Castlepoint car park repairs to go before planners

Bournemouth Echo: Castlepoint’s flawed car park Castlepoint’s flawed car park

COMPLEX and lengthy proposals to rebuild Castlepoint’s flawed car park will be presented to the next meeting of Bournemouth’s planning board.

A planning application to rebuild the car park has not yet been submitted but committee members will receive a pre-application presentation on what the eventual proposals will involve on Monday, July 21.

The owners of the Castlepoint shopping centre in the Strouden Park area of Bournemouth recently revealed a five-year plan to rebuild the car park.

Castlepoint had to close temporarily in December 2005 after cracks appeared in the concrete floor and columns.

Kier, the original builders of the car park, will carry out the rebuild. A planning application will be submitted later this year and, if given the go ahead, work could start as soon as next spring.

Cllr David Kelsey, the chair of the planning board, said the main challenge for councillors would be trying to mitigate the impact of the building work.

“It’s a case of us making sure we’re avoiding any excess traffic chaos,” he said.

“It’s a job we have had in the pipeline for a long time, we’ve known it was going to come along.

“It’s a day we’ve almost been dreading but at the same time it needs to be done for the public safety of the car park.

“It’s unfortunate that we’re having to do this all again but we need to make sure people realise it’s not a council issue.

“It’s the developers and the builders that have cocked it up in the first place.”

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7:52am Mon 14 Jul 14

new2it says...

Let's just hope they don't "**** it up again" then,
Let's just hope they don't "**** it up again" then, new2it
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12:35pm Mon 14 Jul 14

BmthNewshound says...

David Kelsey is being pretty negative about the plans before they have even received the pre-application presentation. Castlepoint provides jobs for hundreds of local people and is a major contributor to the local economy. The car park fiasco has gone on for long enough and the Council should do everything it can to support the shopping centres plans.
David Kelsey is being pretty negative about the plans before they have even received the pre-application presentation. Castlepoint provides jobs for hundreds of local people and is a major contributor to the local economy. The car park fiasco has gone on for long enough and the Council should do everything it can to support the shopping centres plans. BmthNewshound
  • Score: 6

12:37pm Mon 14 Jul 14

muscliffman says...

Councillor David Kelsey of planning said "“It’s a case of us making sure we’re avoiding any excess traffic chaos,”

That's a bit rich coming from the Town Hall when they are causing absolute chaos (short and long-term) themselves putting in expensive cycling priorities and a load of trending roadside tat along Castle Lane West that virtually nobody wanted or asked for.

Indeed I am sure most motorists would be happy about some brief delays whilst Castlepoint renew their car parks, not least because these facilities are much wanted and actually used!
Councillor David Kelsey of planning said "“It’s a case of us making sure we’re avoiding any excess traffic chaos,” That's a bit rich coming from the Town Hall when they are causing absolute chaos (short and long-term) themselves putting in expensive cycling priorities and a load of trending roadside tat along Castle Lane West that virtually nobody wanted or asked for. Indeed I am sure most motorists would be happy about some brief delays whilst Castlepoint renew their car parks, not least because these facilities are much wanted and actually used! muscliffman
  • Score: 11

12:54pm Mon 14 Jul 14

BarrHumbug says...

Hopefully the contractor will do it themselves this time rather than sub it out to a second firm who then sub it out to a third!! No wonder it ended up being built out of Weetabix!
Hopefully the contractor will do it themselves this time rather than sub it out to a second firm who then sub it out to a third!! No wonder it ended up being built out of Weetabix! BarrHumbug
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10:08pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Yankee1 says...

Didn't Kier build the new Swanage School?
Didn't Kier build the new Swanage School? Yankee1
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10:42pm Mon 14 Jul 14

cllrdavek says...

BmthNewshound wrote:
David Kelsey is being pretty negative about the plans before they have even received the pre-application presentation. Castlepoint provides jobs for hundreds of local people and is a major contributor to the local economy. The car park fiasco has gone on for long enough and the Council should do everything it can to support the shopping centres plans.
Not trying to be negative ,just pointing out that we have to try and get the job done as soon as possible for the exact reasons you mention ,jobs etc and because of that we need to make sure the car park can still be used to its maximum during the works
[quote][p][bold]BmthNewshound[/bold] wrote: David Kelsey is being pretty negative about the plans before they have even received the pre-application presentation. Castlepoint provides jobs for hundreds of local people and is a major contributor to the local economy. The car park fiasco has gone on for long enough and the Council should do everything it can to support the shopping centres plans.[/p][/quote]Not trying to be negative ,just pointing out that we have to try and get the job done as soon as possible for the exact reasons you mention ,jobs etc and because of that we need to make sure the car park can still be used to its maximum during the works cllrdavek
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