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Crawley has a new hang out and it’s amazing!

Comic book fans rejoice, there is a new place to hang out in Crawley and it’s the perfect place to chill while you chat the day away with other fans.

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Conceived by business partners Howard Clare and Christopher Mills The Comic Shop is the sort of place you ‘want’ to hang out in.

With its bright and clean atmosphere you are surrounded by comic themes and the enormous Hulk figure tops off the whole ambience perfectly.

Partner Howard Clare

Howard Clare explained the idea:

“We are both Gatwick stalwarts and we decided it would be nice to create a space for people like ourselves to sit and chat, read a comic, have a coffee and chat about the new avengers film.  I never had that as a child and I want to deliver that to Crawley.”

The themed coffee shop

Howard explained that after speaking to the town centre manager they choice their location as they wanted to help rejuvenate the end of the High St in an attempt to diversify the outlets.

So what can you expect to find?

Howard said:

“Our core product is comic books but we have tried to deliver an eclectic mix of merchandise as well, we have the themed coffee bar with hot and cold drinks and soon we will be launching our retro gaming area, with Nintendo, Sega and Atari games to play.

The ethos behind is a community feel, we just want people to be able to come in chat, feel safe and have a good time.”

Harry Potter fans will be delighted to see merchandise available.

With shelfs of comics and merchandise ranging from Harry Potter to Star Trek this is a haven for anyone who is fan of Superheros and comics.

The Comic Shop is now open 10am to 6pm 7 days a week at 42 The High Street.

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More business rates to be kept local and pay for gigabit broadband

A successful bid to keep more business rates in West Sussex, supported by Crawley Borough Council, will enable residents and businesses to access gigabit broadband.

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The bid, to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, to keep 75 per cent of business rates collected in West Sussex – instead of the current 50 per cent – was one of 15 successful applications out of 35 nationwide. This means that there will be an additional £19.1m retained in the county annually from 2019/20. However, this will be spent on improving digital infrastructure as we are unable to use it to help with Crawley Borough Council’s financial challenges.

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

“This is good news for the digital infrastructure of the county and, once complete, the ‘spine’ will enable residents and businesses to connect to a full fibre network.

“Crawley has the biggest economy in the county and must benefit from this successful bid. However, this money is not extra for individual local authorities and will have very little impact on our finances, which are getting more challenging every year. Much is made of announcements like this but it will have no impact whatsoever on council finance or the services we provide.”

A digital ‘spine’ will be created alongside railway lines, to avoid digging up roads. A full fibre network will be laid from which residents and businesses can access gigabit broadband.

The spine will accelerate investment in and deployment of further new digital infrastructure by reducing barriers to investment in full fibre access networks and new wireless technologies.

The network will run along the Arun Valley railway line, from Ford to Three Bridges, the Brighton Mainline from Three Bridges to Brighton, and a coastal route from Brighton to Ford.

Crawley is the economic powerhouse of West Sussex. The town occupies just two per cent of the land but collects around 35 per cent of the county’s business rates. The town generates more than £120m in business rates each year but keeps only £6m; 10 per cent goes to West Sussex County Council and the rest currently goes to central government for redistribution.

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