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Travelodge opens 11th West Sussex hotel in East Grinstead

The hotel chain is ‘actively looking for eight hotel sites’ in other locations across West Sussex.

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[Credit: East Grinstead Town Council]

Travelodge also announces it is looking for eight more hotel sites across West Sussex as it targets the area for growth.

This level of expansion would represent an investment of £65 million for third party investors and create 160 new jobs.

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On Wednesday 24 October, the Mayor of East Grinstead, Councillor Rex Whittaker, joined Tony O’ Brien, Travelodge UK Development Director to officially open East Grinstead’s first Travelodge hotel.

East Grinstead Travelodge a multi-million investment for the landlord and has created 17 new jobs. It is located on 2 Little King Street, East Grinstead, RH19 3DJ,and is the company’s 568 hotel and 11th in West Sussex.

The hotel has been styled in Travelodge’s latest brand design and offers family, double and accessible rooms. Rooms feature the company’s signature luxurious king size Travelodge Dreamer bed which sits within a mood lighting surround and has bedside charging points. Family rooms also include two individual beds for children.

Travelodge rooms also feature LED ceiling lighting, providing a warmer ambience, a ‘comfort cooling’ system, a 32 inch Freeview TV, WiFi and free in-room tea & coffee making facilities. Rooms are available from £29 and can be booked online at www.travelodge.co.uk

At the official event opening of East Grinstead Travelodge, the company also announced that West Sussex is a key growth area and that they are actively looking for a further eight hotel sites across the county. Target locations include: Brighton, Bognor, Burgess Hill, Chichester, Hastings, Haywards Heath, Hove and Shoreham-by-the-Sea.

[Credit: East Grinstead Town Council]

This level of expansion would represent an estimated investment of approximately £65 million for third party investors and create around 160 new jobs – it would also boost Travelodge’s portfolio to 19 hotels in West Sussex – cementing its position as the county’s largest budget hotelier.

Tony O’Brien, Travelodge UK Development Director said:

“We are delighted to be celebrating our 30th anniversary in West Sussex by opening our first hotel in East Grinstead. Over the last three decades, Travelodge has become famous across the county for offering unbeatable value and making travel affordable for everyone, which has helped attract more business and leisure travellers to the area.”

“As we look to the future, West Sussex is a target growth area for Travelodge. The local economy is growing at pace and with increasing visitor numbers to the area, there is still a shortage of good quality accommodation at a great value price. Therefore to meet this growing consumer demand we are actively looking for eight hotel sites in the following locations: Brighton, Bognor, Burgess Hill, Chichester, Hastings, Haywards Heath, Hove and Shoreham-by-the-Sea. Collectively this expansion programme would represent an estimated investment of approximately £65 million for third party investors and create around 160 new jobs.”

East Grinstead Travelodge is being managed by Ewa Stecko, who joined the company ten years ago as a Housekeeping team member. Ewa is one of thousands of Travelodge employees who have joined the company in an entry level position and successfully climbed the career ladder into management – via the in-house management development programme.

Ewa Stecko, East Grinstead Travelodge Hotel Manager said:

“I am very proud to have built a fantastic team who are as passionate as me about delivering great customer service. Our hotel has got off to a flying start and customers are loving our rooms, especially the luxurious Travelodge Dreamer bed.”

“Looking ahead, business on the books is very encouraging and we are set for a very busy festive season. This is great news for the local economy too; as research shows our customers will spend £2 million annually with local businesses during their stay.”

The Mayor of East Grinstead, Councillor Rex Whittaker said:

“I am delighted to welcome Travelodge to East Grinstead. This investment and job creation is a great addition to our business community. Having a branded budget hotel in the town centre will certainly help attract new business and leisure travellers to our historic town, which will give a great boost our local economy.”

[Credit: East Grinstead Town Council]

East Grinstead is one of 20 hotels Travelodge expects to open this year.

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More business rates to be kept local and pay for gigabit broadband

A successful bid to keep more business rates in West Sussex, supported by Crawley Borough Council, will enable residents and businesses to access gigabit broadband.

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The bid, to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, to keep 75 per cent of business rates collected in West Sussex – instead of the current 50 per cent – was one of 15 successful applications out of 35 nationwide. This means that there will be an additional £19.1m retained in the county annually from 2019/20. However, this will be spent on improving digital infrastructure as we are unable to use it to help with Crawley Borough Council’s financial challenges.

Councillor Peter Lamb, Leader of Crawley Borough Council, said:

“This is good news for the digital infrastructure of the county and, once complete, the ‘spine’ will enable residents and businesses to connect to a full fibre network.

“Crawley has the biggest economy in the county and must benefit from this successful bid. However, this money is not extra for individual local authorities and will have very little impact on our finances, which are getting more challenging every year. Much is made of announcements like this but it will have no impact whatsoever on council finance or the services we provide.”

A digital ‘spine’ will be created alongside railway lines, to avoid digging up roads. A full fibre network will be laid from which residents and businesses can access gigabit broadband.

The spine will accelerate investment in and deployment of further new digital infrastructure by reducing barriers to investment in full fibre access networks and new wireless technologies.

The network will run along the Arun Valley railway line, from Ford to Three Bridges, the Brighton Mainline from Three Bridges to Brighton, and a coastal route from Brighton to Ford.

Crawley is the economic powerhouse of West Sussex. The town occupies just two per cent of the land but collects around 35 per cent of the county’s business rates. The town generates more than £120m in business rates each year but keeps only £6m; 10 per cent goes to West Sussex County Council and the rest currently goes to central government for redistribution.

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