Langney residents and business people met at Shinewater Community Centre to discuss the local shopping centre last night (January 17).
Langney Shopping Centre has been closed for exactly one month after the roof collapsed just before Christmas. It closure is proving to be a massive loss to the community.
The businesses and market stall holders are desperate to start trading again and last night they shared their ideas.
Many hoped some temporary arrangements could be set up to allow the popular twice-weekly market to take place in the car park once more.
Langney resident Debbie Box, who set up the Facebook group called SAVE Langney Shopping Centre, said, “Our main focus until the report comes out should be on how we get some form of trading back on the site.
“The group were very keen to have the market trading and some good ideas we given to the panel.
“It was also suggested that some kind of structure similar to what Boots did when they were closed for some time in the harbour should also be erected.”
Langney Cllr Alan Shuttleworth also attended the meeting. He and Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd say they have been in touch with the centre owners and management and are pushing to get some form of trading on the site as soon as possible.
Structural engineers have been on site and samples have been taken, but no news has been released about the future of the centre.