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New homes on their way as Crawley Council sets to meet housing demand

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New homes are on the way in Crawley as Crawley Borough Council works to meet the demand for housing in the area.

Bridgefield House is among one of the new developments currently being built in the town centre.

Situated behind Crawley College along Northgate Avenue, the council purchased the land in 2018 and is working with Buxton to deliver a part eight, part six storey building consisting of 98 shared ownership and affordable flats with parking.

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Next to the Town Hall, the former Babcocks car park is currently being redeveloped by A2 Dominion into 91 affordable flats. Due to be completed in October 2020.

Work on the Town Hall development has also begun, the project will see a brand new 9-storey building housing the new Town Hall and commercial office space and up to 182 new flats of which a further 18 will be affordable.

Along the Broadway, developers were granted permission in 2016 for a mixed use development consisting of 77 homes on the upper levels and retail units on the ground floor. Work is due to be completed in Summer 2020.  

John Brackpool Close in Kilnmead is the latest town centre development to be completed. Named after a local soldier who was killed in action in July 2009. The affordable rented housing scheme is home to 32 flats and five houses.

Cabinet member for Planning and Economic Development, Councillor Peter Smith, said:

“The council is working hard to deliver homes for Crawley people and to bring more investment into the town centre. Identifying and delivering key sites for town centre living is an important part of that plan. We recognise that more local people are choosing to live and work ‘in town’, with its easy access to transport and leisure facilities and we want to make that possible.”

Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Ian Irvine, said:

“I am delighted to see more homes being delivered by the council and our partners. The development of new homes is a priority and these projects are a step in the right direction. Crawley is a fantastic place for people to, live, work and settle and I look forward to seeing each project complete over the next few months.”

To find out more about redevelopment and opportunities in Crawley, visit www.investcrawley.co.uk

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What to expect when Primark reopens in Crawley in two weeks

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Primark is working re-open their stores on the 15th june and the store has been working hard to ensure their employee and customer safety is their highest priority.

So what can customers expect to find implemented when they reopen?

Social distancing:

There will be a limit on the number of customers allowed in store at any one time to allow for the appropriate distance in between customers and employees, following government guidelines.

There will be clear signage and floor decals, as well as dedicated employees and additional security staff, to guide customers through the store in a way that limits contact with others.

Every second till will be closed to allow more space between customers and between employees.

The store will temporarily close off fitting rooms and customer toilets.

Personal protection for employees and customers:

Hand sanitiser stations will be made available at the entrance and on the shop floor and back of house for employee and customer use. Face masks and gloves will be made available to all Primark employees.

Perspex screens have been installed on tills to protect customers and employees.

Increased in-store cleaning:

The frequency and rigour of store cleaning will increase, particularly around high frequency touchpoints such as tills, escalators, lifts, and employee areas in back of house.

A basket cleaning system is also being introduced.

Primark CEO, Paul Marchant, said:

“As we re-open our stores in England, nothing matters more than the health and wellbeing of our colleagues and customers.

“We have really missed our customers and we are delighted to be back on 15 June and able to provide them with the quality, affordable products they love from Primark.

“We know that life for our customers is going to look different for a while. We want our stores to be safe and reassuring places to shop and work. While it might take a little longer to get into our stores, once inside, customers will find all their favourite Primark products and we have worked hard to make sure that clear signage and extra help will be there to guide them through the changes we have made to allow for social distancing.

“We will adopt all government safety advice as a minimum in our stores and have benefited from our experience in the other markets in Europe where we have already opened successfully. As we open, we will continue to look at best practice across the retail sector and amend our measures appropriately.

“I would like to thank all of our colleagues and partners for the commitment, strength and resilience they have shown through these challenging times.”

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