Artist’s impressions of the future of Langney Shopping Centre have been unveiled as it’s announced that some shops will reopen next week.
The popular shopping centre is currently closed after the roof caved in four days before Christmas.
However, owners have submitted plans to Eastbourne Borough Council to give the centre a face lift.
David Brown, spokesman for Langney Shopping Centre, said, “We are very pleased to be able to present these exciting new plans for extending the Langney Shopping Centre to the public today.
“We had already begun detailed discussions with the council last year about plans to extend the centre but these had to be put on hold after the roof collapse in December.”
There has been widespread frustration among customers, business owners and local politicians about the closure of the centre and the lack of information coming from the owners’ agents London and Associated Property Management Services (LAMS).
However, this week it was revealed that repair works were on target to be completed by the end of July and shops on the outside of the building at the eastern end of the centre due to reopen next week.
Mr Brown added, “Now that repairs of the centre are well under way we are keen to press ahead with our development proposals to allow us to reinvigorate the centre and attract new retailers to improve the shopping experience for our customers.
“We appreciate that the last few months have been very challenging for our tenants and customers but we hope people will feel able to support the plans which will give the centre a new lease of life.”
Repairs began several weeks ago and LAMS says the works are phased to allow individual shops to open as soon as the council’s building control officer declares them safe and ready to occupy.
The face lift plans will be decided by Eastbourne Borough Council’s planning committee on a date to be fixed but the centre is set to be reopened in its current, but repaired, form before the development for an improved centre takes place.