Published: 01 December 2022

From: Business and economy

Crawley Borough Council is urging people to buy local this Christmas to ‘keep it in Crawley’ – and has a parking offer to help.

Spending money in Crawley instead of online or out of town helps the local economy and keeps the town centre and neighbourhood parades vibrant.

Keeping it local also helps to create and retain jobs, pumps money back into the Crawley economy and reduces the amount of air pollution and traffic congestion.

To encourage people into the town centre to listen to Christmas carols on the Bandstand and do their Christmas and January sales shopping, the council has changed the daily flat rate in Kingsgate multi-storey car park to just £2.50 until 27 January.

The recently upgraded car park, opposite Crawley College and Memorial Gardens, is just a few steps from the shops, offers safe and secure parking with 24-hour access, CCTV and improved lighting as well as 24 disabled bays, parent/carer and child bays and lift access.

Small Business Saturday takes place on 3 December. Crawley has hundreds of independent and small businesses across the town centre and neighbourhood parades.

The council supports local businesses and has created an online tool to search what Crawley’s many neighbourhood parades have to offer.

A huge variety of produce and services can be found sometimes a few steps from your front door, or at most a short car, bus or bike journey – and if you’re travelling by car, you’ll always be able to park just a stone’s throw away from the neighbourhood shops.

Spending money in the town helps to keep retailers open and protects employment. So instead of shopping online or visiting another town or city to do your Christmas or sales shopping, please think about ‘keeping it in Crawley’.  

Councillor Atif Nawaz

Cabinet member for Planning and Economic Development

Crawley Borough Council

Small independent retailers and businesses provide much-needed variety to the town; we are delighted to support Small Business Saturday. Small businesses offer sustainable shopping and support producers locally too, what’s not to love?  

Wendy Bell


rawley Town Centre Business Improvement District