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£1.8million pledge to rebuild Triangle shops in Langdon Hills
6:00am Thursday 10th October 2013 in Echo News
A SHOPPING complex destroyed by fire is likely to be rebuilt within a year as £1.8million is pledged for the work.
Basildon Council has unveiled its timetable to rebuild the Triangle Shops, in Langdon Hills, after a fire ripped through the complex in January.
The authority wants the precinct finished by September 2014 as it prepares to approve a £1.8million investment to make the shopping complex better than ever.
Councillors are expected to approve plans to borrow the majority of the cash at a meeting on Tuesday, and press on with building the new shopping parade, which will have room for six shops and five flats above.
David Burton-Sampson, chairman of the Langdon Hills Residents’ Association, said: “It has taken a long time but it is better to take time with this and get it right.
“The key thing is it provides local services to the area and does not contain too many residential flats. We are pleased the council has listened to us about that.” If plans are approved to borrow £1.1million for the project – with £700,000 coming from the council’s budget and the insurance payout – then a developer will be sought.
The authority wants planning permission agreed by December and work starting the same month.
Stephen Hillier, Tory councillor for Langdon Hills, said: “I welcome this news. We’ve always said we wanted to see the first spade in the ground by the end of the year.”
Four shops – McColl’s newsagents, Hong Kong House Chinese, Elizabeth Louise hair and beauty salon and the chip shop all burnt down.
All four shops have indicated they will
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