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Crawley Council want to know what you think about homelessness in the town

Crawley Borough Council is looking for residents to tell us what they think about issues regarding homelessness around the town.

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The council has recently undertaken a review of homelessness in the Borough and is working to produce our Homelessness Strategy (2019 to 2024) that will be published this year.

To ensure the strategy suits the needs of the town and its residents, the council would like residents to share their views via a short survey.

Questions will cover issues such as asking for advice on housing and homelessness, the type of housing that should be available around the town, the allocation of social housing, the perception around the causes of homelessness and more.

Cabinet member for Housing, Councillor Michael Jones, said:

“Homelessness is a key issue in Crawley and this is a significant piece of work.  It is important that we hear the views of our residents so we can ensure the strategy reflects the needs of the town, so we can work effectively with our partners going forward.

“I’d encourage all residents to fill in the survey and let us know what they think.”

Residents can fill in the survey at www.crawley.gov.uk/consultation until 23 January.

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Crawley jobs at risk as DW Sports goes into administration

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Jobs at DW Sports in Crawley town centre are at risk along with 1,700 hundred jobs across the country as the company announced it is to wind down the business.

The sports website has also been closed with immediate effect.

According to reports closing down sales are due to begin at the remaining stores as the business comes to an end.

Fitness First, a sister company of DW is to continue to operate as a separate company and its 43 clubs are not to be affected by the news.

Chief executive Martin Long said:

“As a consequence of Covid-19, we found ourselves in a position where we were mandated by Government to close down both our retail store portfolio and our gym chain in its entirety for a protracted period, leaving us with a high fixed-cost base and zero income.

“Like many other retail businesses, the consequences of this extremely challenging operating market have created inevitable profitability issues for DW Sports.

“The decision to appoint administrators has not been taken lightly but will give us the best chance to protect viable parts of the business, return them to profitability, and secure as many jobs as possible.

“It is a difficult model for any business to manage through without long-term damage, and with the limited support which we have been able to gain.

“Having exhausted all other available options for the business, we firmly believe that this process can be a platform to restructure the business and preserve many of our gyms for our members, and also protect the maximum number of jobs possible for our team members.”

Crawley Councillor Peter Smith, Cabinet member for Planning and Economic Development, said:

“This is terrible news for the staff of DW Sports; I sympathise with them and hope that they are able to secure other employment quickly. Our Employ Crawley service is currently providing free one-to-one employability and training support to jobseekers by phone, email and text.”

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