Ambitious plan to boost Eastbourne’s nightlife

Artist's impression of Arndale Centre plan
Artist's impression of Arndale Centre plan

Plans for the development of a new nine-screen cinema and seven restaurants as part of the proposed extension to the Arndale Centre will be unveiled at a public consultation on Tuesday (December 3).

If approved, the enhanced scheme will revitalise Eastbourne’s night-time economy as well as acting as an important catalyst for the town’s wider regeneration.

The cinema and restaurant scheme is in addition to the existing extension proposal, which will bring 22 new stores and extra car parking spaces to the Arndale.

That project has already received unanimous support at the planning committee last year.

The consultation, which is to be held in the Arndale Centre outside Top Shop from 10am until 4pm on Tuesday, will provide further details of how the cinema and restaurants would be integrated into the new extension and how the enlarged Arndale Centre could look.

It is also an important opportunity for residents and shoppers to provide feedback on the upgraded plans.

The new proposed additions to the scheme would raise the total investment of Legal & General, which owns the Arndale Centre, to £85 million from the original figure of £70 million.

Simon Russian, head of retail development at Legal & General Property, said, “We are delighted to announce plans for a new multi-screen cinema and seven restaurants at the Arndale Centre as part of the extension.

“The aim of the consultation is to hear people’s views on the proposed enhancements to the scheme, therefore we hope as many people as possible will provide us with their feedback.

“We believe that this addition will provide an important boost to Eastbourne’s night-time economy and that the enlarged overall scheme will help to regenerate the wider town acting as a major catalyst that drives further investment and improvements to the town centre.”

Leader of Eastbourne Borough Council, Councillor David Tutt, said, “This is an exciting addition to the Arndale proposals which will provide additional leisure facilities in the town centre and hopefully provide some of the eateries that many young people in Eastbourne have been asking for”.

And leader of the Opposition Group, Councillor David Elkin, added, “We welcome the additional spend in the town by Legal & General and look forward to seeing the detailed plans in due course.”