Green light for Crawley market move

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A bid to relocate Crawley’s town centre markets to Haslett Avenue West and The Broadway has been given the green light.

Crawley Borough Council’s Development Control Committee approved plans to move the markets in Queens Square and High Street at a meeting on Tuesday (November 10).

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The planning rights for 27 stalls and three food vans in the location will be reviewed after two years.

Safety concerns over pedestrians crossing The Broadway near Taj the Grocer and the busy roundabout junction between the roads were raised at the meeting.

A speaker said congestion problems would be created at the junction during the morning rush hour.

Francis Guidera (Con, Tilgate) said a stall should not be placed opposite Taj the Grocer: “The buses travel up that road pretty quickly.”

Raj Sharma (Lab, Southgate) said: “There’s quite a lot of pedestrian movement from that corner to the other side.”

Peter Smith (Lab, Ifield) said: “We really need to get behind it because that’s what the market traders want and that’s what the residents want.”

Duncan Crow (Con, Furnace Green) said the highways authority, West Sussex County Council, had raised no objections to the application.

It was heard Crawley bus company Metrobus had not objected to the plans.

The committee was recommended to grant two year temporary planning rights to review the market’s impact on neighbouring properties, the appearance and pedestrian movement in the area.

Stalls will be placed on both sides of The Broadway from the car park behind Queens Square with nine in Haslett Avenue West.

The vans will be parked near the taxi rank in Haslett Avenue West, its junction with the Broadway and near the car park.

A council spokesman said the Friday and Saturday market in the High Street was due to move shortly.

The Queens Square Wednesday market was to move in January to make way for the area’s £3.2m regeneration project.

Market traders have supported the move.

A council statement said priority would be given to relocate existing traders from the High Street and then Queens Square.

Further stall holders could be attracted to the new market.

The council will run the market, subject to review and could contract its management out.

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