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Crawley’s historic High Street changed to improve safety

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Changes to the Historic High Street will improve pedestrian safety and prevent further damage to street furniture and fixtures.

Funded by Crawley Borough Council in partnership with West Sussex County Council, works are currently taking place in the Historic High Street to secure the pedestrianised area from vehicles and prevent illegal parking.

The High Street is a Restricted Parking Zone from the entrance of Pegler Way to just north of its junction at Cross Keys and any vehicle not correctly parked in a bay is liable for a Penalty Charge Notice.

In the past it has been difficult to enforce these restrictions during evenings and weekends. The continued excessive use of cars in this area puts pedestrian safety at risk, damages street infrastructure, affects local businesses and the local environment negatively.

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Owing to the Historic High Street’s status as a conservation area great care has been taken with the designs of new street furniture to ensure the proposed installations are in keeping with the surrounding area. The scheme includes:

•         Installation of a small span of new fencing and fixed/lockable bollards

•         Repairs and repainting of damaged electrical posts

•         Relocation of seating for events and to protect a potential vehicle access point

•         Repainting of other bollards in this area.

Long-term improvements are being considered to repair or replace damage caused by vehicles in this area, including tactile paving slabs designed to help people with visual impairments and the base of the ‘Golden Tree’ artwork.

Parking in the Historic High Street is only permitted in designated bays. However, other car parks are available in the area and in some cases are free (or very inexpensive) in the evenings including:

  • NCP Car Park at Cross Keys (near the entrance to Church Walk)
  • Cross Keys House car park
  • RCP Broadway surface car park
  • Orchard Street multi-storey and surface car park.

Councillor Peter Smith, Cabinet Member for Economic Development, said:

“The Historic High Street is one of the town centre’s greatest assets and we want to ensure that we protect both its historical value and value as a leisure space.”

Councillor Peter Lamb, Leader of the Council, said:

“The council is committed to preserving our Historic High Street as an important public space. As the recent damage to the Golden Tree sculpture has highlighted, uncontrolled vehicle movements in this area pose a risk to both pedestrians and property.” 

Claire Oak, Co-Chair of the Historic High Street Business Forum and Facilitator of the Circles Network, said:

“I welcome the changes being made and the great thought that’s been put into our Historic High Street. It’s a place brimming with character and stories of old.

“It’s my desire to see our Historic High Street showcase our diverse, vibrant culture and be a place of great interest, full of creativity.” 

Nicki Cheek, Co-Chair of the Historic High Street Business Forum and landlady of The Brewery Shades, said:

“Parking and moving vehicles blight the Historic High Street so these improvements will make this historic area much safer and more family-friendly.” 

The works are due to finish by 3 November. For more information about parking in the town centre, visit www.crawley.gov.uk/parking

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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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