Plans revealed to improve Meridian Centre in Peacehaven

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Co-op is looking at ways to improve the Meridian Centre in Peacehaven, says MP Simon Kirby.

The MP arranged a meeting with Co-op at Parliament to convey residents’ concerns.

He added the Co-op was also hoping to relaunch the Meridian Centre as a vibrant community hub.

The MP said it was clear residents valued the ventre, however many felt it was not living up to its potential due to disrepair, vandalism, empty shops and underuse.

Mr Kirby said: “I am pleased that the Co-Op group acknowledged many of the problems that have been raised, and they are assessing a number of ways to improve the aesthetic appeal of the centre as well as the facilities that are available there.

“They confirmed to me that they will look to improve the shabby exterior signage, refurbish the toilet facilities and increase recycling services.”

He added it was offering favourable terms to potential tenants to attract more businesses and that it was planning to host events for schools, businesses and charities.

Director of commercial and investment property at The Co-operative Estates, Geoff Player, said during the last four years around £4.6m had been invested in The Meridian Centre to improve it. This included almost £1m on fire safety works which are now complete.

He added: “As the anchor retailer within the centre, we have a direct interest in seeking to maintain and grow customer footfall and have a common objective with the community in seeking to improve the vibrancy and vitality of the centre.”