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New board members for Coast to Capital will help deliver its Gatwick 360 strategy

Four new board members have been appointed to support the delivery for its strategy for the “Gatwick 360” area.

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Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership announce the appointment of four new board members to support the delivery of its ambitious strategy for the area “Gatwick 360”.

The strategy sets out the scope for economic growth in an area which is hugely important for the national economy and has Gatwick Airport at its heart.

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Martin Harris, Managing Director at Brighton & Hove Buses and Metrobus, has been appointed as a Co-opted Director with a specific transport remit. Martin is passionate about delivering sustainable emissions-free travel and will provide strategic direction in relation to the Gatwick 360 transport priority, in particular the need to maximise the economic benefit from transport investment including railways, roads and ports.

Rosaleen Liard, CEO at Chequers Contract Services Ltd, has been appointed as a business representative Director and will be focusing on advocating for small and medium sized enterprises. Rosaleen has joined Coast to Capital’s 10 other business representative Board members that are contributing to the development of an effective private and public sector partnership in order to deliver the Gatwick 360 vision.

Vice-Chancellor at the University of Sussex, Adam Tickell, has been appointed as Coast to Capital’s education sector representative Director. Adam will be providing strategic leadership to deliver the Gatwick 360 priority to pioneer innovation in core strengths which will require university engagement across the area.

Daniel Yates, Leader of Brighton & Hove City Council, has been appointed as a public sector representative Director and joins the four other Local Authority leaders on the Board representing West Sussex County Council, Croydon Council, Surrey County Council and Mid Sussex District Council.

Tim Wates, Chairman at Coast to Capital said:

“Our Board boasts influential representatives from the public, private and education sector that have both specialist knowledge and passion for the Coast to Capital area. These new appointments strengthen the Board and will support us to deliver the Gatwick 360 strategy which will be the basis for negotiating further investment for the area.”

Martin Harris, Coast to Capital Board member said:

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to both contribute from my existing experience and to extend my understanding and appreciation of the many ways in which a progressive and innovative approach to our future transport needs will support our local economy, and to contribute to the LEP’s wider work in supporting the economy which is so vital to the wellbeing of our communities”

Rosaleen Liard, Coast to Capital Board member said:

“I am delighted to join the board of Coast to Capital as a business representative with a background in forging effective partnerships. I am looking forward to supporting the ambitious strategic plan across the region to stimulate sustainable economic growth while delivering great places to live and work.”

Adam Tickell, Coast to Capital Board member said:

“I am honoured to have been asked to join the Board of Coast to Capital. The University is Sussex, like the rest of the region’s universities, is committed to supporting the needs of the area and I have been deeply impressed by the vigour with which Coast to Capital has developed its plans to support sustainable growth.”

Daniel Yates, Coast to Capital Board member said:

“I am excited by the opportunity to contribute to delivering the infrastructure and development that the broader LEP economy requires. Like so many other local authority Leaders I recognise that the economic benefits of work across the region are felt within the city boundaries and being able to fully play my part in ensuring this continues is a great honour and challenge.”

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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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