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Residents are being asked for their views on plans for a major redevelopment in the town centre.

The proposals for land at the eastern end of The Boulevard will see the current Town Hall replaced with a new Town Hall with grade A commercial offices for rent to help fund local services, a new public square and public realm improvements. The neighbouring two-storey car park also makes way for the masterplan proposal.

The proposals also include around 275 homes in two residential blocks, one of which has ground floor commercial retail, and the infrastructure for a district heating network. At least 40 per cent of the housing on site will be affordable and the council’s allocations policy prioritises these units for long-standing residents. The Town Hall multi-storey car park will remain and will be upgraded under these proposals.

Crawley Borough Council and developer Westrock want to hear what residents think of the plans before the planning application is submitted.

Designs, artist’s impressions and plans will be available to comment on at exhibitions and online at www.regeneratingcrawley.org.uk/townhallsite until 31 July.

Manned exhibition time and dates are:

  • Town Hall foyer, Tuesday 4 July, 11am-2pm
  • County Mall (ground floor, outside Boots), Saturday 8 July, 10am-2pm
  • County Mall (ground floor, outside Boots), Monday 17 July, 11am-3pm
  • Town Hall foyer, Monday 24 July, 10am-1pm

 

Public consultation displays will be in the:

  • Town Hall foyer, 3 July, 11am-5pm
  • Town Hall foyer, 4-7 July, 9am-5pm
  • Town Hall foyer, 10-12 July, 9am-5pm
  • K2 Crawley foyer, 13-16 July, 8am-8pm
  • Town Hall foyer, 18-31 July, 9am-5pm.

 

Town centre stakeholders, council staff and councillors are also being given their chance to give their views on the proposals.

The outline agreement between the council and developer Westrock was agreed by councillors in February.

The new facilities will transform a major town centre opportunity site, providing around 100 affordable housing units while securing the council’s finances through the ability to generate new revenue from commercial office tenants.

A new Town Hall will also provide a better, fit-for-purpose building for staff, customers and councillors and achieve significant savings on the council’s current running costs.

The council will look to incorporate key elements of the existing building in the new Town Hall to retain vital links with the past while preparing for the future.

If these plans go ahead the current Town Hall will remain the council’s administrative centre until the new building is ready to move into.

Councillor Andrew Skudder, Cabinet member for Resources, said: “This will be one of the most important planning applications to be considered by the council so I urge as many people as possible to tell us what they think.

“All comments received will be considered before the planning application is submitted.”

Councillor Peter Lamb, Leader of the Council, said: “This scheme will enable the council to work more efficiently and provide much-needed affordable housing, while generating new income for services and helping to improve the appearance, economic vitality and environmental-friendliness of the town centre.

“We want this scheme to do as much good for Crawley as possible and you can help us to ensure we don’t miss anything out.”

The planning application is expected to be submitted at the end of July and, if approved, demolition of part of the existing Town Hall complex – to make way for the new building – would begin in spring 2018.

Construction of the new Town Hall would begin in summer 2018, with the first phase of housing already underway, and would be expected to be completed in summer 2020.

The construction of the second phase of housing would begin in autumn 2020 and be completed in summer 2022.

For more information on regeneration in Crawley visit www.regeneratingcrawley.org.uk

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Average families water & waste bill in Crawley to fall by almost £50 this year

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Southern Water Bill

The dramatic drop in the bill from Southern Water comes mainly as a result of a fall in price for the wasterwater element of the bills.

The drop of an average 11.2 per cent for 2020-21 is for the combined bill of water and wasterwater treatment services.

A typical combined bill for a domestic customer is expected to be £391 compared with an average charge of £440 last year – meaning a day’s services will cost only £1.07 a day – less than most bus fares. The cost is 13p a day or £49 a year less than last year.

The water element of bills is almost flat – the expected average is £159 compared with £156 in 2019-20. Wastewater bills will fall by an average £52 including a rebate of around £20 attributable to the company’s final settlement with Ofwat.

The big drop in bills comes at the start of a sustained fall in combined bills. Between 2020 and 2025 bills will fall by 18.4 per cent (adjusted for inflation). By 2025 the average household bill for water and wastewater will be just £343 a year. Water bills will fall 8 per cent during that time while wastewater bills will fall 24 per cent.

Southerwater say this is the start of a new ear with Ian McAulay, Southern Water chief executive adding:

“Water is essential to every aspect of our lives but it is under increasing pressure from population growth and climate change. So water companies have got to work even harder to face these challenges and keep it flowing far into the future whilst delivering the services our customers want and deserve.

Our customers have said they want us to do more to protect the environment and increase biodiversity, that’s why over the next 5 years our ‘Water for Life’ business plan will invest £4 billion into our region, generating jobs and protecting the environment whilst ensuring we keep bills affordable and support those in need.”

Southern Water has currently three key investments being worked on which include a £27.5 million five year phase of the Bathing Water Enhancement Programme which they say has helped to raise 58 out of the region’s 83 bathing waters to the “Excellent” standard.

They are also commissioning £100 million investment in rebuilding the Woolston wastewater treatment works and constructing a £15 million Chichester pipeline to support growth in the region.

Rachel Ryan-Crisp, Southern Water’s Vulnerability Lead, says:

“There are many people out there that don’t even know that these services exist and for an array of reasons whether they struggle to pay or require more support from their supplier. We can assist and offer extra care to a range of people such as those living with long-term illness, disability, the elderly and even new parent or parents with young children. Help us to help you by getting in touch for advice or by spreading the word to friends and family who could benefit.”

More details about our tariff schemes can be found here https://www.southernwater.co.uk/account/help-paying-your-bill

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