Eastbourne Borough Council are planning a massive town centre redevelopment in an effort to increase their retail offer and compete with more successful destinations like Brighton.
The LibDem leader on the Council has thrown the gauntlet down by saying this will be: “regeneration of a scale that will rival every other regional centre for retail and leisure” Tourism director Norman Kinnish went one step further when he said: “We know that a lot of money that could be spent in Eastbourne on shopping and leisure is going out to Brighton.”
The regeneration area includes the dated Arndale Centre, Junction Rd multi-storey car park and the area around the Railway Station. A revitalised Eastbourne could certainly represent a threat to Brighton’s dominant retail position if it was done well but it is unlikely to include an equivalent of the North Laine and Lanes, which have been hundreds of years in the making. However, if it includes a couple of decent, big department stores it could give the town an edge that Brighton lacks and significantly this provision is specifically included in the brief.
The proposed boundary for the area is in multiple ownership and there will be the inevitable problems of land assembly, which might require an element of compulsory purchase.
Meetings are being organised and a roadshow will run from November 15th to January 7th before the proposals go to full council in February 2005. The Brighton & Hove Economic Partnership (BHEP) will keep a watching brief on development proposals. For more details click on the link below.
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