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Massive Investment brings boost to Crawley

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Crawley Labour council cabinet members have welcomed 14.6 million pounds of Local Growth Funding from the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership.

The council has been working with partners at West Sussex County Council for the last three years to secure this grant funding from the C2CLEP. The approval by the LEP board represents a vote of confidence in the Crawley Growth package developed by Crawley Borough Council in conjunction with WSCC and business leaders from Manor Royal Business District and forms part of a total public and private investment package of 60m pounds in Crawley’s future.

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The funding will help to deliver infrastructure designed to support more homes, jobs and economic growth in Crawley. Schemes include delivery of several major initiatives:

· additional high quality office space in Crawley Town centre

· improvements to the streets and public areas in Queensway, Station Way, College Way and the Boulevard

· improved sustainable transport links between Gatwick, Three Bridges and Crawley stations and Manor Royal

· new forecourt for Three Bridges station

The programme is expected to unlock a total of 250 million pounds of investment when additional private sector investment is added in and will begin delivery immediately taking several years to complete. This ambitious investment supports our other key policy initiatives to deliver improved job prospects, better training and more opportunities for Crawley residents.

Council Leader Peter Lamb said:

“This vote of confidence in Crawley by public and private investors is very welcome, regenerating our Town Centre, enabling us to provide more affordable housing for Crawley residents and ensuring we have more and better jobs for local people for years to come.”

Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Development at Crawley Borough Councillor Peter Smith said:

“This grant is the culmination of much hard work over the last three years and will help to secure Crawley’s continued growth in the future. By working to improve our environment and together with our Crawley businesses we will see more and better opportunities coming forward for our Crawley residents as a direct result. This is thanks to Crawley Labour council’s determination to deliver for Crawley!”

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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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