Town centre redevelopment to be extended

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

The area included in the redevelopment of Crawley town centre is set to be extended.

The redevelopment of Queens Square will be extended to include the streets either side of the Pavilion Building Crawley Borough Council has said.

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

The 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.

In addition, the Bandstand will be removed from Queens Square early in the New Year to be refurbished and redecorated before being relocated to the Memorial Gardens.

The Martlets Tree, public art installed in the square in 1999, will be moved outside Crawley Library.

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

It is also hoped to encourage new and existing building owners and businesses to invest in the area.

Councillor Peter Smith, cabinet member for planning and economic development at Crawley Borough Council, said: “I am delighted that working with the county council we have been able to extend the scheme.

“The Queens Square improvements are a key part of our town centre regeneration programme. The extension of the paving to both sides of the Pavilion Building will further enhance the area, drawing shoppers and visitors into the redesigned square.”

John O’Brien, West Sussex County Council cabinet member for Highways and Transport, added: “Extending the work to include the streets connecting to Queens Square will create a greater visual impact for visitors.”

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