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Free pavement licenses for Crawley cafés, restaurants and bars



Local cafés, restaurants and bars in Crawley can now apply for free pavement licences to provide outdoor seating, following a change in legislation in July 2020.

This is one of a series of measures afforded to Crawley Borough Council to help boost the recovery process for local businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

No business can operate any trading or provide outdoor tables and chairs without an appropriate consent or pavement licence in place. To make a licence application, business owners are required to complete an online application form.

Businesses will also need to ensure any outdoor seating arrangements comply with social distancing measures and COVID-19 secure business practices.

Chair of Licensing Committee, Councillor Michael Jones, said:

“Like many others, our local hospitality industry has been hit hard by the pandemic. The next few months are going to be crucial for their recovery and the council is committed to supporting our local businesses as much as possible.

“This change in legislation means that we have been able to respond quickly to enable our borough’s cafes and restaurants to have tables and chairs outside their premises, to attract more customers and make it a safer environment during the pandemic.”

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



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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