Long-awaited Grange plans are brought to life

Clearing the site - Work starts on the Grange car park
Clearing the site - Work starts on the Grange car park

FOUNDATION works for the long-awaited new Grange Centre finally began this week with the arrival of a massive crane on the site in front of South Pond.

The second stage of the work on the new £8m building started on Monday after another section of the car park had been fenced off and workmen moved in.

A new pedestrian footway has also been constructed around the edge of the building site giving access to the town centre from the Grange Centre.

The Grange Road entrance is now closed for this phase of the project, but the road is still available for parking for the Woodland Veterinary surgery.

Access to the Grange car park is now available only through Bepton Road.

The project is being carried out by the construction company Leadbitter who are anxious to keep members of the public informed about the progress of the new centre.

As part of their communication process a ‘Meet the Builder’ event is taking place at the Grange Centre on Wednesday between 11am and 1pm.

Members of the project team will be on hand to meet residents, listen to their concerns and answer questions about the building works.

Jane Hotchkiss, assistant director for leisure and wellbeing at Chichester District Council, said: “The construction company are doing everything they can to minimise disruption to local residents and they have started on the next phase of the project, which is great news.

“Unfortunately, due to the scale of the project, there will be some disruption to car parking. However, we aim to keep this to a minimum and are currently working on a number of solutions that we hope will provide more spaces.

“We hope people will bear with us during this time and we look forward to delivering a fantastic new facility.

“Once the development has been completed, there will be an additional 72 car spaces available, taking the total to 303 spaces.”