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Have your say on Crawley’s council-owned neighbourhood parades

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Crawley Borough Council is consulting on how it runs its 11 neighbourhood parades.

The current approach was agreed in 2004 following an Overview and Scrutiny Commission recommendation that the council adopt a more commercial attitude to the parades.

This approach is now being reconsidered by the Council-owned Neighbourhood Parades Scrutiny Panel, which has launched wide-ranging surveys for parade tenants and users of the parades to inform its work.

The management of the council’s parades comprises a number of aspects, which contribute to the way the parades are run. These include:

  • The level of rent set, and how this might be assessed
  • The type of uses allowed in the units
  • The balance of those uses within a parade
  • Potential tenants’ readiness to run a business, and their influence upon a parade, through the proposed use
  • Ensuring that tenants meet their repairing obligations alongside the council carrying out parade improvements
  • The basis upon which the flats above the shops are allowed to be let.

To respond to the survey, visit crawley.gov.uk/consultation before the closing date of Friday 11 June.

Councillor Bob Lanzer, Chair of the Council-owned Neighbourhood Parades Scrutiny Panel, said:

“Whether you’re a tenant or a shopper, we want to hear your views on the neighbourhood parades that you use.

“Please complete the survey and help the council decide how it runs its 11 parades.”

The council’s parades are Dorsten Square, Bewbush; Ewhurst Road, West Green; Furnace Parade; Gales Drive, Three Bridges; Gossops Parade; Ifield Drive, Ifield; Langley Parade; Northgate Parade; Pound Hill Parade; Southgate Parade and Tilgate Parade.

The parades at Broadfield Barton, Maidenbower Square and Peterhouse Parade are not owned by Crawley Borough Council.

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Watch amazing time lapse as new Town Hall comes to life in Crawley

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A time lapse video of the new Town Hall has been released by Crawley Borough Council, condensing 10 months of construction into just 100 seconds.

The video, which can be viewed here, shows the empty site transformed into a striking nine-storey building. Crawley Borough Council will occupy the bottom 3.5 floors and rent out commercial space on the upper floors.

The name of the commercial space will be The Create Building. The available floor space is between 14,000 sq ft and 77,000 sq ft and Crawley-based SHW are marketing this on behalf of the council. For more information visit shw.co.uk/crawley

The landmark building, which is expected to be ready for occupation in February 2022, is part of a wider regeneration scheme at the eastern end of The Boulevard in Crawley town centre.

The scheme also includes 273 flats (of which 109 will be affordable), a new public square, public realm improvements, ground floor commercial space for a restaurant/café and district energy centre. It is a joint development between Crawley Borough Council and Westrock.

The entire redevelopment is transforming a major town centre opportunity site. The new Town Hall will:

  • Secure the council’s finances through the ability to generate new revenue from commercial office tenants whilst achieving significant savings on the council’s current running costs
  • Provide a better, fit-for-purpose building for customers, staff and councillors
  • Contribute to achieving the council’s wider ambitions around affordable housing, post-Covid economic recovery, and tackling climate change.

Councillor Peter Lamb, Leader of Crawley Borough Council, said: “We are facing enormous challenges as a town: financial, as we are forced to keep doing more with less; social, as we struggle with a housing crisis decades in the making; and environmental, as we need to move quickly to zero-carbon to avoid climate catastrophe. The redevelopment of the Town Hall site is a vital part of Crawley’s efforts to meet all three challenges.” For more information visit investcrawley.co.uk/town-hall

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