Works starts on new Aldi store

Cosmetica site demolition starts (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-151208-152859008
Cosmetica site demolition starts (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-151208-152859008

Work to knock down buildings on the former Cosmetica site in preparation for an Aldi supermarket has begun.

Contractors from AR Demolition Ltd moved into the area on Monday, August 10 to start bringing down the existing buildings, ready for the new store to be built.

It is expected the supermarket, on Lottbridge Drove, will open in early 2016, creating 50 jobs for local people.

The store will have a sales area of around 1,250 sqm and 113 free parking spaces, including dedicated bays for those with special needs and parent and child spaces.

A new access to the site will be constructed from Lottbridge Drove and a further exit through the industrial estate to ease traffic on Lottbridge Drove, is also planned.

A pedestrian walkway will be created across the car park and cycle parking will be provided.

Town planners gave the development the green light at the end of last year after the building itself has stood empty for more than five years and fallen into a state of disrepair.

Thousands of local residents have pledged their support to the store, with councillors across the political spectrum also saying it would be good for Hampden Park and for Eastbourne.

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