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Facelift for empty shopfront

The Queens Square regeneration programme is due to commence this summer.

Whilst the regeneration is underway, Crawley Borough Council is taking steps to enhance the existing space and also attract businesses to the area.

There are a number of empty commercial properties in the town centre that could benefit from a facelift making them more attractive to let.

The latest retail unit to be given a boost is the former Dorothy Perkins and Burton shopfront in Queens Square.

Councillor Peter Smith
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Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - 11:15

Retail park nears completion

A new Manor Royal retail park housing three major shops is nearing completion – with the first tenant set to open in September.

Acorn Retail Park, in Betts Way near County Oak, will become home to Aldi, Marks and Spencer Simply Food and Smyths Toys later this year and is expected to provide hundreds of jobs for local people.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - 11:15

New home for town centre artwork

The Martlets Tree sculpture has been unveiled outside Crawley Library.

The sculpture, which had resided in Queens Square since 1999, has moved to its new home to make way for the regeneration of Queens Square to take place and provide a more appropriate location for the artwork.

The sculpture was cleaned and repaired off-site before being 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, June 14, 2016 - 10:45

Contractors appointed for Queens Square regeneration

Queens Square’s multi-million pound facelift is set to start work very soon following the appointment of the main construction contractor.

Blakedown Landscapes won the bid for work following a tender process which began in January.

The £3.2m scheme, which will regenerate the public space at the heart of the town centre, is being jointly funded by Crawley Borough Council, West Sussex County Council and the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 09:30

Decathlon coming to Crawley

Europe’s largest sports retailer is set to open its first Crawley store in Queens Square in the summer.

Decathlon, a family owned business which opened its first store in Lille, France, in 1976, will be taking over the former Body Shop and adjacent units in June.

The store, which is growing in the UK and Asia but already a ‘go to’ brand in France and Spain, offers high quality Decathlon brand products for 70 sports over two floors.

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Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 11:15

Improving opportunities for local people

An ambitious plan to help Crawley people to access better quality job opportunities within the town has been launched.

The plan aims to address skills gaps in the local workforce through four main projects – a Town Centre Skills Academy, Gatwick Skills Laboratory, Crawley Young Workers Scheme and Employ Crawley.

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 14:00

Another major town centre planning application approved

A plan to convert retail and office space in the town centre has been approved by Crawley Borough Council.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - 16:15

Planning application for 90 town centre homes

A planning application for 90 flats on a car park at Central Sussex College has been submitted to Crawley Borough Council.

Arcus PDC has applied for permission to build a part eight and part six storey building on the site on Northgate Avenue.

College site development image
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Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - 16:00

Market moves to The Broadway and Haslett Avenue West

The town’s Friday and Saturday markets have moved to The Broadway and Haslett Avenue West.

The Broadway and Haslett Avenue West was identified in a recent analysis by the Retail Study Group as one of the best town centre spots for a market. Crawley Borough Council had to delay the move from its original High Street location because Haslett Avenue West did not have permission for street trading.

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Friday, February 26, 2016 - 09:00

Plans for station Gateway come forward

Exciting proposals to redevelop public space around Crawley railway and bus stations are being developed and Crawley Borough Council wants to know what people think of the plans.

The Arora Group are putting forward proposals to regenerate the area around Crawley railway station (known as Station Gateway), Station Way and Friary Way bus station. They aim to work together with Crawley Borough Council, West Sussex County Council and other stakeholders to regenerate this key part of the town centre, creating an inviting place for residents, visitors and business.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 10:30