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Has West Sussex County Council’s Chief Exec just supported the save Open House campaign?

Is West Sussex County Council split about the funding issue?

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More drama this morning as Crawley Council Leader Peter Lamb has tweeted a screenshot that shows West Sussex County Councils Chief Executive Nathan Elvery liking a tweet about the campaign to save Open House.

The original tweet by Cllr Peter Lamb read:

This was then followed this morning by another tweet showing that the Chief Exec had liked it:

So has the Chief Exec just shown his public support to the campaign?  West Sussex County Council has been asked for clarification.

What is clear though is the huge amount of support the campaign is gaining with now over 6,500 thousand people having signed the petition at time of publication.

Only yesterday, the Crawley Council Leader made it clear that is the decision to drop the funding wasn’t reversed then the relationship between Crawley Council and WSCC was over.  Read that story here.

 

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BREAKING NEWS: Sainsbury’s to close Crawley town centre store

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It has been an historic part of the town centre for decades, but now the supermarket on Queensway is to close its doors with the potential loss of jobs.

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Sainsbury’s says it has made the difficult decision after announcing it would close up to 15 supermarkets a year ago, pre-covid.

Sources close to the Crawley supermarket say that staff began finding out the news yesterday.

The supermarket said they would work with their staff at the site to try to find alternative roles within the firm.

A Sainsbury’s spokesperson speaking to Crawley News 24 said,

“We have updated colleagues on the difficult decision to close our Crawley store and we are doing everything we can to find alternative roles within Sainsbury’s for those affected.

“Customers can continue to shop with us online and at our nearby stores. For example, our West Green store is a short drive away.”

Whilst a date for the closure has not been announced, some sources say it could be as soon as January ’21.

Cllr Peter Smith Cabinet member for Planning and Economic said:

“I am sorry for the staff that will lose their jobs at this difficult time when most supermarkets are reporting improving profits.

We have had enquiries from other supermarkets looking for suitable sites who may recognise that there will shortly be an additional 2500 residential homes just a short walk away from this prestigious location. We will be doing all we can to help find a quality occupier as soon as we can.”

Crawley Councillor Francis Guidera said:

“It is tremendously saddening to read that one of the original major shops in the town centre is closing. A lot of housing provision is currently being created in the town centre area and there is an increasing, not decreasing need for food retailers in the town centre.

We haven’t even begun to knock down the administrative offices of the town hall which will be replaced by a huge apartment block, and they are still building the first apartment block on the former council car park as I type this! I genuinely hope that another food retailer grabs the huge opportunity to take on that store.”

The news comes just one after one of the most iconic town centre independent store, P&J Sweets also announced they were to close.

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