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Prepare for two days of traffic chaos in Crawley town centre as urgent road closures around old Morrisons store to take place

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The section missing the metal bar that fell.

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse with the traffic around Crawley then one of the major roads through the town centre is set to be closed for two days.

Pegler Way which forms part of the one way system around the town centre could be closed for up to two days as urgent assessment work is undertaken at Sussex House where Morrisons once resided.

Pegler Way and the A2219 (High Street) could both be closed.

The urgent work follows an incident where a large piece of metal fell from the building last week during the high winds.

The metal appears to have formed part of the facade around the building and photos show the height from which it fell close to the Travelodge.

The metal bar that fell from the building.

Two residents who saw the metal fall from the building reported it to the council and Sussex Building Control immediately attended to inspect the building.

It has since been decided that there is no immediate danger to the public however an urgent assessment has been requested to ensure the rest of the facade is safe.

In order to undertake this work however it means that a cherry picker is required in order for surveyors to reach the heights required and this cannot be done without being set up on the main road.

Sussex House which once housed Morrisons is covered in a metal facade which according to the contractors has 3,000 metal bars that surround the building.

The contractors of the building, Mclaren, have already begun arranging the assessement work required.

A spokesperson from McLaren said:

“McLaren is working with Horsham Building Council and Sussex Highways to expedite a road closure at Pegler way, Crawley.

“Health and safety continues to be the highest priority for McLaren and its partners. Working closely with our local subcontractors, we have carried out early stage assessments and have surveyed the site so that we can begin any required remedial works as soon as the appropriate road closures are in place.”

A Horsham District Council spokesperson said:

“Sussex Building Control have the authority to request an expediated examination if they believe it is necessary.

In this particular case , having carried out the initial safety checks and determined that there was no immediate danger to the public based on a number of factors, their building surveyors did agree it was necessary to carry out a more in depth examination within a reasonable timescale. This would require specialist equipment and safe methods of working by the relevant contractors.

Further safety checks will be carried out when road closures can be put in place to ensure the ongoing safety of the structure.”

It is not yet clear whether the High St will also require a road or lane closure as the metal facade wraps around all sides of the building. It is also not clear that if Pegler Way closes whether the car park will be affected or not.

It has now been confirmed that work will begin on Friday 24th Jan during off peak hours from 9:30am till 4pm.

One lane of Pegler Way around the building will be sealed off as work is undertaken. It has not yet been confirmed if Monday 27th Jan will also be required as yet.

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Aldi looking to open second store in Crawley, but where is it going to be?

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The UK’s fifth largest supermarket has been on an expansion drive in recent years as it targets having 1,200 stores open by 2025.

Among the towns it hopes to open in are Bognor Regis, Littlehampton, and Worthing.

Most excitingly for locals here though, it also wants to build an additional store in Crawley as well as Brighton and Hastings.

Aldi, which currently has more than 880 stores across the UK, has identified 20 new locations where it is looking for freehold town-centre or edge-of-centre sites suitable for development.

It says each site should be around 1.5 acres and able to accommodate a 20,000 sq ft store with around 100 parking spaces, ideally on a prominent main road and with good visibility and access. 

With Morrisons leaving their town centre location speculation has turned to whether this will now be the perfect location for the second Aldi.

Ciaran Aldridge, National Property Director at Aldi UK, said:

“Aldi is growing rapidly and we are welcoming around a million new customers into our stores every year.

“But there are also hundreds of towns across the UK where there is not an Aldi, meaning there are hundreds of thousands of people who can’t easily access the high quality, affordable food our customers love.

“We are willing to explore all opportunities, including developer-led schemes or existing retail units.”

The full list of locations it is targeting in Sussex are:

  • Bexhill
  • Bognor Regis
  • Brighton
  • Burgess Hill
  • Chichester
  • Crawley
  • East Grinstead
  • Eastbourne
  • Goring-by-Sea
  • Hailsham
  • Hastings
  • Haywards Heath
  • Horsham
  • Littlehampton
  • Midhurst
  • Newhaven
  • Portslade
  • Shoreham
  • Uckfield
  • Worthing

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