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Crawley Nightclub Moka could be replaced by flats and retail units

The shock revelation will mean the building that the nightclub resides in will be demolished.

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Rainer Developments are considering submitting a planning application that would see the demolition of Moka in favour of housing and shops.

The current site is owned by The Deltic Group who operate MOKA. Subject to planning permission being granted it is hoped that construction would begin in Spring 2020 and be developed by Rainier Developments Ltd.

The press release that was sent out to councilors today (27th June) states:

The scheme comprises the following main elements, which will be set out in greater detail at the exhibition:

  • 152 new town centre apartments
  • 7,000 sqft of commercial / retail floorspace, including the opportunity for co-working space
  • Publicly available Car Club provided by Bluecity available to all Crawley residents
  • Electric Vehicle Charging Hub for public use
  • New Pocket Park
  • Tree Planting
  • Public Realm Improvements to complement the Station Gateway proposals

They also say a public exhibition is to be held in County Mall Shopping Centre, (first floor unit next B&M) Crawley, RH10 1FP commencing at 12pm to 6pm Wednesday 3rd July 2019. 

But fans of Moka do not have to worry just yet as this is just an initial consultation and Deltic are keen to let people know that even if the site closes they would look elsewhere in the town for an alternative venue.

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

“It’s heartening to know that Deltic is committed to trading in Crawley and actively exploring site options for a new nightclub if the redevelopment plans on the MOKA site go ahead. Our night-time economy is one of the things that sets this town apart so this commitment is warmly welcomed.”

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‘End the Rail Rip-Off’ says Crawley Council Leader

The call comes just as prices have been announced to increase for another year.

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Cllr Peter Lamb who is also the Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Crawley has called for an end to the ‘Rail Rip-Off’ after it was announced that rail fares are to increase for another year.

Cllr Lamb says that the price of a season ticket between Three Bridges and central London has risen by over £1,100 since the Conservatives returned to Government while at the same time average real wages have fallen.

His call comes as more commuters question the quality of the services they are enduring with more and more taking to social media to complain of the lack of facilities and delays.

Cllr Peter Lamb, said:

“Like many residents, I depend upon the rail network to get to work. I know the frustration of being asked to pay out more and more every year for a service that just keeps getting worse. It’s time we had MPs who were willing to end the Rail Rip-Off and give the public back control over the nation’s railways.“

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