AOA Summer 2021 Magazine

Crawley Borough Council will consult local residents next month on a new economic recovery plan for the town, driven in part by the “catastrophic collapse” in passenger numbers and resulting redundancies at neighbouring Gatwick Airport.

The plan is endorsed by an economic recovery taskforce set up by the Council last year in the wake of an alarming report shortly after the Covid-19 crisis hit from the Centre for Cities thinktank, which identified Crawley as the place at highest risk of job losses in Britain. The Council’s Head of Economy and Planning, Clem Smith, said that “the pretty alarming forecasts” from the thinktank had helped to galvanise the Council and its partners to set up the taskforce and to draw up the economic recovery plan.

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