Stylish future for former Battle bookmakers

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Work has begun to breathe new life into a shop which has been standing empty in Battle for several years.

The former bookmakers at Lake House, on the roundabout by Lower Lake, next to Your Cafe, has proved to be a blot on the landscape since it became vacant around four years ago.

But back in November salon owner Stelios Michael bought the building and is preparing to open a new hairdressers on the site.

The 36-year-old businessman owns Red Hair, in Castle Street, Hastings, as well as a second salon in Ashford.

Stelios says there has been a lot of interest since he took over the building, with Battle residents keen to be kept up-to-date with developments.

He said: “When I am in there with the builders, people keep coming in and saying it’s good something is being done with it.”

The team is working towards a September opening, which will coincide with the tenth anniversary of the salon in Hastings.

But there is still plenty of work to be done.

The building needs re-wiring and the shop looks ‘an absolute mess’ according to Stelios.

But he added: “It will be the best looking shop in the town by the time we have finished it.”

Red Hair in Hastings has a number of clients from Battle on its books who Stelios says have urged him to open a salon in the town.

He said: “We have got a lot of customers who come to us from Battle and the surrounding areas, so our customers have been telling us to do it for years.”

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