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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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Stay healthy and well with Wellbeing Month at Crawley Library

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Next week marks the start of Wellbeing Month across all 36 West Sussex libraries.

Throughout March, libraries will be celebrating all the ways that books, reading and local libraries can help people stay healthy and well.

Special events taking place include:

  • Wellbeing MOT’s – offering advice, help and support on healthy diet, weight loss, stopping smoking, reducing alcohol, and more.
  • West Sussex MIND – will be advising residents about their new campaign ‘Moving Minds’ and providing information about the mental health services they offer.
  • Apetito drop-in and free taster – come and sample some of the delicious foods on offer from West Sussex County Council’s Meals on Wheels provider Apetito, who provide hot meals to elderly and vulnerable people across the county (Southwick library only).

There will also be NHS health checks, reminiscence taster sessions, story walks for children, games for families. Plus regular events including Knit and Natter, Relax with Colouring and ‘Melody for the Mind’, a singing group for people with dementia and their carers.

‘Melody for the Mind’ sessions are currently run at Broadfield, East Grinstead and Southwick Libraries, with a brand-new session starting at Chichester on Thursday 5 March.

Duncan Crow, Cabinet Member for Fire and Rescue and Communities, said:

“Libraries always have communities at the heart of everything they do, and this month is no exception.

“Wellbeing, both physical and emotional, is so important and the programme that has been created by the libraries team for Wellbeing Month has a variety of great activities, events and reading that will hopefully make our residents feel happier and healthier in mind and body.”

All libraries will have displays of books chosen by library staff to lift the readers mood and help them feel better. The genres range from uplifting poetry to non-fiction titles with practical advice for difficult times.

To find out more on everything happening during Wellbeing Month at your local library and throughout the rest of the year, visit www.westsussex.gov.uk/libraries

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