Langney shops now expecting to reopen in June

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Langney Shopping Centre shops did not open this week but the community remains hopeful some businesses will be up and running by the first week in June.

There has been progress in recent weeks after repairs to the roof got underway.

The agents for the owners of the shopping centre, London and Associated Management Services (LAMS), have said the repair works will be done in phases and shops will be able to open once their part of the store is completed.

Some stores, such as Tesco, have taken the opportunity of the closure to refurbish their shops.

It is hoped all the work will be completed and all stores reopened in July.

The agents are promising to make more announcements as work progresses and stores reopen. Last week, a spokesperson from LAMS told the Herald shops on the east side of the centre would be able to reopen this week but it now looks more likely to be June.

Langney Cllr Alan Shuttleworth said, “I have been advised that a number of the units which have access from the outside of the building have been cleared by the structural engineers and building control officers, as repair and reconstruction work is completed.

“A number of stores will soon be in a position to set up their businesses to begin trading. But my understanding is that this will be a gradual process through early to mid-June.

“The shopping centre will not be fully open until later in July.”

Cllr Shuttleworth has been campaigning for more information about the much-loved shopping centre and why its roof caved in.

He added, “Residents of Langney are eager to have the shopping centre open, and are also waiting for information on what caused the collapse.”