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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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Furniture Village opens its doors in Crawley’s County Oak Retail Park

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Crawley welcomes Furniture Village who will open a brand-new store in County Oak retail park this Boxing Day.

The new location offers a Carpetright concession, providing a one-stop-shop for customers looking to update their homes.

Visitors to the new Furniture Village store will be invited to create their ‘home in one’, by exploring collections for every room of the house, from sofas to beds to dining.

Charlie Harrison, Commercial Director at Furniture Village, comments:

“With much of the UK under lockdown, I’m delighted we’ve been able to open our new store in Crawley. County Oak is a fantastic shopping destination and the ideal choice for Furniture Village.

“It’s been a challenging year for everyone, but I am incredibly proud of the Furniture Village team which continues to offer industry-leading quality, choice and service. As well as Family Retailer of the Year, we’ve also been awarded National Bed Retailer of the Year so I’m particularly looking forward to welcoming customers to our new bed department.”

The store will see a team of 11 expert sales consultants offering valuable insights and advice to customers, all made possible thanks to enhanced Covid-19 safety measures.

These include temperature checks, PPE for all staff and hand sanitisation stations, along with an appointment booking system which can be accessed via the website.

Charlie Harrison, Commercial Director at Furniture Village, adds:

“Customer safety is still, and will continue to be, a priority for us. The feedback from all of our existing stores continues to be overwhelmingly positive, with the appointment booking system providing reassurance and exceptional service for customers.”

The store will open at 9am on Saturday 26th December 2020. Opening offers include Sale discounts of up to 50% plus an additional £50 off every £500 spent.

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