Borough Council, said:

“The rental income generated from this investment will help to fund local services and limit Council Tax increases after a decade of cuts from central government.”

The council’s commercial property estate – primarily neighbourhood shops, light industrial units and workshops – is an important source of funding for council services, bringing in about £6.3m per year and providing a reliable income to spend on council services.

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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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