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Shopping centre reopening fears
Castlepoint Centre
The centre opened in 2003 and has 40 stores
Concerns have been raised over plans to reopen a 200m out-of-town shopping centre which closed over safety fears.

The Castlepoint Centre was shut on 1 December over worries that the concrete in the car park was unsafe.

The Castlepoint partnership is planning a phased reopening on 19 December, with 1,000 spaces available initially.

But Bournemouth Borough Council is worried that there will be traffic problems if all the 2,975 car park spaces are not available.

Planning conditions

A council spokeswoman said: "We are very concerned about the traffic implications of a partial re-opening.

"Also, we have not yet been given enough information about the structural problems to be confident about the safety works.

"The planning conditions are quite clear that 2,975 car park spaces must be available at all times the centre is open."

In May, the lower level of the car park was closed for three weeks when concrete fell from the roof, and in 2003 concerns about the car park closed the B&Q store.

In a statement Castlepoint partnership said it "continues to work closely with Bournemouth Borough Council on other contingencies such as park and ride schemes".

A spokesman said: "The decision we took on 1 December was very difficult from a commercial point of view, but from the health and safety point of view it was very easy.

"We will not compromise on safety."




SEE ALSO:
Safety scare car park to reopen
06 Dec 05 |  Dorset
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13 May 05 |  Dorset


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