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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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Three men sought by police after Crawley town centre shop robbed

Police are investigating an aggravated burglary at a phone shop in Crawley.

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Officers were called to the 3 store, The Martletts, at 12.09am on Thursday, 21 November after a burglary alarm was activated.

Police arrived at the scene three minutes later, to find the glass window at the front of the store smashed and a number of iPhones, Samsung phones and Huawei phones stolen.

Three men were seen on CCTV to approach the store with a crowbar, a large wooden construction mallet and a large builder’s sack.

They were dressed in dark clothing and had face coverings on. It is thought they approached the store via a footpath from the direction of Memorial Gardens, and fled the scene in a black Audi A4.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or who may have any further information is asked to report online or call 101 quoting serial 9 of 22/11.

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