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Leaders celebrate completion of £60m major work improving Manor Royal access – 1 month before major road works start!

The main work may have been completed and the entrance to and from Manor Royal is all clear but in April 4 days of roadworks will bring chaos.



Pictured, Lynn Hainge, Economic Regeneration Manager, Crawley Borough Council, Steve Sawyer, Executive Director, Manor Royal BID, Louise Goldsmith, Leader of West Sussex County Council, Juliet Harshaw, Principal Engineer, Waterman Group, Bertie Spark, Engineer, Waterman Group, and Councillor Peter Smith, Cabinet member for Planning and Economic Development at Crawley Borough Council

Timing probably could have been better.

After a long period of extensive development and works there has been much celebration from the team at Manor Royal BID.

With ‘smart enhancements’ including landscaping with new trees, public art and formalised car parking in front of the Bank Precinct there has been such a flurry of activity that commuters cannot have failed to have noticed the improvements.

But whilst all this activity should be celebrated it does not meant the work in the area has actually finished.

In-fact, possibly the worst bit of road works is yet to come in April.

A large number of commuters who use the turning from Gatwick Road into Manor Royal are about to be led on a jaunt around the area to avoid closure of the first part of Manor Royal itself.

Manor Royal BID say that around 30,000 vehicles travel between Gatwick Road, Hazelwick flyers and the Manor Royal roundabout EVERY day! So that’s thousands and thousands of cars now being diverted through roads that never see anywhere near that number.

The dates to avoid all these problems are 9th- 12th April. You can read the full details here.

But whilst the news is not great for commuters at least after it is all done there will be some normality returning to the area and with a better looking one for certain.


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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