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District deal in West Sussex and Crawley aims to drive economic growth

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West Sussex County Council and Crawley Borough Council have signed a new district deal to increase joint collaborative working between the two councils.

The Crawley Growth Deal identifies a number of key projects which feature in the Crawley Place Plan, which was endorsed by both authorities earlier in the year.  Both councils will now focus on these key projects to create the conditions for economic growth residents experience and to unlock investment opportunities.

Leader of West Sussex County Council, Louise Goldsmith, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to work closely with our local authority colleagues in the county. This is the first of our district deals, more will follow next year.

“The Crawley Growth Deal is the first in West Sussex and I am delighted that this council is once again jointly pioneering new approaches to delivering projects and services for the people of West Sussex in the best and most efficient way possible.”

Councillor Peter Lamb, Leader of Crawley Borough Council, said: “Crawley Borough Council is working to build a better future for Crawley.

“Regenerating the town centre and improving the quality of jobs for local people means attracting new investment into our town and the Growth Deal with West Sussex is an important step in making it happen.”

Key features of the agreement include:

  • Regenerating Crawley town center
  • An improvement program for Manor Royal
  • Closer working relationship with Gatwick Airport, including establishing a Gatwick Skills Laboratory to overcome potential skills shortages
  • Working to improve resident skills and employability in the Crawley area

 

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20 new jobs created as Argos to open new store inside Sainsbury’s West Green, Crawley

The store opens tomorrow (July 26th).

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The expansion of Argos stores within Sainbury’s continues with one now opening inside Crawley’s West Green store.

With huge pressure from online stores Argos has had to find a way to survive and its partnership with Sainsbury’s has seen the store evolve considerably.

Argos is now relying on what they call their ‘market-leading Fast Track Delivery and Click & Collect‘ and says that around 20,000 products can be ordered for same day collection in store and for home delivery in as little as four hours.

The new store will also have a Pay@Browse area with tablets that allow customers to make purchases for their products instead of the old catalogues and paper/pencil combination.

Martin Cawdry, Sainsbury’s West Green Store Manager said:

“We are thrilled to welcome the Argos team and even more fantastic colleagues to our store in Crawley.

The opening is great news for our customers, who are always looking for easier, more convenient ways to shop. We look forward to offering them an exciting range of products at fantastic value.”

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