Thousands view plans for Arndale Centre extension

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MORE than 5,000 people visited a two-day public exhibition that unveiled plans for a £65 million extension to the Eastbourne Arndale Centre.

The exhibition was held recently in the former Sony Centre and revealed how the Arndale Centre could look from 2015 with up to 26 new stores.

Visitors were able to give their feedback by completing a questionnaire that asked for their thoughts on the plans. Their views are being collated and will be published in due course, and views expressed during the exhibition were tremendously supportive.

In addition, they were encouraged to give their views on shops and brands they would like to see in the new extension by sticking post-it notes on a white board at the exhibition. The exhibition was organised by Performance Retail Ltd Partnership (PRLP) – owners of the Eastbourne Arndale Centre – which is working closely with Eastbourne Borough Council.

During the two-day event, there was a team from Legal & General, one of the investors in PRLP, who were on hand to answer questions about the plans.

There were also representatives from Eastbourne Borough Council, East Sussex County Council and Stagecoach, who answered questions about the proposals to improve bus facilities in and around Terminus Road together with major improvements to public areas.

Simon Russian, senior fund manager at Legal & General, said, “I would like to thank everyone who took the time to visit the exhibition. We were absolutely delighted that more than 5,000 people came along to see our plans for the Arndale Centre.

“From our point of view, we were flat out talking to visitors, answering questions and hearing different opinions. It was fantastic to get such positive feedback and to hear local people’s views. We will now be going through the questionnaires very carefully to ensure that our plans reflect what those who will shop in Eastbourne think.”

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.