Charity shop is left in dark at news of closure

Kit Wilson Charity Shop Terminus Rd SUS-150402-170242001
Kit Wilson Charity Shop Terminus Rd SUS-150402-170242001

The manager of a charity shop earmarked for demolition with the extension of the Arndale Centre says staff have heard nothing about if and when they will have to close.

Laurelee Rudolph, the manager at the Kit Wilson Trust for Animal Welfare shop in Terminus Road, said it has not been offered an alternative unit or compensation by developers planning to extend the shopping mall.

The shop is along the stretch of Terminus Road between Game and the Gildredge Pub which will be knocked down to make way for the new part of the shopping complex.

Laurelee said, “We are one of the units earmarked for demolition in the unnecessary redevelopment.

“As a charity we have not as yet received a Compulsory Purchase Order, offered any units or compensation or been given any plans of works or schedule so cannot move until it will be too late and therefore lose our shop.

“As a self-funded local charity we can ill afford to lose this unit but thanks to a lack of communication this is what will happen as we would never be able to afford the rents asked inside and as we are still tied to our lease till 2016, without a CPO cannot move.”

Arndale Centre bosses say they have kept shops informed about what is happening.

Bill Plumridge, the manager of the centre, said, “We have met with the assistant manager of The Kit Wilson Trust and subsequently been in contact with the manager on numerous occasions since August last year.

“With regard to the Compulsory Purchase Orders, Eastbourne Borough Council has not yet issued CPOs to any property affected by the extension.”

Work on the new extension is expected to start early next year and will see 22 new shops and a multiplex cinema open.