In October 2017 Crawley Borough Council, Manor Royal Business Improvement District and Basepoint Business Centre working together delivered improvements to the well-used cycle route that links Ifield Railway Station with Manor Royal Business District as part of the Community Safety Improvements Programme (COMSIP). The improvement works came forward following requests made by a number of Crawley residents and businesses who expressed concerns that the pathway wasn’t well lit which was deterring people from using it as a route to work. The project, which was jointly-funded by the council, Manor Royal BID and Basepoint installed new street lighting to improve safety and visibility along the stretch of path linking Langley Walk and Metcalf Way.
Fast forward three years and we now have an opportunity to further improve this area following receipt of a grant from the Crawley Towns Fund that has been allocated to creating four micro-parks in Manor Royal. The first one is along the path adjacent to Metcalf Way. I have been nominated by the Manor Royal Bid Board to Chair the team delivering the work and we held our first on-site meeting with the artists and architects that are leading this work with the BID project manager Clare. The proposals are very exciting and seek to improve the appearance of the area in a complementary way as well as making the space more accessible to Manor Royal workers and visitors.
The scheme will be delivered early next year – so watch this space….
Cllr Peter Smith
Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Development
Here is the Manor Royal press release with the full details: Manor Royal press release
And here is the Manor Royal ‘story’ behind Manor Royal’s history: Manor Royal Story