Eastbourne Arndale plans to go on public view

Artist's impression of a revamped and extended Arndale Centre, with 'Diesel Alley' pedestrianised. Gildredge Road is running down the left.
Artist's impression of a revamped and extended Arndale Centre, with 'Diesel Alley' pedestrianised. Gildredge Road is running down the left.

PLANS for the £65 million extension and refurbishment of the Eastbourne Arndale Centre will be unveiled at a public exhibition next weekend.

The exhibition will be held in the former Sony store in the centre on Friday October 14 and Saturday October 15 and is open to the public from 9am to 4.30pm on both days.

Images will reveal how the centre could look under plans to extend the Arndale Centre side of the Terminus Road bus interchange, adding up to 26 new stores and allowing some existing shops to expand into larger units.

The exhibition is being organised by Performance Retail Ltd Partnership – owners of the Eastbourne Arndale Centre – which is working closely with Eastbourne Borough Council.

The aim of the exhibition is to provide residents and visitors to Eastbourne with information about the proposals. It is also an opportunity to provide feedback.

Simon Russian, senior fund manager at Legal & General, one of the investors, said, “We hope as many people as possible will come along to the exhibition so that we develop proposals that will maximise the benefits for the whole town.

“With a project like this, it’s really important to keep the community informed and give an opportunity to provide feedback.”

PRLP is intending to submit plans for the extension to the Arndale Centre by early 2012 with a view to completing the scheme by late 2015.