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Shopping centre car park 'fixed'
Castlepoint Centre
The centre was closed over concerns about the car park's safety
More shops have opened at a shopping centre after an interim solution to resolve safety fears over its car park was completed, centre management said.

Shops at the 200m Castlepoint centre at Bournemouth, Dorset, were closed on 1 December due to fears the 3,000-space car park's concrete was unsafe.

The centre was only able to partially-reopen before Christmas.

The interim solution means more shops, including B&Q, have also now opened and more will follow later in the week.

Asda and Principles were able to reopen last weekend, while a number of other stores reopened over the past weeks.

'Understanding and patience'

Health and safety inspectors were due to inspect the temporary works before the car park was able to reopen to the public in full.

A statement read: "Castlepoint management is pleased to announce that the work on the interim solution to the car park has been completed.

"Following completion of the final phase of work, B&Q opened today, Tuesday 17 January.

"The few remaining shops that have yet to reopen will be open by the end of this week."

The management said it thanked the public for their "understanding and patience".

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