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Crawley Ice Rink gets approved and work begins in Goffs Park

The much larger location will allow many more visitors than ever before.

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At a planning committee last night it was agreed to allow Crawley Ice Rink to return this year in its new location of Goffs Park.

The new location means that the ice rink this year will be a lot larger than last years and will allow for more people to use the facilities.

First thing this morning (23rd Oct) work began on the building of the ice rink.

The new location is close to the entrance of Goffs Park a short walk from the car park.

A delivery lorry arrived very early to allow workers to begin construction.

Work can be seen starting on the construction of the ice rink.

The Ice Rink is scheduled to open on the 10th November.

But there have been questions raised by some about its new location, lack of parking and distance from the town centre.

One resident who lives on the perimeter of the park and asked not to be named said:

“The traffic is bad enough during the week here and parking has always been terrible.  This car park (Goffs Park) can only hold a few dozen vehicles and when the railway barriers are down its gridlock here.”

Last year the ice rink was located in the Queens Sq and proved to be a very popular attraction.

With no ice rink being allowed in Horsham this year the hope is that with a much larger site then even more people can come to the large open location and enjoy ice skating, in turn bringing even more people into the town.

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‘It’s not nearly enough funding’ warns Crawley Council as business grant applications open

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Eligible businesses can now apply for the latest round of business grants but Crawley Borough Council says the funding is not nearly enough.

Despite Crawley being responsible for 25 per cent of the economic output in West Sussex, it has been given some of the lowest grant funding in the county.

The government has given the council £3,733,396 made up of:

  • £1,485,216 in Local Restrictions Support Grant to distribute to businesses that pay business rates and have had to close during the second lockdown
  • £2,248,180 in Additional Restrictions Grant, which is given to businesses that don’t pay business rates and have been affected by the lockdown but not legally required to close.

Out of seven local authorities in West Sussex, only one received less than Crawley’s combined grants figure. Five councils received more.

The Additional Restrictions Grant is based on £20 per person in Crawley rather than the number of businesses in the town. This means that Arun District Council, for example, has received £3,215,160 due to a larger population but smaller economy.

And only one council in West Sussex received less than Crawley across both rounds of grant funding in April and November. Crawley received a total of £17,167,646. The highest – Chichester District Council – received £43,739,396.

In the first round of grants earlier this year only 23 per cent of Crawley businesses received financial help from the government.

Councillor Peter Lamb, Leader of the Council, said:

“The pot of grant funding provided by the government is very limited and does not recognise the number of businesses we have in Crawley.

“The way the grant settlement is calculated – on population and not on the size of the economy – means we have to turn most businesses away, while other councils have millions to spare. This is causing major hardship at a time when Crawley is already the hardest-hit economy in the UK.”

Businesses that have had to close during the second lockdown can apply for a Local Restrictions Support Grant by visiting https://grantapproval.co.uk

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