Shopping centre roof repairs delay

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Repair work to the roof of Langney Shopping Centre had been due to start at the beginning of the month but there has been no sign of any progress at the site this week.

The popular shopping centre has now been closed for more than three months after the roof caved in on a stormy night four days before Christmas.

Businesses inside the centre, Langney Cllr Alan Shuttleworth, Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd and the Herald have been pushing for answers on why the roof collapsed and when the centre will reopen but the agents for the owners, London and Associated Management Services (LAMS), have remained tight-lipped.

Earlier this year, however, a spokesperson from LAMS said repair work would start on April 1 but they are now saying they are still making arrangements and hope the contractors will be on site by next week.

A spokesman for the centre managers said, “A contractor has been appointed and the works necessary to enable the centre to reopen have been agreed.

“We are currently working with the contractor and tenants to agree the phasing of the work, which will require a number of the retail units to be emptied whilst work is carried out. As soon as that phasing programme is agreed work will commence, which we are hopeful will be next week.

“The work will be completed as quickly as it is safe to do so and we are working with our contractor and the local authority Building Control officers to get the centre open as soon as possible.”

See a full report, including a question and answers with LAMS, on page three of Tuesday’s Gazette (April 2), which is still in the shops.