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Market to move to Queens Square for Christmas

Crawley’s Friday and Saturday market will move to Queens Square for the busy Christmas shopping period, ahead of the area’s major £3.2m facelift.

Councillor Peter Smith, Cabinet member for Planning and Economic Development at Crawley Borough Council, said: “There isn’t a specialist Christmas market in the square this year so I’m sure stallholders will be delighted to trade there, especially when our festive events are taking place on Saturdays in the run-up to Christmas, giving the square an even greater buzz.”

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Thursday, November 26, 2015 - 14:30

Queens Square improvement scheme to be extended

The redevelopment of Queens Square will be extended to include the wide connector streets either side of the Pavilion Building.

The additional work will see the paving in the areas to the north and south of the building replaced to match that used in the redeveloped square.

Crawley Borough Council and West Sussex County Council are investing £3.2m into revitalising the area, with work starting in June and expected to be completed by April 2017.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - 16:00

Businesses benefit from Veteran Car Run

Town centre retailers had a good day of trading as 400 vehicles built at least 110 years ago trundled through on Sunday (1 November) as the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run returned to the High Street.

The run – the world's oldest motoring event – gave spectators the chance to see the vehicles up close as they passed through on their way to Brighton. The cars stopped for a time control check point, which provided an ideal opportunity for the crowds to take photos.

Retailers and food operators reported good sales as large crowds lined the High Street.

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Thursday, November 5, 2015 - 13:30

Building starts on new retail park

Work has started on a retail park in County Oak.

Acorn Retail Park, which will be home to an Aldi supermarket, Smyths Toys and M&S Simply Food store, is expected to open next summer.

The development is off the Fleming Way roundabout in London Road, County Oak, and being built by construction company Kier.

A 180-space car park and access from the Betts Way roundabout will be created.

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Thursday, November 5, 2015 - 13:30

Two major planning applications for town centre

Crawley Borough Council has received two major planning applications for mixed-use developments in the town centre.

Inspired Asset Management has applied to demolish 15-29 The Broadway and replace it with retail at ground level and 78 flats over six storeys.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015 - 16:45

Martlets Tree sculpture moving to library

The Martlets Tree sculpture will move from Queens Square to Crawley Library next year.

The move; which West Sussex County Council confirmed this week, will enable the regeneration of Queens Square to take place and provide a more appropriate location for the artwork, which was installed in 1999.

The sculpture will be cleaned and repaired off-site before it is relocated outside the library on Southgate Avenue.

It celebrates the heraldic origin of the Martlets, which feature in the town’s coat of arms, and includes more than 100 tiny Martlet birds.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 16:00

Council to buy affordable homes on development site

Crawley Borough Council is to buy up to 86 flats on a major development site to secure much-needed affordable housing and get a good deal for taxpayers.

The council will buy the flats on the former Southern Counties site at 27-45 Ifield Road from developer Crest Nicholson, following approval from members at the Full Council meeting on 22 July.

This is a key town centre opportunity site with outline planning permission for 218 flats with on-site crèche, gym and basement parking.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015 - 11:00

Queens Square Development gets green light

Major improvement plans for Queens Square have been approved.

Crawley Borough Council and West Sussex County Council are investing £3m into revitalising the area, with work starting early next year and expected to be completed by autumn 2016.

The scheme will redefine Queens Square as the heart of the town centre, creating a high quality, inviting, distinctive and enjoyable public space encouraging more people to visit, stay and make use of the area.

Queens Square
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Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 09:30

Market gets new location in a bid to increase customers

The town’s High Street market will be moved to The Broadway and Haslett Avenue West in the autumn with the aim of increasing footfall and sales for traders and retailers.

The current High Street market, which operates on Fridays and Saturdays, will move to its new home in October, where it’s set to draw in more customers benefiting market traders and Broadway retailers.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 17:15

Big UK brands set to help Crawley town centre thrive

Brands like Marks & Spencer, Boots and the Co-operative Group will offer support for town centre regeneration through Business in the Community’s Healthy High Streets programme.

Crawley was announced as one of just 34 UK towns to benefit from a bespoke plan this year, aiming to create a prosperous future for the town centre. Crawley is now one of 67 chosen over the last two years, following an application developed by Boots and the council and enthusiastically endorsed by the Town Centre Partnership.

Healthy High Streets
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Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - 15:00