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The final curtain for the Grange at Midhurst

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The start of the demonlition work on the former Grange Centre.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C140438-1 SUS-140104-171602001

C140438-1 Mid Demo phot kate The start of the demonlition work on the former Grange Centre.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C140438-1 SUS-140104-171602001

It was the final curtain for the old Grange leisure centre when the bulldozers moved in.

And it was the last part of the Grange project carried out by developers Leadbitter, to build the new centre and demolish the old one.

The demolition work and the final touches to the outside of the new centre are expected to be complete by early summer.

The next major changes will be the development of the old Grange site.

Chichester District Council has moved to sell the site to recoup some of the £8.1m cost of the new centre.

There was interest expressed in the site by at least four supermarkets.

But last month the district council announced its preferred buyer for was Kimberley Developments which is working with Waitrose.

The company is now drawing up plans for a Waitrose store on the old Grange which will eventually be decided by the planning committee of the South Downs National Park Authority.

Planning permission exists for homes on the site but the prospect of a Waitrose supermarket has been widely welcomed by both traders and shoppers in the town.

 

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