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Six retailers sue shopping centre
The centre was closed over concerns about the car park's safety
Retailers are suing a 200m Dorset shopping centre after it closed for Christmas when a car park was found to be unsafe.

Bournemouth's Castlepoint closed for Christmas 2005 because of fears its car park was structurally unsound.

Now six retailers have started legal proceedings to reclaim lost earnings.

Another retailer, TK Maxx, has agreed an out of court settlement through a compensation scheme set up by centre owners Castlepoint Limited Partnership.

Hargreaves (Sports) is claiming almost 200,000, while WH Smith, Boots, New Look, Stylo Barratts and Arcadia are also pursuing action.

Car park rebuild

In a statement David Paine, spokesman for Castlepoint Limited Partnership, said: "We are pleased that the claim from TK Maxx relating to the closure of the centre in 2005 has been settled.

"We hope this will provide confidence to other retailers that the scheme established in December 2006 can address their valid claims.

Castlepoint car park
Temporary repairs have allowed the car park to reopen

"We are actively engaged with all of the retailers, including those who have chosen to litigate."

Castlepoint shut without warning on 1 December 2005 following reports from engineers highlighting health and safety concerns over the car park.

The car park and centre partially reopened before Christmas and the shops reopened in stages over the next few months.

Temporary remedial work allowed the 200m centre to report record numbers of cars visiting last Christmas.

But Castlepoint has admitted the car park will have to be rebuilt.

Two more Castlepoint shops open
14 Jan 06 |  Dorset
Shops set for partial reopening
16 Dec 05 |  Dorset

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