Empty shops are being torn down in revamp

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DEMOLITION work has started on empty shop units in Aylesbury’s Walton Court Centre.

Bosses at the Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust, which owns the site, says its £11.35 million revamp of the centre is set to be completed by the summer next year.

A statement from the trust said: “The first phase works has started and will see work being carried out to extend the Healthy Living Centre.

“A number of temporary measures have been put in place to keep the centre open for business including a entry via the car park and a portable building to house the social club.”

Since the start of the year, work on the site has focused on reopening thePost Office, ahead of plans to rehouse it to a new home in the Co-Op later this year.

Solar panels are also being installed, and site surveys are being carried out.

Temporary bin chutes are also being installed.

The plans feature a barbecue area, sitting circle, cycle stands, grass lawns, ornamental shrubs and space set aside for residents to grow their own vegetables.

The design was inspired by Red or Dead fashion designer and design consultant Wayne Hemingway.