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More business rates to be kept local and pay for gigabit broadband

A successful bid to keep more business rates in West Sussex, supported by Crawley Borough Council, will enable residents and businesses to access gigabit broadband.

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The bid, to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, to keep 75 per cent of business rates collected in West Sussex – instead of the current 50 per cent – was one of 15 successful applications out of 35 nationwide. This means that there will be an additional £19.1m retained in the county annually from 2019/20. However, this will be spent on improving digital infrastructure as we are unable to use it to help with Crawley Borough Council’s financial challenges.

Councillor Peter Lamb, Leader of Crawley Borough Council, said:

“This is good news for the digital infrastructure of the county and, once complete, the ‘spine’ will enable residents and businesses to connect to a full fibre network.

“Crawley has the biggest economy in the county and must benefit from this successful bid. However, this money is not extra for individual local authorities and will have very little impact on our finances, which are getting more challenging every year. Much is made of announcements like this but it will have no impact whatsoever on council finance or the services we provide.”

A digital ‘spine’ will be created alongside railway lines, to avoid digging up roads. A full fibre network will be laid from which residents and businesses can access gigabit broadband.

The spine will accelerate investment in and deployment of further new digital infrastructure by reducing barriers to investment in full fibre access networks and new wireless technologies.

The network will run along the Arun Valley railway line, from Ford to Three Bridges, the Brighton Mainline from Three Bridges to Brighton, and a coastal route from Brighton to Ford.

Crawley is the economic powerhouse of West Sussex. The town occupies just two per cent of the land but collects around 35 per cent of the county’s business rates. The town generates more than £120m in business rates each year but keeps only £6m; 10 per cent goes to West Sussex County Council and the rest currently goes to central government for redistribution.

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Get ready, Krispy Kreme is coming to Crawley

Krispy Kreme is set to open a sweet new store at County Mall, Crawley – opening at 10am on the 25th June – you dough-not want to miss it!

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The store, shaped just like the iconic doughnut dozen box, will open its ‘lid’ to customers in Crawley just in time for them to get their hands on the much-loved sweet treats this summer.

To celebrate the grand opening, Krispy Kreme has planned an opening day jam-packed with fun for Crawley’s doughnut fans. To kick off the festivities, the first, second and third in line will be rewarded with extra special prizes, and to put the glazing on top, the first dozen in line will also receive exclusive Krispy Kreme goodies! 

Krispy Kreme’s very own buzz-wire will also be at the store on opening morning, giving customers the chance to win freshly baked, tasty treats… if they have a steady hand!

Bringing a ‘hole’ new look to the Krispy Kreme retail experience, the all-new box store will give Krispy Kreme fans joy-filled moments every time they visit. There will be sixteen varieties of sweet treats on offer at  the County Mall, Crawley store, from the iconic Original Glazed, to the melt-in-the-mouth Lotus Caramelised Biscoff. There’s a freshly-made treat to suit every taste bud!

Craig Evans, UK new store openings manager at Krispy Kreme, said:

”We can’t wait to meet Krispy Kreme fans at our new store at County Mall, Crawley – we know fans have been calling for a store in the area for some time, so we’re really looking forward to opening day.

“We’re all about sharing the magic at Krispy Kreme, so to celebrate the opening we’ll be dishing out hundreds of complimentary doughnuts across the local area in the lead up to the opening…shoppers and doughnut lovers, keep your eyes peeled – we will see you there!”

The new store at County Mall, Crawley is the fifth Krispy Kreme store to open its doors in 2019.

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