Arndale Centre makeover would be huge boost for Eastbourne

Artist's impression showing how the extension might look, at the top of Terminus Road

Artist's impression showing how the extension might look, at the top of Terminus Road

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A MULTI-MILLION pound plan to transform the Arndale Centre is revealed today.

The major facelift promises up to 20 new stores, 500 jobs and Diesel Alley looks set to be pedestrianised.

The first images have been released of how the ageing centre could look following a £65 million makeover.

The extension, proposed by the Performance Retail Limited Partnership, will, if approved, create a completely redesigned western wing to the centre with the whole section of Terminus Road from the existing entrance by McDonalds right up to the Gildredge Pub being included.

The extension has been welcomed by council leaders as an exciting and vital boost to the town’s economy which will attract thousands more people to Eastbourne.

Those behind the plan say it will also boost Eastbourne’s wider retail sector, allowing many existing shops to expand into larger, more modern units and ensure the town centre remains a thriving and vibrant shopping area that offers the range of retailers local people want.

Before a planning application can be prepared however, agreement needs to be completed on proposed measures to improve the quality of the environment around the bus interchange on Terminus Road, known locally as Diesel Alley.

PRLP and the council say they are working closely to make sure any changes to the current interchange arrangements are integrated into the plans.

• See this week’s Eastbourne Herald (July 15) for the full story.