Safety checks keep Chelmsford's indoor market area closed
16th March 2011
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Chelmsford's indoor market and High Chelmer car park remain closed.


Following an incident last week involving a slab of concrete falling from the roof of Chelmsford's indoor market, the immediate area was temporarily closed.


It has now been announced that the entire site will need to remain closed in order for essential safety work to be completed.


The affected site includes the building which houses 120 indoor market stalls and the 800 space car park above. The whole area will remain closed until at least Saturday 26th March.


The bus interchange situated underneath High Chelmer car park will also stay closed, meaning passengers must use the main Duke Street terminus.


High Chelmer shopping centre remains open, although there are concerns that that the closure of the car park and bus terminus will affect trade.


The council has apologised for the inconvenience caused but Ian Grundy, Cabinet Member for Safer Communities said: "This precautionary closure is a necessary course of action to ensure the safety of residents and visitors who use High Chelmer car park and the retail market."


During the closure, work will be carried out testing the condition of the concrete and the strength of the underlying reinforcement bars.


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