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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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Can you help save Maggy’s from closing?

Since opening its doors back in June ’18 Maggy’s has grown hugely in popularity, but after planning officers refused to allow them to stay they are unable to find anywhere else to move to and may have to close.

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The affordable food store is in a quandary. It’s success has meant that the store should be able to grow and continue to support the local community.

But ever since Maggy’s opened its doors it has encountered problems with the planning officers who say that the store does not meet the category of business it needs to be in the location it is.

This has caused a real problem for the store and ever since this was discovered they have tried to find a solution with Crawley Council about what they are to do.

Now with only weeks left before the deadline when they have to move out they still have been unable to find a suitable venue that is affordable for them.

Now Maggies and owner Ziggy are desperate for help in finding somewhere they can move to but that is also easy for local people to reach.

If somewhere is not found within weeks then the unthinkable will have to happen and Maggy’s could be no more.

If anyone is able to help them Ziggy asks if they can get in touch via their facebook page here.

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