In the 1950s the High Street was the hub of the town, it was where everyone shopped, socialised and met.
Most people walked into town for their shopping and entertainment. Fast forward to 2014 and the High Street is just a short term car park, lined with estate agents and a gradually growing amount of restaurants and bars. There is hardly a single shop left in it. During the day it is practically deserted, it only comes to life after dark. Everyone comes into town by car, or bus, hardly any one has a need to go to the High Street, any more.
Meanwhile Queens Square is dying. Shops are haemorrhaging out of the town at an alarming rate. Crawley is beginning to look like a ghost town. Supermarkets and on-line shopping have all played their part in the decline, but so have our town planners.
On a Wednesday, the town had begun to show signs of life. Having Crawley Market, central in the town, like Redhill and Horsham, has attracted shoppers from out of the County Mall, to the benefit of other shops and businesses in the square. I know many other stall holders have been waiting to see if this arrangement was to be made permanent, before committing themselves to setting up here.
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