On Thursday 20th December, part of Langney Shopping Centre's roof collapsed, the cause of which is yet to be determined. Building contractors have now been given access to the Langney Shopping Centre to assist the investigations of structural engineers and begin clearing the site.
The process of clearing the debris is expected to take some 4 weeks and the site remains subject to a Dangerous Structures Notice. This means the building must remain closed until the investigation into the cause of the collapse is complete.
Our overwhelming concern is for our traders and the residential tenants who lived in the building. Removing the collapsed roof is a delicate operation and will be time consuming as it is necessary to ensure the health and safety of those working on the site. However, tenants are allowed supervised access to safe areas of the building.
We are working closely with structural engineers, Wealden District Council (working in association with Eastbourne Borough Council as part of the East Sussex Building Control Partnership) and Shopping Centre tenants to ensure that we can re-open as soon as it is safe to do so.