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Castlepoint car park repairs to go before planners
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.”