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West Sussex Council leader responds to Crawley demands on cuts: “It’s important that local authorities work together to find a solution”

Responding to the public outcry surrounding the news that proposed financial cuts could lead to places like Crawley’s Open House closing, the leader of West Sussex County Council has penned a statement.

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This comes just a day after Crawley Council Leader Peter Lamb posted a copy of a letter he sent to Ms Goldsmith detailing how if such cuts were to go ahead, then Crawley’s relationship with West Sussex would end.  You can read the letter here.

And only this morning, another revelation came to light when it appeared that Nathan Elvery, Chief Exec for West Sussex County Council was showing his support for Open House by liking a tweet from Cllr Peter Lamb.  Read the story here.

CN24 contacted West Sussex County Council to ask for a response from Ms Goldsmith.

Louise Goldsmith, Leader of West Sussex County Council said:

“I acknowledge that supported housing projects help a number of vulnerable people including those who are homeless, rough sleepers and ex-offenders. We no longer have dedicated funding for housing support from central government and the services we provide are not statutory unlike many others which are under pressure. We recognise that making savings in this area could lead to an increase in pressure on other services in the long-run and we will work closely with our partners in the voluntary sector and other local authorities to find ways to keep the impact of any funding changes to a minimum.

“It’s important to emphasise that no decisions have been taken on where potential savings can be made and we will open consultation on the future funding of these services this month which will allow us to hear from affected stakeholders before any final decisions are made.

“Local authorities across the country are having to make really difficult decisions about how to spend their ever decreasing finances and West Sussex is no exception. We simply do not have the money to continue delivering the services we currently deliver in the same way and we want to have a really open conversation with our residents about the decisions we have to make around spending their money.

“It’s important that local authorities work together to find a solution to the financial pressures we face and I am committed to supporting and helping the housing authorities in West Sussex – our district and boroughs – together with housing charities, to tackle this very complex issue.”

You can read how this all started here.

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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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