Queens Square £3m revamp gets go ahead

The chosen design for Queens Square SUS-150603-163915001
The chosen design for Queens Square SUS-150603-163915001

Queens Square’s £3m regeneration project has been given planning permission.

Crawley Borough Council’s Development Control Committee voted for the plans on Monday (August 3).

The bandstand’s sunken area will be infilled and a central water feature will be installed (pictured).

The site will be repaved with the ‘high quality granite’ being used for its new seating and planters.

A previous planning meeting gave permission to move the bandstand to Memorial Gardens.

Brenda Burgess (Con, Three Bridges) was the only councillor who voted against the joint project by the borough council and West Sussex County Council.

Duncan Crow (Con, Furnace Green) said: “I think the people of Crawley will be very very happy with this.”

Andrew Skudder (Lab, Langley Green) said: “Full marks I would go for this.”

A speaker, Jeff Herbert, 70, of Wolstonbury Close, Southgate, said: “When you consider we have over 100,000 people who live in Crawley and they have had feedback from 764, now that’s a disgrace.”

Mrs Burgess said: “764 doesn’t seem a lot, I don’t know how to make it more but I do feel we could have and should have engaged with more and that includes the bandstand.”

Peter Smith (Lab, Ifield) said the number of people who responded to consultation was disappointing but added: “We did a reasonable amount of consultation within a cost effective way.”

Another speaker was ‘thoroughly against’ the proposed designs.

Mr Smith said the council had engaged a ‘high quality design company’.

He added the square’s access for emergency services would be dealt with at later planning meeting.

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