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A popular visitor spot near Eastbourne is due to be refurbished courtesy of the National Trust, much to the delight of the hundreds of thousands of visitors who visit the cafe at Birling Gap every year. Work on the site will begin this week and will continue until final completion in March 2014.

Around 350,000 people visit Birling Gap every year whilst enjoying a stay in holiday cottages in Sussex and its vast popularity has meant that the facilities need to be upgraded. This redevelopment will expand the site at the popular beauty spot and works include a new gift shop, an information centre and expanding the cafe with more seating, a bigger serving area and a brand new ice cream parlour which will serve Sussex-made sundaes and ice cream.

Zara Luxford, Birling Gap's operations manager, has said that she is excited to see the work begin and is looking forward to the opening of the new facilities next year. The first glimpse of one of the new developments is not far off; the ice cream parlour is due to open in April 2013, and various stages of the refurbishment will be gradually unveiled, ending with the opening of the information centre in March 2014.