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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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Furniture Village opens its doors in Crawley’s County Oak Retail Park

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Crawley welcomes Furniture Village who will open a brand-new store in County Oak retail park this Boxing Day.

The new location offers a Carpetright concession, providing a one-stop-shop for customers looking to update their homes.

Visitors to the new Furniture Village store will be invited to create their ‘home in one’, by exploring collections for every room of the house, from sofas to beds to dining.

Charlie Harrison, Commercial Director at Furniture Village, comments:

“With much of the UK under lockdown, I’m delighted we’ve been able to open our new store in Crawley. County Oak is a fantastic shopping destination and the ideal choice for Furniture Village.

“It’s been a challenging year for everyone, but I am incredibly proud of the Furniture Village team which continues to offer industry-leading quality, choice and service. As well as Family Retailer of the Year, we’ve also been awarded National Bed Retailer of the Year so I’m particularly looking forward to welcoming customers to our new bed department.”

The store will see a team of 11 expert sales consultants offering valuable insights and advice to customers, all made possible thanks to enhanced Covid-19 safety measures.

These include temperature checks, PPE for all staff and hand sanitisation stations, along with an appointment booking system which can be accessed via the website.

Charlie Harrison, Commercial Director at Furniture Village, adds:

“Customer safety is still, and will continue to be, a priority for us. The feedback from all of our existing stores continues to be overwhelmingly positive, with the appointment booking system providing reassurance and exceptional service for customers.”

The store will open at 9am on Saturday 26th December 2020. Opening offers include Sale discounts of up to 50% plus an additional £50 off every £500 spent.

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