The great outdoors: Hale Leys café will change ‘uninviting’ Long Lional alleyway

An artist's impression of the new cafe planned for Hale Leys
An artist's impression of the new cafe planned for Hale Leys
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Plans for an outdoor café and playing area outside Hale Leys Shopping Centre in the Long Lional alleyway have been approved.

The new café, adjacent to the entrance, will have extensive outdoor seating and a new children’s play area will be integrated into the landscaping.

It marks the first phase of Aylesbury Vale Estates’ (which is backed by Aylesbury Vale District Council) improvement plans for the shopping centre, having purchased it in September.

Graham Cole of Aylesbury Vale Estate previously said that the removal of the old civic buildings and the surface car park that has replaced them ‘changes entirely the nature of what was previously a dark uninviting Long Lional’ – making an outdoor cafe an attractive proposition.

Aylesbury Vale Estates said it wants to ‘upgrade the currently bland and unappealing entrance which links with the Exchange Street car park’.

The works are all tied in with a series of renovations for inside the shopping centre.