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Crawley town centre makeover well under way

Phase one of the regeneration of Queensway, The Pavement and Kingsgate is well underway.

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Blakedown Landscapes, who built the award-winning Queens Square, started on site in January and have made swift progress, removing old street furniture, including benches and the lighting columns between Queens Square and The Pavement, along with the paving.

Trees along Queensway have been removed along with the topsoil and concrete planters. This was done early to avoid the bird nesting season and to enable the new works to take place.  At a later date, 13 new trees will be planted into the area.

The new trees will not only complement the new design, but will require less maintenance, saving time and resources.

In addition, around 3000 new shrubs will be incorporated into the redesigned entrance to Memorial Gardens.

Before the works began, the council’s town centre Patch Team removed a significant number of plants, some of which have since been re-planted in Langley Green and Ifield.

Over the next few weeks, Blakedown will continue to remove the old paving and level out the ground, ready for drainage and the first wave of new paving blocks to be installed. The phone kiosk currently situated at the entrance to the pavement will also be removed.

Cabinet member for Planning and Economic Development, Councillor Peter Smith, said: “It’s great to see the next phase of the regeneration works well underway. Transforming the area into an attractive, inviting space using the same award winning approach used in Queens Square is exciting and will help to encourage residents, visitors and businesses in the Queensway.”

Continuing this, Louise Goldsmith, Leader at West Sussex County Council, said:

“It’s great to see the Queensway scheme’s successful start. This is a natural extension to the Queen Square project and an excellent example of how the Crawley Growth Programme’s positive partnership continues to deliver regeneration and growth for Crawley.”

Jonathan Sharrock, Chief Executive at Coast to Capital said:

“Crawley is ranked amongst some of the top performing areas for business and productivity in the Coast to Capital area which is reflected by the vibrant nature of the town. A strong mix of retail space, business units and transport infrastructure gives reason for many people and businesses to move here. There is a big opportunity for Crawley to play a major part in our ambition, by investing in the Crawley Growth Programme we will ensure that the area has sufficient transport links and public space for the future.

“We are delighted to see such fantastic progress in many local projects including the Queensway developments and we look forward to working with partners across all sectors to ensure the Coast to Capital area is a fantastic place to live, grow and succeed.”

All shops and businesses will remain open as usual while the works take place, for more information about the scheme including regular project updates, visit www.regeneratingcrawley.org.uk/queensway

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Get ready, Krispy Kreme is coming to Crawley

Krispy Kreme is set to open a sweet new store at County Mall, Crawley – opening at 10am on the 25th June – you dough-not want to miss it!

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The store, shaped just like the iconic doughnut dozen box, will open its ‘lid’ to customers in Crawley just in time for them to get their hands on the much-loved sweet treats this summer.

To celebrate the grand opening, Krispy Kreme has planned an opening day jam-packed with fun for Crawley’s doughnut fans. To kick off the festivities, the first, second and third in line will be rewarded with extra special prizes, and to put the glazing on top, the first dozen in line will also receive exclusive Krispy Kreme goodies! 

Krispy Kreme’s very own buzz-wire will also be at the store on opening morning, giving customers the chance to win freshly baked, tasty treats… if they have a steady hand!

Bringing a ‘hole’ new look to the Krispy Kreme retail experience, the all-new box store will give Krispy Kreme fans joy-filled moments every time they visit. There will be sixteen varieties of sweet treats on offer at  the County Mall, Crawley store, from the iconic Original Glazed, to the melt-in-the-mouth Lotus Caramelised Biscoff. There’s a freshly-made treat to suit every taste bud!

Craig Evans, UK new store openings manager at Krispy Kreme, said:

”We can’t wait to meet Krispy Kreme fans at our new store at County Mall, Crawley – we know fans have been calling for a store in the area for some time, so we’re really looking forward to opening day.

“We’re all about sharing the magic at Krispy Kreme, so to celebrate the opening we’ll be dishing out hundreds of complimentary doughnuts across the local area in the lead up to the opening…shoppers and doughnut lovers, keep your eyes peeled – we will see you there!”

The new store at County Mall, Crawley is the fifth Krispy Kreme store to open its doors in 2019.

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